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Message 1993107 - Posted: 8 May 2019, 13:35:34 UTC

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Message 1993187 - Posted: 8 May 2019, 23:38:13 UTC - in response to Message 1993107.  
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Negative. All jobs that I held before teaching History were just to earn money or voluntarily joining the military before the military draft scooped me up. Some were really accidental. As with Law Enforcement, were a friend wanted me to accompany him to a "walk-in" PD test. Prior to that, I never thought of becoming a Police Officer.

I passed the test and having no other job that would pay me as much and had good benefits. I accepted the job.

History and teaching history was my passion and my only chosen profession.
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Message 1993240 - Posted: 9 May 2019, 9:26:43 UTC

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Message 1993241 - Posted: 9 May 2019, 9:33:54 UTC - in response to Message 1993240.  

Saw that. :-) It should be everyone's responsibility to check the small print.
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Message 1993242 - Posted: 9 May 2019, 10:00:02 UTC - in response to Message 1993241.  

Saw that. :-) It should be everyone's responsibility to check the small print.

Except for some things these days, I need reading glasses and a magnifying glass.
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Message 1993244 - Posted: 9 May 2019, 10:14:44 UTC - in response to Message 1993242.  

Snap. :-)
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Message 1993270 - Posted: 9 May 2019, 13:38:33 UTC - in response to Message 1993241.  

Saw that. :-) It should be everyone's responsibility to check the small print.

Who missed the squiggly red line?
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Message 1993764 - Posted: 14 May 2019, 21:41:01 UTC - in response to Message 1993736.  

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Message 1993768 - Posted: 14 May 2019, 22:29:07 UTC - in response to Message 1993736.  
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LOL:)
The Arabic numerals originated in India about 400 BC.
It was later introduced in Europe from Arabia to replace the Roman numerals in the Middle Ages.
Also the numeral zero was introduced what now seem to be the knowledge of 56% of Americans.
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2147450-history-of-zero-pushed-back-500-years-by-ancient-indian-text/
But perhaps math like algebra (الجبر) shouldn't be taught in America as well:)
https://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D8%AC%D8%A8%D8%B1
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Message 1993781 - Posted: 14 May 2019, 23:26:49 UTC

Obviously a country with a very poor education system, but then again that would match up with their very poor (and overly expensive) healthcare system. ;-)

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Message 1993782 - Posted: 14 May 2019, 23:33:56 UTC - in response to Message 1993781.  
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Obviously a country with a very poor education system, but then again that would match up with their very poor (and overly expensive) healthcare system. ;-)

ROFLMFAO!!!!!

Why do Australians believe silly things?

It would appear that 35 per cent of Australians believe that "ghosts exist and can influence their will on the living" — one more percentage point than those that believe that "extra-terrestrials have visited the earth" and "the story of creation in the book of Genesis is a true account of the first man and woman".

For example: the same poll finds 21 per cent of people believe that "global warming is a hoax perpetrated by scientists". Which would be such a wonderful relief if it was true — oh, how much more hopeful the future would seem! — but it is not.
Similarly, 14 per cent believe vaccines cause autism — which, again, they don't. And not vaccinating can literally kill people — even, heartbreakingly, the children of pro-vaccination parents, as vulnerable newborns can't be vaccinated for some diseases until they're a few months old.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-29/why-do-australians-believe-silly-things/9000096

In Australia about half the population believes in ESP (extra-sensory perception, such as telepathy) and one third believes in UFOs as evidence of extraterrestrial visitation. Other surveys indicate that about 80% of the population hold at least one paranormal belief – which includes astrology.

https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/why-clever-people-believe-silly-things

ROFLMFAO!!!!! :-D :-D :-D
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Message 1993783 - Posted: 14 May 2019, 23:46:17 UTC

Yes we have some stupid people over here too, but a lot of them are just old crusties that don't like the future gaining on them either. ;-)
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Message 1993787 - Posted: 15 May 2019, 0:19:17 UTC - in response to Message 1993768.  
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... The Arabic numerals originated in India about 400 BC.
It was later introduced in Europe from Arabia to replace the Roman numerals in the Middle Ages.
Also the numeral zero was introduced what now seem to be the knowledge of 56% of Americans.
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2147450-history-of-zero-pushed-back-500-years-by-ancient-indian-text/


In Urdu \ Hindi the word for zero is 'Zifar'... Possibly a connection?

The concept of Zero has been around for thousands of years and early Ayuvedic texts refer to the concept often. (Possibly as far back as 5 thousand years.)

Most early Ayuvedic texts are introspective in their attempt to understand the universal. (Even has some interesting concepts relating to what we now see as sub-atomic.)

Einstien took thought from Ayevedic concepts.

The Romans did have a concept of Zero but it was expressed in a word rather than a numeral. The term "nulla" (our Null or nothingness) was for them a meaning of Zero or Null.

Me. I like the concept of Null. I like the idea of a trinary state. EG: Empty - maybe no holder even (Null), No-thing (Zero) or some-thing (Not Zero or Null)


But perhaps math like algebra (الجبر) shouldn't be taught in America as well:)
https://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D8%AC%D8%A8%D8%B1


Should or shouldn't?

The meaning of the word Algerbra comes from the "Arabic "al-jabr", literally meaning "reunion of broken parts..."

That meaning is perhaps apt for many of our societies!
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Message 1993797 - Posted: 15 May 2019, 0:58:27 UTC - in response to Message 1993787.  
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In Urdu \ Hindi the word for zero is 'Zifar'... Possibly a connection?
Yes. That what now is Pakistan has adopted a lot from Arabia long after the zero was "invented". Both alphabets and words. Sifar, زیرو. Etymologically it derives it roots from the Arabic word 'sifr'.
Which funny enough is what we scandinavians call single numbers Siffra :)

Now why so many Americans think that they shouldn't be taught in school is quite obvious. They connect Arabic to Islam and therefore being bad like jihadists. Same reasoning as Nazi Germany connected Jews to all that was bad in the 1900's.
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Message 1993802 - Posted: 15 May 2019, 1:11:17 UTC - in response to Message 1993797.  

In Urdu \ Hindi the word for zero is 'Zifar'... Possibly a connection?
Yes. That what now is Pakistan has adopted a lot from Arabia long after the zero was "invented". Both alphabets and words. Sifar, زیرو. Etymologically it derives it roots from the Arabic word 'sifr'.
Which funny enough is what we scandinavians call single numbers Siffra :)

Now why so many Americans think that they shouldn't be taught in school is quite obvious. They connect Arabic to Islam and therefore being bad like jihadists. Same reasoning as Nazi Germany connected Jews to all that was bad in the 1900's.

Or Blacks are, Whites are, Latino's are, Asians are, Women are, Man are, et al.

Unfortunately, these 'types' have always and will always be among us.
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Message 1993810 - Posted: 15 May 2019, 2:26:52 UTC - in response to Message 1993797.  

In Urdu \ Hindi the word for zero is 'Zifar'... Possibly a connection?
Yes. That what now is Pakistan has adopted a lot from Arabia long after the zero was "invented". Both alphabets and words. Sifar, زیرو. Etymologically it derives it roots from the Arabic word 'sifr'.
Which funny enough is what we scandinavians call single numbers Siffra :)


Urdu is 70% Sanskrit and some Persian. It is a dialect of the sub continent of India even if that has now split (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Bengal, Kashmir (split).) It is also \ probably the third most spoken language in the world.



Now why so many Americans think that they shouldn't be taught in school is quite obvious. They connect Arabic to Islam and therefore being bad like jihadists. Same reasoning as Nazi Germany connected Jews to all that was bad in the 1900's.


It is clear from history that Americans started to focus on the middle east and therefor anything they consider muslim \ arabic etc (rightfully or wrongfully) after the fall of 'communism' in Russia and the fall of the berlin wall.

I suspect politicians and folk needed something new to focus national pride versus an opposite upon.

1950s+ hate for Russia and the Ruskies has now become hate for the middle east and Muslims. ('Rag Heads...)

It is not just America but those countries that require somebody to hate to define themselves or take the focus away from their own failings internally.

Teaching children (without bias) about different religions is no different to teaching them about sub divisions within our own beliefs.

Most children if they have a safe home and confidence in themselves will not suddenly become Muslim.

... but they may become less fearfull and more questioning... That I suspect is why certain forces in our societies (like America) dislike open education.
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Message 1993819 - Posted: 15 May 2019, 4:24:33 UTC - in response to Message 1993810.  

... but they may become less fearfull and more questioning... That I suspect is why certain forces in our societies (like America) dislike open education.

how dare you teach them to ask questions about the mythical fairy in the sky. they might just come to realize it is a myth!
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Message 1993823 - Posted: 15 May 2019, 4:50:11 UTC

1950s+ hate for Russia and the Ruskies has now become hate for the middle east and Muslims. ('Rag Heads...)
Some people from that era still check under there beds for "Commies" before getting into them. ;-)
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