About 5 years ago, an older relative, had returned to school. This is a person who should have long ago developed some sense of critical thinking. One of the classes they had to take upon returning to school was a class on critical thinking. They struggled with it. Up until that point It never dawned on me that most people had not been educated in this skill. Since then I've held the opinion that critical thinking is something that should be taught in schools.
My own child (who is grown now) Was among some of the first to attend a virtual school. Meaning he had teachers and classes but he met with those teachers and other students through white board classrooms and had phone access to his teacher, counselor and a mentor via phone, email, and chat.
Because of the way we chose to have him schooled, it allowed us as parents to be a bit more active in the subjects he studied. One of the subjects (which wasn't actually a subject through school) that we would have regular discussions on was philosophy. Together we studied and discussed various philosophical topics, because of that I believe he learned some critical thinking skills. It taught him to always question. I believe philosophy is a subject sorely lacking in classrooms and is something all young people should participate in.
9 months old is not a toddler, it's a baby, I think the term toddler here is being used to make it seem somehow not so bad. But regardless The fact that police are using such methods so recklessly really gives cause for concern.
I agree that blaming an algorithm is not a good idea, however there are plenty of idiots out there and I'm not just talking about their political views. I had to remove the majority of my own ass backwards family from my facebook because not only do they believe whatever they read, they also want to spread it around. The problem I think is that in the past these people didn't have a platform to stand on and yell from but, with the advent of social networks and the internet they can stand up and scream about what ever they want. From How the earth is flat to how much of a hoax vaccines and global warming are, so in the process they just rev up every other gullible person they know who also begins yelling the same things.
Most people are in the habit of truth checking instead of fact checking. I think a good portion of people are even confused about the difference between the truth and the facts. I actually had someone ask me one time "what makes your facts better than anyone else's facts" I mean really?
Honestly I think the best solution is to start teaching critical thinking in schools and start teaching it young.
Treatment of prisoners like this is all this is because we as a country have decided that Jail should be punishment and not rehabilitation. We would rather the convicted be made to suffer rather then learn from what they have done and learn how to actually be a productive member of our society.
This is beyond the question of whether Manning should/shouldn't be serving the time.
If I leave the back-door unlocked for my son who is working late, then by default I've weakened the security of my home. Why is that so easy to understand but software back-doors are completely incomprehensible for people?
I saw this yesterday, it's seriously appalling. I can't believe they can't think of a better way to deal with these kids then charge them with something meant to protect children from being exploited by adults.