They tried colorblindness for about my whole life. 40 years ago I remember TV ads educating us about how to be color blind to race. It was preached everywhere you went. But then the word substitutions began and white folk like me didn’t see it. Thugs? Inner city? Animals? Infested? Code talking. The point of removing colorblindness is so we can see what it was replaced with and it’s ugly.

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What adds to the confusion is the false certainty of neuropsychology. Worse yet are “brain on a chip” which compounds errors of inference. Psychology is pragmatic and always changing — I don’t fault it as a field. Science performed scientifically is science. I don’t buy into “soft vs hard science”. As it is, it’s fine for what it does. BUT… Neuropsychology uses what comes from psychology and adds in nifty scans to attach to these theories and adds more certainties on top, because of our implicit bias of “math = strong truth”, mostly because its got a handy internal consistency. Plus, the co-developments of physics and math together through the centuries does strengthen its case. That said… How many models do we have? connectionism symbolic manipulation “hard wired evolutionary” / genes=computer program metaphor. brain-as-computer in general. Showing more promise imo are learning models that are environmental, genetic and “processing”. Practopoesis is my favorite, as it tries to define intelligence for all species as well as AI – and more loosely Lakoff’s embodied cognition. In any case skepticism is always in order but it’s worth continuing to research.

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Nephew’s in 8th grade in a very Trump-y Florida school. [since 7th, he’s made it a point to look at all the voting registrations of his teachers. About 80% Republican, 10% Indy, 10% Democrat, mostly women who talk politics freely in class, argue with students, etc. He likes pointing out that they’re not supposed to talk politics, which eventually stops the worst of it for a while, but they always go back. Two days ago, two class periods in a row one teacher argued with a student about transgender and school sports, having the “only correct opinion” of course, “We Should Not Criticize Our President” — she’s a living meme of typical Trump-y talk] Anyway, this one particular teacher lives directly across the street from a gun range and the kids suspect she gets her anger out about the students by shooting off a few rounds before and after school, but that’s just kid speculation. So, with all that said, Florida’s arming our teachers. With many Florida public schools ALREADY modeled after prisons (architecture, probably the same “preferred builders” that are probably cousins of big politicians too — and mentality)… … I know she’d GLADLY be a prison guard… I mean an armed teacher. All the students will know she’s packing heat and with her temper, it’s not threats from the outside that’s a worry. Our schools recently had a BIG outflow of teachers to a county offering better cost of living, so they’re busy hiring temps. I think some that are left behind are angry they couldn’t take advantage of moving (mortgage, church, partner and kids can hold you from freedom of movement, so you just have to shut up and take it). So, all I know is: It’s only rosy in a theoretical picture. Knowing real kids that are now LAB RATS in an artificially constructed political social experiment that could result in their termination from within the cage is a bit harrowing. But, politicians gotta play, and there’s big $$$ for them to make.

Nephew’s in 8th grade
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