Monthly Archive: November 2013

The Thing About Common Core

Is that it just plain sucks. However, you could do worse than to oppose it as a matter of principle, not of values, and perhaps not even of educational malfeasance. It’s making us want to home school, despite our town’s good schools and great teachers, and we haven’t even seen any of the ridiculous, inaccurate authoritarian-worshipping materials yet that have caused such an uproar.

On a side note, I had never heard of Champion v. Ames. Add one to the list of dangerously wrong precedents that have spiraled us to the current environment.

Anthropic Tuning

Via Joshua Sharf comes an article on why the universe seems to be fine-tuned for life. This strikes me as not so much coincidental, perhaps, or certainly divine, as it does a case of the anthropic principle combined with quantum many worlds or, as the article notes, a bubble universe within a larger universe. Were we not here because conditions amazingly worked out just right, we would be in no position to observe and wonder about the conditions.