April 1st, 2006

Beem-Ur the Destructor

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So I have to compress the proposal by about 25% this weekend, and make a nice vector-graphics version of a diagram I originally drew by hand, but otherwise it's shaping up pretty nicely.

Of course this is the weekend of a bachelor party and a first birthday party. I think I'm going to take a vacation when this is all done.

My random gripe of the day: was listening to the radio on the way home and heard mention that there's something in the state legislature about increasing the number of years you have to stay in school, from 10 (starting at age 6) to 12 (starting at age 5). Now, I'm all for public education, and I don't really have any complaint about the measure itself... except that it's intended to solve the problem of Colorado's drop-out rate being too high.

So here's my complaint: does nobody ever even attempt to look at root causes? For God's sake, people, at least try to figure out what the underlying problem is and deal with it! Ask WHY, dammit! Figure out what causes kids to drop out of school and address that, because I would bet you a shiny nickel that the reason is not "well, there wasn't any law against it, so I figured why not..." Bah!