Monday, February 28, 2005
Why is public education being attacked?
The short answer is that changing staffing needs in the new corporate push-button economy have resulted in a need for fewer successful students and rising stratification of the new economy needs to be explained (by the people at the top) as the fault of the people at the bottom.
If this analysis is even close to correct (and I'm afraid that it does explain a substantial part of the phenomena described), it represents a failure of imagination on the part of the business communities: a bigger pool of talent means cheaper talented people. It also means more entreprenurialism which, though it does lead to competition, also leads to innovation and growth.
Quranic Translation Challenges
Saturday, February 26, 2005
"There are two kinds of marriages -- where the husband quotes the wife, or where the wife quotes the husband." -- Clifford Odets
"Business succeeds rather better than the state in imposing its restraints upon individuals, because its imperatives are disguised as choices." -- Walter Hamilton
"Nobody talks more of free enterprise and competition and the best man winning than the man who inherited his father's store or farm." -- C. Wright Mills
"Canada has no cultural unity, no linguistic unity, no religious unity, no economic unity, no geographic unity. All it has is unity." Kenneth Boulding
Friday, February 25, 2005
"Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective way of saying things." -- Matthew Arnold
"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being." -- Johann W. von Goethe
"If we were to wake up some morning and find that everyone was the same race, creed and color, we would find some other causes for prejudice by noon." -- Senator George Allen
"Politics should be the part time profession of every citizen." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower
"The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but can not do at all, in their separate and individual capacities." -- Abraham Lincoln [And a happy belated birthday to you, too!]
The History Teacher Card
You are the the Hierophant card.
The Hierophant, called The Pope in some [Christianized] decks, is the preserver of cultural traditions. After entering The Emperor's society, The Hierophant teaches us its wisdom. The Hierophant learns and teaches our cultural traditions. The discoveries our ancestors have made influence the present. Without forces such as The Hierophant who are able to interpret and communicate traditional lore, each generation would have to begin to learn anew. As a force that is concentrated on our past and our culture, The Hierophant can sometimes be stubborn and set in his ways. This is a negative trait he shares with his zodiac sign, Taurus [I'm not a Taurus]. But like Taurus he is productive. His traditional lore can provide a source of inspiration for the creatively inclined, and his knowledge provides an excellent foundation for those who come into their own in the business world. [Not to mention ethical and moral foundations] Image from: Morgan E. Cauthers-Knox.
Which Tarot Card Are You?
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Thursday, February 24, 2005
Pop Culture Dichotomy
Childhood is not a disease
How to Prepare for College
four major characteristics shared by these high performing high schools:
1. High-level, college-oriented content in core courses -- All schools offered coherent sequences of courses focused on college-readiness content at a level beyond most state and district standards.
2. Qualified and experienced teachers -- All of the teachers were certified in their subject area, and nearly all had a Master's degree or higher with at least one degree in their subject area.
3. Teaching that is flexible and responsive to students -- Most teachers frequently asked and answered questions and checked for student understanding. In classroom discussions and lectures, they helped students make meaningful connections to the content by using examples that had meaning to students, making reference to prior learning, current events and popular culture.
4. Out of classroom support for students -- Students were provided with extra support outside the classroom through tutors, teachers, and other helpers, including peers and adults from the community. Teachers offered help outside of class and reminded students that they were available for assistance.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Homework: Media Bias
|WorldNetDaily Top 10||Project Censored Top 25 [Note: for fairness, only the top ten included here]|
Sunday, February 20, 2005
Power without Shame
Promoting the 'Ambassador of Torture': Bush Nominates Negroponte for Intel Czar.
a look back at Negroponte's bloody history in Central America in the 1980s.
Scum Also Rises: The Bloody Career of John Negroponte by Dave Lindorff
Add that to the Gonzales memos and propoganda operations.....
Saturday, February 19, 2005
Here's a sampler: Arthur C. Clarke's three laws of science
- When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
- The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.
- Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Check out the link above for ten more Clarke tidbits....
Friday, February 18, 2005
Two comments: first, of all, if you're going to revise the Big Ten, it seems like a good guideline would be to keep the number at ten, taking something out for everything new that gets put in. Though, to be fair, the Big Ten are actually a small part of the Original 613, so there's some room to play around, I guess. Second, Benson's coming up with stuff that's no worse than the religious folks (and actually might be more thought-provoking and useful, in the long run).
"Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right." -- Arthur Schopenhauer
"Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious." -- Oscar Wilde
"Being a philosopher, I have a problem for every solution." -- Robert Zend
"If I wished to punish a province, I would have it governed by philosophers." -- Frederick the Great
"Man has lost the ability to foresee and forestall. He will end by destroying the earth." -- Albert Schweitzer
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
| You scored as Sensible Flats. You are Sensible Flats. Practical and comfort-oriented, you'd rather go through life without the pain of a pulled arch. Still, you might want to walk on the wild side a litte more.|
What Kind of Shoes Are You?
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Monday, February 14, 2005
"There's no reason why the University [of Chicago] should be stuck with me at 51 because I was a promising young man at 30." -- Robert Maynard Hutchins
"Wagner's music is better than it sounds." -- Mark Twain
"Berlioz says nothing in his music, but he says it magnificently." -- James Gibbons Huneker
"Without music, life would be a mistake." -- Friedrich Nietzsche
Sunday, February 13, 2005
Not bad at all....
You're Les Miserables!
by Victor Hugo
One of the best known people in your community, you have become something of a phenomenon. People have sung about you, danced in your honor, created all manner of art in your name. And yet your story is one of failure and despair, with a few brief exceptions. A hopeless romantic, you'll never stop hoping that more good will come from your failings than is ever possible. Beware detectives and prison guards bearing vendettas.
Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.
[via Kelly in Kansas]
Saturday, February 12, 2005
Does this mean I have to take up smoking?
[via Orac; all kinds of personality tests here]
Friday, February 11, 2005
As the dragon said....
Your aura shines Orange!
What Color Is Your Aura?
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"I have discovered the art of fooling diplomats: I speak the truth and they never believe me." -- Camillo di Cavour
"Doubt is not a pleasant mental state, but certainty is a ridiculous one." -- Voltaire
"Who of us is mature enough for offspring before the offspring themselves arrive? The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults." -- Peter DeVries
"Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof." -- John Kenneth Gailbraith
Thursday, February 10, 2005
Somebody owns everything.... everywhere
So, perfectly good public space has been privatized. Who benefits? If this is allowed to stand, will the very notion of public space, of photography, of art and cultural history beyond 1920-something, be forced into legal gray areas? Fair use has to be revived, strengthened. [via Sideshow]
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Darwin Award Special Citation
"If I had to give young writers advice, I'd say don't listen to writers talking about writing. Nothing you write, if you hope to be good, will ever come out as you first hoped." -- Lillian Hellman
"In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through every other word you have written; you have no idea what vigor it will give your style." -- Sydney Smith (18-19c)
"No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader's intelligence, or whose attitude is patronizing." -- E. B. White
"We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood." -- William James
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Forests, Trees, and Impressions
Well, how about we start by acknowledging that one reporter, one soldier, even one general, etc., is not likely to get a grasp of the whole truth of the entire situation. Let's acknowledge that different observers will see and remember different things, even when they are in the same situation. It's messy, but true.
How about we try to avoid forming strong opinions based on too-partial sources? How about we put things in context and try to be fair? Is it that hard? Criminy.
Slight Non-Sequitur [via the Grand Rounds XX]: Military doctors in Iraq have decided that at least one disease is not worth treating if the patient thereby incurs the risk of traveling to a military hospital. Another tree.
Monday, February 07, 2005
I have no idea....
Which Website are You?
"From the errors of others a wise man corrects his own." -- Publius Syrius (1c BCE)
"I see no wisdom in saving up indignation for a rainy day." -- Heywood Broun
"The man who sees the consistency in things is a wit; the man who sees the inconsistency of things is a humorist." -- G. K. Chesterton
"The purpose of satire is to strip off the veneer of comforting illusion and cozy half-truth. And our business, as I see it, is to put it back again." -- Michael Flanders
Friday, February 04, 2005
Social Security Speculation
It's also, as my spouse pointed out this morning, intended to bind people to the financial markets in such a way that resisting deregulation or pro-corporate reform becomes psychologically difficult. It's not that we're going to get rich by being in these government managed mutual funds, but that (and this is being semi-openly talked about by political operatives) they will be our only hope, and that losses will be felt so keenly that market growth (not necessarily economic growth, mind you) will be the first priority of all governments to come.
So henceforth I declare that private accounts, personal accounts and all other market-based approaches to social security are to be termed "social security speculation."
Thursday, February 03, 2005
Thursday Poem: Don't You Let Nobody Turn You 'Round
And the silv'ry words tumble from the leaders,Read the rest. Sing it to your children.
And the loud Hosannas ring aloud.
From the dungeons of history, you'll hear an answer:
Don't you let nobody turn you round.
(the index of other lyrics and poetry I've posted is here)
Not the State of the Union
In a perverse sort of way, it was an impressive performance. In thirty-five minutes, he managed to commit nearly every verbal “mistake” that served him so well during the campaign.Sounds like the State of the Union to me.
Bush equivocated, temporized, oversimplified, engaged in self-delusion, indulged in verbal flights of fancy and, when necessary, uttered statements absolutely devoid of any discernible fact.