Prettier berry crumb bars! :)
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Prettier berry crumb bars! :)
Found out about it yesterday morning and wasn’t sure I was even eligible. Now I scrambling to gather the necessary documents + write a terrible essay, which I hope is halfway decent, and talk about a high risk project that I’m still not sure exactly what it is yet (current thesis project is not high risk, thank god).
First of all, that first statement is an overgeneralization. Not every Chinese person is going to be skilled at math of course. It’s ignorant to go into these stereotypes.
But try this:
Read them out loud to yourself. Now look away, and spend twenty seconds memorizing that sequence before saying them out loud again.
If you speak English, you have about a 50 percent chance of remembering that sequence perfectly If you’re Chinese, though, you’re almost certain to get it right every time.
Why is this?
One explanation is because the Chinese language allows them to read numbers faster.
Chinese number words are remarkably brief. Most of them can be said in less than 1/4th of a second (for instance, 4 is ‘si’ and 7 ‘qi’)
Their English equivalents—”four,” “seven”—are longer: pronouncing them takes about 1/3 of a second.
The English number system is also VERY illogical.
For example, right after the word 10, instead of saying one-ten, two-ten, three-ten we have different words like 11,12.
Not so in China, Japan and Korea. They have a logical counting system. Eleven is ten one. Twelve is ten two. Twenty-four is two ten four, and so on.
That difference means that Asian children learn to count much faster. Four year old Chinese children can count, on average, up to forty. American children, at that age, can only count to fifteen, and don’t reach forty until they’re 5 years old.
The regularity of their number systems also means that Asian children can perform basic functions—like addition—far more easily.
Ask an English seven-year-old to add thirty-seven plus twenty two, in her head, and she has to convert the words to numbers (37 + 22).
Ask an Asian child to add three-tens-seven and two tens-two, and no translation is necessary.
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Huh. That’s really interesting!
This makes so much more sense than the racist bullshit people come up with.
fucking THANK YOU
I learned math from Chinese textbooks my mom got mailed from her relatives in China, so uh, I don’t know how representative that is? Also, the elementary school I started in before we moved in 3rd grade was a charter school so they taught division in first grade.
Berry crumb bars, still cooling. Thankfully they turned out well.
I was instantly reminded of you, mneme.
http://backforsecondsblog.com/2013/05/soft-and-chewy-double-chocolate-butterscotch-cookies/ <- I just changed the chips for this recipe.
http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2010/01/best-cocoa-brownies/ <- instead of using nuts I used chips instead! I used the same recipe, but baked in a 9x13 pan because I like skinny brownies. If I remember correctly, the baking time was somewhere between 15-18 minutes.
Today’s dinner: spinach arugula salad with Amablu blue cheese, pomegranate craisins, and balsamic vinaigrette; pesto toast; and beef stew
Try Amablu blue cheese from Faribault Dairy. Award-winning blue cheese cave-aged in Minnesota, it is EXCELLENT. Creamy, tangy, cheese wonderfulness.
I highly recommend with a nice white wine, nice crackers, or with a lovely salad.
For said salad:
Spinach/arugula or spring mix
Balsamic Vinaigrette (1:1 balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, some dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt and pepper to taste)
First time brownies with butterscotch and peanut butter chips. Thankfully I didn’t overbake them. From scratch!!!!