[LMB] Professionals...

alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca
Tue Jun 8 20:04:04 BST 2021

On Tue, 8 Jun 2021, Matija Grabnar via Lois-Bujold wrote:
> That ties into the earlier talk about Miles rejoining his class at the 
> academy. Students at the academy would be learning about tactics (from small 
> unit up), ship systems, and introductions to strategy and logistics. Miles 
> learned tactics and strategy from his grandfather, and I bet he had ship 
> systems theory for his bed-time reading. Practical education in logistics 
> (including running a fleet, and keeping it ... afloat so to speak) would 
> teach him stuff that even graduates at the academy would barely know - and 
> Miles was absolutely capable of applying practical knowledge to theoretical 
> questions.

I suspect that watching his father and his grandfather in action solving 
tough problems would give Miles some confidence that tough problems 
could be solved and some approaches to do so.

> Besides, given Miles' penchant for over-preparation, I wouldn't be surprised 
> if he could have passed 60% of first year classes (and some of the second 
> year's, too) on the day he took the entrance exam. He was determined to get 
> into the academy. In fact, he was not only determined to get in, he was 
> determined to excel. So he approached it as a campaign, and you better 
> believe that he gathered all the prior knowledge that he could. And he could 
> gather a lot.
> Not only could he ask his parents for books and materials that would be 
> available to academy students, (and he could ask for tutoring if something 
> went over his head), he had access to recent graduates to pump for 
> information.

Good point!

> Picture this:You are ensign so-and-so, sitting in the corridor, waiting for 
> the meeting to finish so you can give the Admiral some papers to sign. When 
> who should come along but the Admiral's (Regent's!) mutie son. He wants to 
> know about your time at the academy. You did pretty well at the academy, or 
> you wouldn't have gotten a staff assignment. That means you will gladly talk 
> about it when you have an enthusiastic audience.
> Besides, why would you want to offend the kid who so obviously worships your 
> uniform and your ensign's insignia? Of course you tell him all about the most 
> difficult classes, the quirks of the teachers, answer his questions about the 
> more obscure points in the materials. I bet that when Miles entered, he knew 
> stuff about the academy some of the less successful graduates never learned.

This sounds very believable.


Alayne McGregor
alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca

What we need is a tough new kind of feminism with no illusions. ... We
need a kind of feminism that aims not just to assimilate into the
institutions that men have created over the centuries, but to infiltrate
and subvert them. -- Barbara Ehrenreich

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