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On College Education

The modern world has come to see College as a necessary part of  upper class life.  Once a High School education was once deemed appropriate for business and many more jobs; now, due to the level of specialization needed in many fields, a bachelors degree is considered necessary. One professor of mine impressed upon me the difference between a high school and a college education: the teacher. College professors tend to have doctorates in a myriad of subjects and knowledge to back their titles. However, they lack teaching training and will therefore teach in the best fashion they know.

For some, the teaching is excellent. Rather than merely imitating their predecessors (who have imitated their predecessors), they have studied not only their art, but aspects of education. These teachers are what makes college a worthwhile experience, a combination of superior knowledge and a drive to teach well. On the other hand, there are professors that are fill-ins. They will drone monotonously over the material and when asked a question, divert the question to another subject to maintain lesson plan, or simply sit quietly while a student tries to explain. These are classes to avoid, if possible. Any college education requires General Education credits, and unfortunately some of these classes will have teachers like this. I encourage you to avoid them.

Taking a reputably harder class with a good teacher will be far more valuable than taking an “easy class” from a bad one. Therefore, I do not believe the quality of education in college always exceeds that of high school.

Before I came to Southwestern (SWAU, for those that know it as such), I was an academy student who deeply wanted to go into Chemistry. I’d taken my AP Chem class and enjoyed it, but I remembered one high school teacher that made a profound difference in my life, Alex Prouty. Sadly, he is no longer teaching, but English and History became interesting and enjoyable in his classes. Though I’d always been an avid reader, I hadn’t considered my current majors (and probably wouldn’t have chosen them) except for his influence. I suspect we all have a teacher that made a difference in our lives, and I’ll wager that a majority challenged us and we learned more.

A good teacher, whether in college or high school, or elementary for that matter, makes all the difference in education. So for those of you entering College, worried about your choice in life, I encourage you to find teachers that bring your subject from out of the textbook, even if it is more difficult. I personally can recommend a few teachers from both the English and History departments.

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Rebirth and Redesign

Greetings,

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce the new NeuroReverb site. It has been redesigned in a few ways, some more evident that others. The obvious changes are the aesthetic ones: New layout, font, header, etc. What might be a bit more subtle is the focus this blog is going to take. I had originally envisioned this as a place to merely discuss matters pertaining to censorship and other matters. Now I’d like this to take a broader approach and discuss other matters that I find particularly interesting.

Over this past year I’ve learned many things and many of my outlooks have been altered or informed. This new year will be an interesting one and I look forward to all of your comments and feedback.

&c

Scott

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On Grades and General Education

Greetings,

To all of you out in the aether,  I’d like to muse on something.

Some of you might be students, and I’m aware that most of you will be now out of school.  For that, I will now breathe a sigh of relief.  After all the busyness of the semester everyone has a moment to, if not think on religious matters, to contemplate stillness. To sit quietly without the pressure of grades, or teachers, or peers.

Before you pass out, give me a moment. During this time especially, I’m reminded of one of my favorite quotes, by the American author Mark Twain: “Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.”

Formal education has a place of importance, but what is often neglected is true learning. Break is a time when we, as students, can take time to learn what we actually want to learn. In our formal education there is a belief that everything we need to learn will be set down in a syllabus, but the most important parts of our learning come from life experience.

So I’m appealing to those of you that think grades justify your learning, School is not the summation of education, but merely an aspect. Learn how a car works, find out why the sky is blue, or why television can broadcast the same show over the world.

Off to read,

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Music Industry To Target College Students and Universities

This post is a response to an article that can be found: HERE

Greetings,

I came across the aforementioned article and wanted to say a few words about the state of things. At Southwestern (Adventist University), the ability to torrent has been disabled on the wireless network for performance reasons; however, over traffic to torrent sites and torrent tools, both legal and illegal, is restricted on all connections. That in itself is an entirely separate matter and at one point I went over that in a previous article on this blog: Piracy and Internet Censorship

The issue I wanted to talk about was the following paragraph:

“In July this year, the US put into effect a new requirement for colleges and universities to stop illicit file-sharing on their networks. This legislation puts defiant schools at risk of losing federal funding if they don’t do enough to stop illicit file-sharers on their campus.”

There are some issues I take with this. Who does it say controls the government if the entertainment industry can control university funding? Who decides whether what a university has done is enough? Why will this help?

1: Those with money control the government. I know we’d, myself included, like to believe that our democracy is a true representation of the will of the people, but let’s be honest. Lobbyists for many industries pay for senators and congressmen that will vote in their favor. Oil, Music, Logging, Automotive, and many others. They’ve recently had to limit the amount of gifts lobbyists can give to politicians yet again. It’s depressing.

2: My guess is that if this legislation doesn’t have the desired results, then the government will start restricting everyone who has not implemented draconian P2P reforms, but in the end that leads to #3.

3: Yes, it probably will stop piracy a bit, but the truth is that it will only momentarily delay the fall of label companies. Artists are getting more money that they ever have (In-depth Research), so there goes the excuse that loss of record sales is causing music artists to suffer. Many universities and colleges will probably implement reforms, but I worry about what precedent this sets.

I will not say piracy is correct, but the methods that are being used to deal with it are more harmful to America than piracy itself. I always worry when I see websites going to China to escape US censorship. Ironic, but sad.

A few thoughts until some other time.

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Minecraft

Greetings,

About 3-4 months ago I began playing a game called Minecraft. So what? Well, I believe I found something that brought me back to my days as a kid playing legos with all the elements of a virtual world. The premise is simple. You are alone in a world full of blocks of many shapes, colors, and sizes. You can destroy them, craft them, or even build with them. Colossal structures or humble cottages, it is your choice. But Wait, that sounds kinda boring? Well, depending on the settings you choose you can enjoy that blissful peace of spelunking and building, or you can add elements of danger. Come nightfall (If you should so choose) creatures attack: zombies, skeleton archers, little critters called creepers that like to explode violently, and many more to come.

The developer, who we affectionately refer to as Notch, took an old game and made it into a beautiful in-development experience. The game is only in the Alpha stages, so there are glitches, but the constant updates and the multiplayer forums are alway abuzz and though there are always trolls, the game is whatever you make it.

You can play the old game for free, or watch other people videos on Youtube, but I will personally vouch that out of every game I’ve bought over the course of my life, Minecraft is in the top 3. It has yet to be completed so I think it might surpass my favorite. Give it a try:

Minecraft

See you next time and Happy Thanksgiving

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Comic Absence

Greetings to all of you out in the Aether,

I’ve been gone for a while to work on various things, but I got pulled back by the need to write. Who knew?

I suppose there should be some sort of excuse for my absence, but Restoration Comic Theory tends to bore people. What I will do, however, is give you guys a sneak peak at my progress in my story. A point of clarification: The character who scribed this work is not me, but rather the book is a product of the character. This is as much his story as any story he tells.

I hope you enjoy.

Until the next time.

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The Rough Writers

Greetings,

For all of you out in the aether and for those a bit closer to home, I give you The Rough Writers. Southwestern Adventist University has its very our campus creative writing group. Though we’ve been around for a few years, we’ve only recently been admitted as the official club of the English department. However, this group is for everyone who enjoys creative writing, from novels to poetry, without regard to major.

Nowhere near that old.

A Recently Founded Writing Group.

Our weekly meetings take place from 5pm to 6pm in the Write-Spot, located in the back corner of the library, where we work together to better our ability with writing with feedback and suggestions in a friendly environment.

Admission is free, of course, but you’ll get half off if you bring a friend. So don’t hesitate to come in and have some fun.

We welcome everyone to visit our Rough Writers forum at: <roughwriters.proboards.com> Feel free to sign up and join the experience.

Until the next post…

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