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    metalhead2061
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    Because teaching a subject is harder than shutting the fuck up and taking notes.

    tiki god
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    because the students aren’t expected to be experts in the subject, just knowledgeable, and it’s better to learn from an expert than an everyman

    Cy85
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    I barely passed back-to-back Astronomy classes in college, and yet knowing the difference between a planetoid and a goddamned star makes me an “expert” to Baby Boomers.

    (“So, Pluto’s not a planet anymore?” “Yes, that’s right.” “So what is it? A star?” “…Yes, Pluto is a star. We now live in a two-star system with twice the heat and light as before.”)

    GrandAdmiralThrawn
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    What is it you do exactly, that you took Astronomy in college?

    Also are you younger, or older then baby boomers. They way to talked I assumed older; but I’m younger and some times I feel like a genius around them. The lack of general knowledge present in that generation is amazing.

    Anonymoose
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    I’m in astronomy courses now; I thought they’d be easier than regular math courses (psych major; need 3, only stats matters). Turns out astronomy is a lot harder in practice than it sounds in the course book. Then again, it’s ten times more interesting than “Why the fuck am I doing this?” math. I may never find a real life application for determining the weight of a star by the gravity of a binary system over time, or the distance to a nebula by its expansion… but god damnit if I was ever going to use “Turn this complex problem… Read more »

    Cy85
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    Likewise above, it was what I chose over other “hard science” courses to complete a rather broad “college of arts and sciences” core curriculum. Had to have three course credits, two astronomy units were done back to back, so two thirds of your requirement could be knocked in a year. My third was Physical Anthropology, which was largely structure of the human skeleton and evolutionary development. I’d already taken a Cultural Anthropology class, so that seemed to fit, and honestly, if I ever go back to school, it’ll be to get a doctorate in Anthro (possibly sociology as well). I… Read more »

    Cy85
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    And yes, those are typos 😉

    ian356094
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    i blend my textbooks with milk and ice cream then i drink it over the course of the day. this is how i learn things.

    #makecasemdsgreatagain
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    said the straight A+++ asian student

    blowbags
    Member

    *suppository joke*

    Anderson
    Member

    I remember back in grade school when one teach taught all the subjects and we still had time for a snack!

    oldnoob
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    Because there is world of difference between “teaching” and “knowing”.