Population Statistic: Read. React. Repeat.
Saturday, November 21, 2021

Chaz recently dug up this curious postulation on human nature:

[I]t is the contention that in every human creature — and therefore every group comprised of human creatures — there is approx 8.5% corruption.

To that, I’ll cite Theodore Sturgeon’s well-known aphorism on the sorry state of existence in general:

Sturgeon’s Law: 90 percent of everything is crud.

I think the two concepts dovetail nicely. So, doing the math, the combined theory accounts for 98.5 percent of corrupted cruddiness around us. The remainder? It’s all for the good — because there’s simply no room for anything else, frankly.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/21/2009 01:30 PM
Category: Comedy, Creative, Society
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Because it’s never too early to instill exam-related stress on the young ‘uns, Manhattan parents are paying for test-prep courses to help their little tykes make the cut for exclusive kindergarten classes.

Test preparation has long been a big business catering to students taking SATs and admissions exams for law, medical and other graduate schools. But the new clientele is quite a bit younger: 3- and 4-year-olds whose parents hope that a little assistance — costing upward of $1,000 for several sessions — will help them win coveted spots in the city’s gifted and talented public kindergarten classes.

Motivated by a recession putting private schools out of reach and concern about the state of regular public education, parents — some wealthy, some not — are signing up at companies like Bright Kids NYC. Bright Kids, which opened this spring in the financial district, has some 200 students receiving tutoring, most of them for the gifted exams, for up to $145 a session and 80 children on a waiting list for a weekend “boot camp” program.

I wonder how strenuous the finger-painting training is — are there tips for optimal digit-dexterity under 5 years of age?

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/21/2009 12:38 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Society
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