Saying that the education system is "fundamentally broken" means that the society in which it is situated is broken. With that, I would agree. But that means fixing education will not fix the society, at least not in any fundamental way. We need a very different political and economic order to really deal with this.posted @ Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 19:07
"Close reading" is related to what literary critics call "New Criticism," which has not been new since the mid-20th century. It is deeply conservative in nature, which means, among other things, that tea party objections to the Common Core are utterly and ironically ignorant of the real problems with it.posted @ Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 19:49
Here are some specifics from someone who actually knows the details of the laws.posted @ Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 18:46
Before you start your ritualized immigrant/Obama/liberals castigation, try to remember the plaque in the statue of liberty:
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Well said, Pitts. These kids are not the usual immigrants. They are refugees from gangs who murder, rape, and torture them if they don't do what they're told. The U.S. helped to create those gangs over the years with our foolish and cynically self-interested interference in Central American politics.posted @ Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 21:56
The best thing legislators could do to improve education in GA is not to make any decisions about it at all, because they don't know anything about it. Leave it to the people who actually understand how education works.posted @ Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 07:07
It would please me to no end to see lots of sheep and goats wandering about nice neighborhoods, eating their fill and fertilizing the good earth.posted @ Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 08:37
@The Eagle: "...improve the outcomes...." Such language, derivative of business and finance and middle management rhetoric, reveals an assumption that schools should primarily concern themselves with pumping out worker bees. Schools don't make widgets, or even workers. They should make critically informed citizens who with open eyes may choose to become workers and make widgets and Caterpillar tractors, or desert hermits utterly unconcerned with the health of the economy, or anything in between. Schools should make people who can see through ideologies so that their votes can count for something beyond a pledge of allegiance to manufactured political identity and a managed life. That is why we need increased funding for schools: to get more of the best educated teachers in there to expand the range of legitimacy in what gets taught far beyond any set of "standards."posted @ Monday, June 2, 2014 - 05:46
This whole column is a sophisticated way of saying "boys will be boys," and for that reason it is not a good argument, and it is contemptible beyond that.posted @ Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 10:21
They only wanted Morehead to make a public statement against the ban, as a gesture. They know the Board of Regents really controls it.posted @ Monday, April 28, 2014 - 19:11
We should be proud of these young scholars for standing up for themselves against an immoral policy. They are not going away, and some of us are willing to stand with them.posted @ Monday, April 28, 2014 - 18:42
"If you build it...." But wait, not even dreams can negate basic arithmetic.
Well done, Dr. Trandel.posted @ Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 21:01
Dear Dr. Freud, I have this friend...he's a newspaper columnist who has given up cigars for big trucks. Can you help him?posted @ Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 12:14
More than that, the emperor is flashing and wiggling, daring everyone to look, and knowing that no one will.posted @ Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 09:09
Great editorial.posted @ Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 07:41
Net migration from Mexico to the U.S. is already about 0, with about as many leaving as coming.posted @ Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 19:44
A little fact checking is in order:
1. On the prison population statistic: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/30/business/30leonside.html?_r=0
2. The Sunday editorial noted that Republicans did roll out a workable plan that Democrats would go along with. Boehner reversed course, hence he and one other were the targets, not the whole Republican party.
3. The article also disparaged Obama for doubling the rate of deportations.
4. There is a coherence and consistency issue in claiming the system is broken and inherently bad because of the bureaucracy while praising those who expect it to work well without changing it for the better.
5. There is every reason to think that most undocumented immigrants do everything they can to stay under the legal radar, since otherwise they face the obvious threat of deportation.
6. We all (Lefties and Righties) have a lot to gain from good kids who have done no wrong but happen to have been brought here. There's no reason not to just get out of their way and let them legally become the Americans that they are socially.
I could go on, but I have better things to do.
Be well, everyone.posted @ Monday, February 17, 2014 - 21:19
Good story, good people, good teachers, good schools.posted @ Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 11:32
@NewYearNewBeer: But the problem is that the tests they're using don't measure anything important about what students are learning. The whole thing is a farce.posted @ Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 14:22
@cornish531: Please read the real research, as opposed to that which is produced and paid for by thinktanks beholden to Gates and others like him (Fordham Foundation, Eli Broad, etc.). Begin with David Berliner's book "The Manufactured Crisis." Then follow up with his more recent research. Also check out Diane Ravitch's book "Reign of Error." The "evidence" is most certainly disputable.posted @ Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 10:42
Freedom of speech (and freedom in general) is often antithetical to business efficiency. That is perhaps the most basic Orwellian doublethink and the root of right wing lunacy.posted @ Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 06:08
I don't think Perkins actually believes what he said. I think he said it to plant the idea in vulnerable minds that any criticism of rich/poor gap-widening policies that very obviously benefit the rich must be de facto socialism, which we are to assume ipso facto to be bad.
But I also think (and this is just armchair psychology, so take it with a grain of salt) that even that deeper political purpose in his statement is just a mask for his inability to deal emotionally with not being liked, which is to say that he's really just a run of the mill, pathetic narcissist. To cure him of this, we should hurl insults at him publicly. Hey Tom, only eight Bentleys? What the heck kind of billionaire are you? Catch up, man. Hey Tom, I wouldn't be caught dead in any of your yachts. They're all so...2010-11. Ugh, geezer.posted @ Monday, February 3, 2014 - 06:06
If the GOP has any sense left at all, then the least we'll get out of this is what used to be called the DREAM Act, plus legal status without a special path to citizenship for the DREAMers' parents. But lacking a special path to citizenship does not mean they will specifically be barred from citizenship, which is also good. The devil will be in the details. Anything that trumps HB 87 will be welcome.posted @ Friday, January 31, 2014 - 06:03
Well said. It's amazing to me how poorly educated are most of those who make policy about education.posted @ Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 10:00
Bach, 264 years after his death, remains important. Palin and Coulter, in their prime, and no matter how shrill, are furiously unimportant.posted @ Friday, January 17, 2014 - 05:46
Summary: I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. read more
As you might imagine, the vast majority of the editorial cartoons available these days for publication through the syndicate which supplies cartoons to the Athens Banner-Herald/OnlineAthens are addressing the situation in Ferguson, Mo., where the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white police officer has touched off a number of demonstrations -- some peaceful, but many not at all peaceful, with tear gas fired by police officers and gunshots fired by some protester. read more