A picture sums things up pretty nicely.

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  1. WBahn

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    This pretty well sums up the problem we have in our educational system.

    We don't care whether something has a chance of working, as long as the words sound good and we can paint a pretty picture, we'll commit to it.

    Lesson-is-right-but-mechanics-is-wrong.jpg

    This was received on an e-mail list I'm a member of, though the commentary is mine.
     
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  2. studiot

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    Nice pic.

    He He He

    :D:eek:
     
  3. LDC3

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    It seems to me that there is too much friction between the parts. ;)
     
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  4. tracecom

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    So, that must be what they mean when they say a school is in lockdown.
     
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  5. tcmtech

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    I think that it is demonstrating that education works best when one of the three is not part of the system.

    Teachers and Students can work well together. Parents and Students can work well together. Teachers and Parents can work well together. All three together just lock things up and nothing productive happens.

    That's what I got from my school days as a student and now as a parent. :(
     
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  6. JoeJester

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    Which gear provided primary motivation?
     
  7. KJ6EAD

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    Schoolhouse lock…dysfunction junction…
     
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  8. studiot

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    Surely all good electrical engineers would be able to tell the Professor that the third gear rotates in the j direction.

    :)
     
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  9. wayneh

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    The funny/sad thing is, the graphic artist that drew that, when informed of the problem, would probably shrug and view it as irrelevant. Pretty much everyone here sees the error immediately and would never make it public. But not everyone thinks that way.

    I've been amazed to meet teachers, for instance, that will submit a resumé chock full of spelling and grammar mistakes. "Oh, those little details don't matter. They just need my qualifications, and they're in there."

    Indeed they are.
     
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  10. cmartinez

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    As a Mechanical Engineer, all I can say is... "words fail me" ... :confused:
     
  11. MrChips

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    Ha ha! I only just spotted the problem.
     
  12. Lestraveled

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    A gearbox designed to never turn. I doesn't matter if it doesn't work, just so long as it looks good. Great message.....
     
  13. JoeJester

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    Subliminal messaging. No matter which direction one is turning, the other two are doing the opposite. Yeah ... great message when illustrating that all must "work" together to accomplish the desired results.
     
  14. ericgibbs

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    Perhaps the author/illustrator was being subtle and deliberately drew a non functional gear train in order to show what happens if all the parts are not working.?:rolleyes:
     
  15. Wendy

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    Or perhaps the artist has no mechanical training, and wouldn't really care if he did?

    I tend to be a cynic about such things.

    It is funny though.
     
  16. ScottWang

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    I think the gears of students and teachers should be exchange, must be the teachers driving the students and parents, how come the students can handling every thing?
     
  17. Wendy

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    Take another look at the image. The gears, as they are shown meshed, are locked. The parents and the teachers gears spin in opposite directions.
     
  18. ScottWang

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    If the real meaning in the gears image like this, the students was the big gears, so they must be the power source , the big gears driving the middle gears as teachers, but the middle gears can't do any movement because the small gears as parents was locked.

    Do the students of USA really can handle everything in school or to driving something?

    There is no way to do in Taiwan, you can say that the policy came from government to school to teachers and to students and parents.
     
  19. Wendy

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    Don't read anything too deep into this, it is humorous.
     
  20. atferrari

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    Let's admit that seeing the three gears like that, unaware people could think they are "fitting properly to each other" which is true. :oops:

    The responsible here thought the same, it seems...
     
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