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    #186666 - 04/01/14 07:20 PM Re: Parenting arms race article [Re: Old Dad]
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    Originally Posted By: Old Dad

    Breaking the game accomplishes nothing positive though and it's simply someone not liking the game so rather than finding a different game, they ruin it for others which the game is a positive experience for.


    Wow! That's precisely what the status-seeking hyper-prepping tiger parents have done to the pathetically few educational options for gifted kids!

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    #186679 - 04/01/14 10:29 PM Re: Parenting arms race article [Re: HowlerKarma]
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    I've often mused that I might make an excellent nihilist, myself.

    Sadly, I've seen myself more as a half-hearted anarchist, however, so nihilism ultimately doesn't entirely fit with my self-image. Or does it? Hmm. Food for thought.

    On the subject of breaking the game and ruining it for others, though, isn't that what rising college tuition rates are doing? So... who is getting rich from doing that? Maybe those people are the nihilists among us. They certainly seem to be good at spreading stress and misery.

    I blame Justin Bieber and Youtube as the source, ultimately, of modern Nihilism, if only because it seems like a good idea after a few seconds of that. Maybe that's the reason behind tuition hikes.
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    #186680 - 04/01/14 10:44 PM Re: Parenting arms race article [Re: HowlerKarma]
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    Originally Posted By: HowlerKarma
    I blame Justin Bieber and Youtube as the source, ultimately, of modern Nihilism, if only because it seems like a good idea after a few seconds of that. Maybe that's the reason behind tuition hikes.
    I like that it's all Justin Bieber's fault. If he would just go back to Canada the tuition would drop at all public universities and all would be right with the world again.

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    #186687 - 04/02/14 04:57 AM Re: Parenting arms race article [Re: Val]
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    Originally Posted By: Val
    Originally Posted By: Old Dad

    Breaking the game accomplishes nothing positive though and it's simply someone not liking the game so rather than finding a different game, they ruin it for others which the game is a positive experience for.


    Wow! That's precisely what the status-seeking hyper-prepping tiger parents have done to the pathetically few educational options for gifted kids!


    No, I think that the Tiger Parents just played the game *better* that the gifted kids and *enjoyed* it more.

    So, the solution is that the gifted kids need to take their ball and go find a new game that they can play making up their own challenges in their own workplace.


    Edited by JonLaw (04/02/14 04:57 AM)

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    #186689 - 04/02/14 05:10 AM Re: Parenting arms race article [Re: HowlerKarma]
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    Originally Posted By: HowlerKarma
    On the subject of breaking the game and ruining it for others, though, isn't that what rising college tuition rates are doing? So... who is getting rich from doing that? Maybe those people are the nihilists among us. They certainly seem to be good at spreading stress and misery.


    It was being run by The Street, but I think they got fired for some reason, possibly related to usurious interest.

    So, at this point, I think it's only university presidents and their courtiers. However, I don't think that they are driving the bus.

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    #186697 - 04/02/14 06:22 AM Re: Parenting arms race article [Re: HowlerKarma]
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    The interesting thing about this thread is that in the end, not all of us in this forum are parents of PG kids.

    So, I think I'm going to close this tab now, having been reminded of the general opinion of what my kids are doing to the education of yours.

    I do realize this is the Davidson board. I guess I forget that sometimes.

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    #186698 - 04/02/14 06:28 AM Re: Parenting arms race article [Re: ultramarina]
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    Originally Posted By: ultramarina
    The interesting thing about this thread is that in the end, not all of us in this forum are parents of PG kids.

    So, I think I'm going to close this tab now, having been reminded of the general opinion of what my kids are doing to the education of yours.

    I do realize this is the Davidson board. I guess I forget that sometimes.


    I'm not a parent of PG kids, either.

    Although the thread is not harshing my mellow.


    Edited by JonLaw (04/02/14 06:28 AM)

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    #186706 - 04/02/14 07:03 AM Re: Parenting arms race article [Re: JonLaw]
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    Originally Posted By: JonLaw
    Originally Posted By: HowlerKarma
    On the subject of breaking the game and ruining it for others, though, isn't that what rising college tuition rates are doing? So... who is getting rich from doing that? Maybe those people are the nihilists among us. They certainly seem to be good at spreading stress and misery.


    It was being run by The Street, but I think they got fired for some reason, possibly related to usurious interest.

    So, at this point, I think it's only university presidents and their courtiers. However, I don't think that they are driving the bus.


    Here's your nihilists: USNews. Every year they shuffle the cards on an elaborate fiction known as the top university rankings, then sit back and watch as hilarity ensues.

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    #186709 - 04/02/14 07:15 AM Re: Parenting arms race article [Re: HowlerKarma]
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    Can I be a nihilist if I don't understand or willfully won't understand Nietzsche?

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    #186711 - 04/02/14 07:23 AM Re: Parenting arms race article [Re: Thomas Percy]
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    Originally Posted By: Thomas Percy
    Can I be a nihilist if I don't understand or willfully won't understand Nietzsche?


    No.

    Honestly, you seem too logical and goal oriented in your thinking to be useful to even a low-level nihilist.

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