Lake Chapala looking to the east from just a bit north of Chapala in Jalisco province Mexico.


Believe It

This is where we're at and if one thinks good things can come from a country where SO many do not believe in science you would be wrong.

And we think so many other countries are backward.


  1. I have found that one problem with lack of science education evolved because of the education system's insistence on passing higher math first. And then they fail to teach math in a manner that most people can understand (and this doesn't count changing that method every 10 years). When I was in high school, there were no math prerequisites for science. Sure, you might do better in chemistry if you'd had at least Algebra, but it wasn't needed for the biological sciences. These days you can't take science in junior college until you've passed a certain level of math. My son, who is an avid natural science student, is math impaired. It didn't matter that he had a 4.0, he was not allowed to take Biology or Physiology. He took a very strenuous Astronomy class and aced it. Sometimes "dumbed down" science classes are offered for those the ed system determines are not so bright. I worked in that system for almost 20 years and saw no correlation between math proficiency and understanding science. So some of the problem is the edbiz is really f--ked up and is so enamored with its own authority it can't see the effect of denying higher science to the average student.

  2. Very interesting! Thanks for that Jan.

  3. Is your snow gone?

  4. This is for Jan, and I apologize if it's off topic for your post... But I have a theory that high school algebra requirements are putting people in prisons all over America. (bear with me, I'm serious as the clap about this...) You have to pass exit exams in most states, and almost all high school curricula requires Algebra. A lot of kids can't pass Algebra, and many drop out of high school or are denied a diploma because of their failure to pass Algebra. High school dropouts are far more likely to end up incarcerated than those who DO graduate, thus... Algebra is getting Americans locked up annually.

    I'm nearly sixty, and worked 35 years in a tire factory before retiring to start my own photography business. I've not used Algebra ONCE in my adult life, other than in school. Not once. People have insisted that I've used it quite often, but they always end up citing circumstances that required nothing more involved than basic mathematics. It's a bogus requirement we foist upon kids, and it ought to be an elective needed only by those who intend to pursue higher degrees in math or science.

    Sorry. Here's the soapbox, I'm done.