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The Editor's Desk: Focusing on education could improve economic development in Georgia

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

The Editor's Desk: Not quite 'Portlandia'

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

Blackmon: Compromise is real work of governing

@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

Zimmerman: The curse of the hookup culture

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

Protest against undocumented student ban heats up at UGA

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

Protest against undocumented student ban heats up at UGA

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

Trandel: Braves stadium math just doesn't add up

"If you build it...." But wait, not even dreams can negate basic arithmetic.

Well done, Dr. Trandel.

posted @ Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 21:01

Purcell: There's a reason men buy pickup trucks

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

Blackmon: Lawmakers listening to wrong people on public schools

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

dePeterse: The way to spell success

Great editorial.

posted @ Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 07:41

Mexico to trump Japan as No. 2 car exporter to US

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

Saul: Left doesn't understand immigration issues

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

Cedar and Central dramatic talents combine on 'Les Mis'

Good story, good people, good teachers, good schools.

posted @ Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 11:32

New teacher evaluations won't go as planned, critics say

@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

Blackmon: Best aspects of teaching can't be evaluated

@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

Crisp: Higher-ed social media policy worth watching

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

Pitts: Letter identifies 'real victims' of today's economy

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

Family fight: GOP debates next move on immigration

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

Blackmon: Even with short legislative session, plenty of questionable ideas in play

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

Zimdars: At Christmas, Bach beat Palin, Coulter

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

Johnson: Tweet reflects concerns about black student-athletes

That said, the main point of the article is still valid: far too many "graduates" of high school and college don't read much and can't read much sophisticated material. Maybe they don't need to read Finnegans Wake, but something more sophisticated than articles on ESPN.com would be good.

posted @ Monday, January 13, 2014 - 06:28

Johnson: Tweet reflects concerns about black student-athletes

The main point of this editorial aside, there is one major oversight in the remarks about Winston: it doesn't take into account something called code switching. It is a terrible oversimplification to say that he doesn't "speak perfect English." Of course, I have no idea whether he does or not, but my point is that neither does the author of this editorial. What she should have written was that on that particular occasion, he didn't speak Standard American English. Yes, that's the official name of the dialect we think of as "correct," although in terms of the dispersion of American dialects, it really should be called "Upper Midwestern White English." If Winston is doing well in school (unlike many other student athletes whose academic success seems to be a hall of shadows), there's a good bet he speaks (and writes) that dialect just fine when he wants to. There are many different vernacular Englishes in the world in many countries. In this country, the one we call "correct" is merely that by convention, not by some ontological fact of linguistic nature. Pile on these remarks if you wish, but perhaps consult someone schooled in linguistics (and indeed in the history of English) first.

posted @ Monday, January 13, 2014 - 06:27

Tant: Slowing madness of reefer prohibition

Pardon the double post.

posted @ Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 09:58

Tant: Slowing madness of reefer prohibition

@catman: True, and good point. But the civil rights issue there is the absurd waste of enforcement resources and the ridiculous criminal penalties for such a petty thing, and the systematic targeting of African American and Hispanic offenders, not the right to get high. These are problems of disproportion in criminal justice enforcement. Smoking weed is just one "place" in which the civil rights issue becomes visible rather than an essential component of the problem.

posted @ Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 09:56

Tant: Slowing madness of reefer prohibition

@catman: True, and good point. But the civil rights issue there is the absurd waste of enforcement resources and the ridiculous criminal penalties for such a petty thing, and the systematic targeting of African American and Hispanic offenders, not the right to get high. These are problems of disproportion in criminal justice enforcement. Smoking weed is just one "place" in which the civil rights issue becomes visible rather than an essential component of the problem.

posted @ Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 09:56

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