Physics and schools

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

When I was study­ing physics back in the ’60s, I came to ap­pre­ci­ate the branch called ther­mo­dy­nam­ics for its “black box” ap­proach to the world.

Sup­pose you have a box, like a gen­er­a­tor or an air con­di­tioner, where things are hap­pen­ing in­side but you can’t ob­serve the work­ing parts. With­out know­ing ex­actly what’s go­ing on in­side, you can mea­sure what goes in and what comes out and draw con­clu­sions even though you can’t see di­rectly into the box it­self.

The Lit­tle Rock School Dis­trict has gone from six fail­ing schools to 22 fail­ing schools in the three years since the state took over the dis­trict. We don’t need to know why to know some­thing is rot­ten in Den­mark or, in this case, the state Capi­tol of Arkansas. GENE REID Lit­tle Rock

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