Canadians sure are weird

The Internet was abuzz with praise for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday after clips showing him schooling an reporter on quantum computing went viral.

Trudeau was a maths teacher. What a weird damn society when teachers actually know something about their own subject. It’ll never catch on.

17 thoughts on “Canadians sure are weird”

  1. It’s another leftist honeymoon like Mr “Hope and Change”.

    LBJ–another POS–got his start as a school teacher.

    So much for them being good a influence on the kids.

  2. Not so weird actually. I once was in a position where I had to teach a subject that I had no prior knowledge of. Before each lesson I had to learn that which I was going to teach. At the end of the course I took the exam along with the students. Thankfully I passed as did most of my students. Weird of all I had never taught before either. Guess there are exceptions to every rule.

  3. What Antisthenes says. That’s quite common in the corporate world, where an expert trainer will be brought in to bring the team up to speed on version 7.0 of the software, despite having only learned it himself the night before. It’s surprisingly easy to sound knowledgeable merely by being one page ahead of the rest of the class.

  4. An interesting psychological spectacle. Trudeau gives a very, very basic, short and superficial explanation and the audience thinks he’s a genius. Because they’re all longing for him to be a genius (plus they’re ignorant dimwits).

    (I wonder if he’s aware that in the early days of computing non-binary ‘decimal’ computers were built.)

  5. @Tel: denary was used but doesn’t have much to recommend it; balanced ternary is the non-standard system of choice.

    @RichardAllan: he might have managed a Hadamard gate; try asking him to explain the Clifford group.

  6. The Inimitable Steve

    Eh. It’s just the SJW “I fucking love pictures of science!” crowd circlefapping.

    Turdeau is the genius who said “if you kill your enemies, they win!”

    If it was Donald Trump explaining the Avogadro constant, they’d be screaming that chemistry is racist.

  7. Plus the question he was asked was “when will Canadian action against ISIS resume.
    I would love someone to explain how his answer related to the question.
    Perhaps if,say, Boris were to answer every question with a dissertation on classics he would be similarly lauded.

  8. The shiny pony has a BA in English literature, a BEd, then taught for a bit, then tried engineering and a master’s degree in environmental geography, completing neither.

    He taught math and French at a private school and there is no telling whether he taught grade 1 or 12, but he surely did not teach at university level.

    Anyway, he got elected because his predecessor Stephen Harper was a supposed conservative who was ineffective at conservatism and because our Canadian Liberal party has a sound and well earned reputation for pandering to the left, giving them something including lots of good intentions, but running the government in a businesslike manner.

    Trudeau is moving nicely towards ignoring the environmentalist nutjobs and getting two important cross Canada pipelines approved. He is no doubt being re-educated by the many intelligent adults in the Liberal party.

  9. Mr Ecks is right about the honeymoon thing.

    The left has a predilection for this sort of thing. When you believe that the state is the wonderful source of everything that’s good but can see how incompetent it is most of the time, you end up hero worshipping the first smooth talking charlatan who comes along.

    You have a decade or so of conservatives, earning the name of the Stupid party. Then a Wilson, or a Blair, or an Obama, or a Trudeau comes along and it’s as if the kingdom of heaven has arrived.

    It’ll happen again in this country (hopefully not with Corbyn the beneficiary). Another 5-10 years of the Tories being the Tories and another new soft-leftist virtue signaller will be the Great Redeemer.

  10. @Antisthenes, April 17, 2016 at 9:17 am

    “Not so weird actually. I once was in a position where I had to teach a subject that I had no prior knowledge of. Before each lesson I had to learn that which I was going to teach. At the end of the course I took the exam along with the students. Thankfully I passed as did most of my students.”

    Similar on MBA I completed. One of our marketing lecturers informed us we could join CMI as students and sit their DipM – exam date was after MBA finals. He organised extra weekly one hour group tutorials. At first one he revealed tutorials were a group self-help as he would be sitting exam too.

    Most of us passed and were able to add DipM. I became Pcar MBA, BSc, DipM

    Mr Lecturer unfortunately did not pass.

    @Andrew M, April 17, 2016 at 10:24 am

    “What Antisthenes says. That’s quite common in the corporate world, where an expert trainer will be brought in to bring the team up to speed on version 7.0 of the software, despite having only learned it himself the night before. It’s surprisingly easy to sound knowledgeable merely by being one page ahead of the rest of the class.”

    Been there, done that. Taught users who to use Win 95,98,ME,2000,XP etc despite never having used the OS before meeting users and their PCs.

    OT:
    Spectator punching back.

    Why are we ignoring David Furnish? – Charles Moore

    Highly amusing 🙂

  11. Wellll, the really weird thing here is that he actually seems to be literate. He is a politician (at least at the moment), after all…

  12. Well, Ted Cruz is very bright. He was a star student at Harvard. Do you think we’d see the American press corps burst into applause if he also recited a brief high school-level summary of quantum computing?

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