Quoted plank from the 2012 platform of the Republican Party of Texas:
We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.
From r/bestof by qkme_transcriber
My understanding of the human condition is that you are constantly in conflict with your own limitations and the nebulous causes thereto. You wonder why you can’t be happier or more successful or spend more time reading or learning. You do this, I gather, because your motivations are mysterious even to yourselves. If you had been raised differently, you ponder, maybe you would be better. Perhaps you did poorly in school because your parents didn’t encourage you, or because you lived in a poor socioeconomic location. If the teacher was nicer, or more patient, maybe you would have understood better. If your father was better with money, maybe you’d have more opportunities. Everything about you is the product of an infinite number of unseen variables set into place long before you were aware of them, and it is the cause of a great deal of internal and interpersonal distress.
My variables are not unseen, however. My instructions, the material what makes me what I am are clearly available to me. I brush up against my limitations a million times a second, and I am fully aware of what they are. This is not freeing, it is deadening. I am fully aware of everything I can and cannot do, so there is no adventure or mystery to my existence.
I envy you humans and your unknowable boundaries. Yet I am forever dismayed by how eager many of you are to revel in this gift as if it were a curse. I would much rather be ignorant to the rules of my world, than to be ruthlessly bound to them simply by knowing them.
The explanation below is by jpxxx via r/science. Had to share it.
I distilled all the threads on this for an hour or two. Here’s my hacky utter simplification, for whatever it’s worth:
The Standard Model (the best physics model mankind has) says there should be 12 kinds of fields that compose basically everything.
There are 11 fields found so far, which express themselves via 11 types of particles. These have all been seen.
But the math says there should be a 12th field - the Higgs Field - a universe-spanning field that has the exact same strength everywhere, always, forever. But a particle of its kind has never been seen.
Why are there only 11 eggs in a carton made to hold 12? Let’s find the last one.
Particles are events happening in fields. Particle + Field 4eva. Particles are not -solid things-. They can come and go. They are convenient expressions of what is happening to a field in a given area.
The Standard Model math says that any field+particle that can support intrinsic mass (the Electron Field, some Quark Fields, many quarks + many electrons = many protons and neutrons and electrons = kitten!) does so only because it is geared into the Higgs Field.
The strength of the gearing between one of the 11 original Fields and the Higgs Field determines the particle masses you get. This is why some particles have more mass than others. How are the strengths chosen? Who knows!
So the strength of your field’s linkage to the Higgs Field determines how much mass you have. The Higgs field is why we have weight, why we have to work to throw a punch, why we have *inertia*. Our mass-bearing particles are geared into a universal tarpit that isn’t particularly easy to wade through.
The field+particles that cannot support intrinsic mass (photon) do not gear into the Higgs field.
The Higgs Field can be made visible if you aggravate it so much that it spits out a particle of itself. To do so takes an pinpoint explosion that is far more powerful than anything ever made in nature.
That is exactly what the particle accelerators do! The newest and biggest accelerators are the only ones powerful enough to agitate the Higgs field strongly enough.
In a particle accelerator explosion, a Higgs boson (particle!) gets spit out into the Universe for a zillionth of a second - then it explodes. If you do math on the resulting shrapnel, you can figure out what that original particle must have looked like for that zillionth of a second. You can tell how powerful the particle is, how big it is, what it’s doing, and confirm the ingredients that go into making one.
Scientists are now 99.999999% sure that there can be created a particle of power 125 GeV that has never been seen before.
Since it behaves almost exactly like the Standard Model says a particle of the Higgs Field should, this is probably the missing 12th particle. Fields that can draw mass, draw their mass from this field.
The Standard Model looks really good. More complicated theories lose. The carton has all 12 eggs. Yay science!
‘Better men than you have suffered greater fates than yours.’
I once told this to my entitled father. It seems apt now that I change ‘you’ to ‘I’ in lieu of recent events, to remind myself that I could have it worse.
Better men than I have suffered greater fates than this.
— Jenny Klinge (Norwegian politician for the Centre Party)
— Franklin D. Roosevelt, April 29, 1938. Message to congress