The Classicist

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BBC News - Jake Chapman: Taking children to galleries is a 'waste of time'

Oh, Jake Chapman,

How stupid are you? Let me count the ways…

A) as if half the adults “understand” it, in his narrow definition of “understanding”. That’s why we write an explanation on little while panels or provide audio guides.

B) some of these artists are deliberately obscure. Complaining that children (or anyone) can’t understand it is literally the same as making up a new language, not telling anyone how to speak it, and then complaining when you’re not understood.

C) Artists don’t own the meaning of their work in the eyes/mind of the viewer. They don’t get to control how people think about it, think of it, or appreciate it. What are you, the fricking thought police?

Filed under artists are idiots jake chapman snobbery art

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Yarn from the New Lanark Mill. 90% wool, 10% silk. Now to figure out what to make with it. 

New Lanark is a pretty cool place. It runs, and ran, on renewable energy (water power), was a fair utopia for the working class at the time. At least one of the mills is still in operation, which you can watch. 

Unfortunately they didn’t sell spinning wheels. I really need to get back to learning to spin with my drop spindle. 

So many things to do, so little time.

Yarn from the New Lanark Mill. 90% wool, 10% silk. Now to figure out what to make with it.

New Lanark is a pretty cool place. It runs, and ran, on renewable energy (water power), was a fair utopia for the working class at the time. At least one of the mills is still in operation, which you can watch.

Unfortunately they didn’t sell spinning wheels. I really need to get back to learning to spin with my drop spindle.

So many things to do, so little time.

Filed under yarn knitting crochet wool

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[F]or the first several years the SAT was offered, males scored higher than females on the Math section but females achieved higher scores on the Verbal section. ETS policy-makers determined that the Verbal test needed to be “balanced” more in favor of males, and added questions pertaining to politics, business and sports to the Verbal portion. Since that time, males have outscored females on both the Math and Verbal sections. Dwyer notes that no similar effort has been made to “balance” the Math section, and concludes that, “It could be done, but it has not been, and I believe that probably an unconscious form of sexism underlies this pattern. When females show the superior performance, ‘balancing’ is required; when males show the superior performance, no adjustments are necessary.”

“Gender Bias in College Admissions Tests”, FairTest.org

And then people urge me everything is fine, of course it is, when you’re ignoring statistics that is.

(via cwnl)

Fun fact: SAT tests predict college performance pretty well for men, but they strongly underpredict college performance for women. http://spp.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/12/20/1948550612469038.abstract

HMMMM

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I think I’ve reblogged this before, but that study needs to be shared.

(via conjecturesandconversations)

(Source: aaabbbbbbiiieee, via aquilasaurus)

Filed under troofax so many people have been let down by these type of tests