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  1. tailor STATELY's Avatar
    Basic logic: I Karnaugh like it, and Boole was no fool; Venn, I don't know . I find that people without a basic knowledge of logic do quite well actually, logic being inherent in all of us... Homo Logicans we're not likely to become (we're wired too limbic).

    Google query:

    What is the average wage for teachers in the US: "$57,200
    The BLS reports the median annual salary for high school teachers was $57,200 in 2015. The best-paid 10 percent in the field made approximately $91,190, while the bottom 10 percent made $37,800. Compensation is typically based on your years of experience and educational level.
    High School Teacher Salary Information | US News Best Jobs
    money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/high-school-teacher/salary.

    The above is reflected in teachers in my extended family. Seems like a living wage to me. If teachers want to teach for other than the joy of teaching, they're short-changing their students.

    The graphics at https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-...ound-the-world are a little dated (2014), but show a near parity of pay between US and Finland in wages. Note that Finland does gets a better bang for the Euro - with their government kicking in a better per capita funding (if I scan correctly). I also don't believe the Finnish students have near the social pressures the US students have.

    I am dubious re: the Pupil to teacher ratio in the US... it was never that optimistic in my case, nor my daughter's, nor my Grandchildren's (currently).

    This was just a quick Google search... your results may vary, I'll continue to look for more up to date data and look forward to any contributions others may provide.

    Ta ! (short for tarradiddle),
    tailor STATELY
  2. PeterL's Avatar
    Basic logic is an essential part of common conversational speech. Grammar is a form of logic, and a lack of skill with grammar means that someone is incapable of communicating well or clearly, and such a person certainly cannot communicate logically..

    http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/eng20..._fallacies.htm

    In the U.S. the best people are steered away from teaching by the pay and the pay in other fields. In Finland teaching isa highly respected profession and the pay and results reflect that.
    http://ncee.org/what-we-do/center-on...cipal-quality/
  3. tailor STATELY's Avatar
    Basic logic... fine, it's great for programming computers (been there done that), but what you're advocating is the thought police, brainwashing, and a culling - by people of indeterminate moral fiber. I think we, as a species, have already gone down this path once or twice in word and in deed.

    Teachers are severely handicapped by a plurality of social ills that accompany the student into the classroom. Perhaps 4 years of Social work should be a prerequisite prior to attaining a teacher's credential.

    Faith isn't a problem in my humble opinion, lack of faith is.

    Ta ! (short for tarradiddle),
    tailor STATELY
  4. PeterL's Avatar
    Yes, falsifiability is essential to something being scientific. A decent understanding of physics and chemistry is essential to understanding. Medical things are more complicated, and the evidence may be very difficult to find. Finding errors in medical ideas is often a matter of learning more and more. The cholesterol myth is like that. Back when it was decided that cholesterol caused arteriosclerosis, the medical people were reasoning by correlation: the plaque was made of cholesterol, so e\excess cholesterol must be settling out of the blood in clums, but that reasoning was mistaken. Chpolesterol is being transported in the blood all of the time, and it is necessary for the human body, so something must be making it form plaques; this is what researchers realized in the mid-1980's, but they didn't know what caused the plaque, but they knew that it was something other an cholesterol. Since then a number of viruses and bacteria have been connected to the formation of plaque, and it became clear enough that cholesterol was not to blame, th\at the guidelines were corrected. The whole thing took decades, and I didn't know the facts until the late 1980's, but many people still falsely believe that cholesterol is to be avoided. A couple of years ago a physician even suggested that I have my cholesterol level checked.

    How much knowledge is enough? All knowledge, so I keep on learning.
  5. Magnocrat's Avatar
    Yes I take your point just out of interest what are the essential hard sciences ? and do you think some knowledgeable pursuits are borderline ? Do you think the Popper test of falsifiability is essential?
  6. PeterL's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Magnocrat
    It is a problem for me as a complete layman to know what to believe and some experts in a particular subject seem to think they are universal experts. Regarding medicine it has always been somewhat changeable, but we cannot argue that it is not moving in the right direction.
    In politics exaggeration and lies are absolutely essential to be elected and that involves the popular media.
    One can never be completely certain what to believe, but there are certain characteristics of things that are believable. One is that there must be a way to prove it or to show that something else is true; That's what make "religious truth" an oxymoron. In the hard sciences there has to be data' if there is no data, then there is nothing.
  7. Magnocrat's Avatar
    It is a problem for me as a complete layman to know what to believe and some experts in a particular subject seem to think they are universal experts. Regarding medicine it has always been somewhat changeable, but we cannot argue that it is not moving in the right direction.
    In politics exaggeration and lies are absolutely essential to be elected and that involves the popular media.