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Gunshot fired on UGA campus in dispute between fraternities

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posted @ Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 19:41

Huerta: Republicans must rethink stances on immigration issues

Good pragmatic argument.

posted @ Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 16:42

Huckaby: World is changing fast, and not for the better

The Union of Bards collectively puckered in confusion when someone finally wrote down the text of Beowulf around 800 C.E. (For the "Anno Domini" die-hards, C.E. stands for "Common Era," since, you know, those without that particular Lord have in fact been with us the whole time.) Oh my how things changed when that happened.

Hwaet! We gardena in geardagum,
(th)eodcyninga (th)rym gefrunon....

Imagine! Not to have it told strictly orally. There oughta be a law.

Oye vey, let's move on.

posted @ Monday, February 9, 2015 - 05:35

Blackmon: 'Charter district' could be good option for Clarke schools

We might see gains here and gains there. But nothing will truly work until we have a culture, nationally, that values learning and does not see it strictly in a utilitarian way. Also, gains on test scores, math and reading, are almost meaningless. What are they reading, and why, and what do they gain from it towards developing into critically conscious, engaged citizens? Is math for them a way to help make sense of the world, or a set of tasks pretended to have been made engaging? Those are the kinds of questions no one is asking.

posted @ Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 09:37

Georgia state super joins opposition to AP History framework

And it's not as though teaching the history of civil protests in this country is not patriotic, or even really controversial. This move is fueled by an agenda that wants students to learn that compliance and "civility" (i.e. fear) constitute good conduct.

posted @ Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 09:03

In Colorado thousands of students walked out, for days, when their state pulled this move. I wouldn't be surprised if the same happened here. As far as I'm concerned, Woods just lost all credibility.
http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2014-10-09/colorado-students-protes...

posted @ Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 09:02

Blackmon: More input needed on appointing state school superintendent

I think you present an idealized or clean version of the problems. In reality, whatever provisions may be in place, it's not likely that anything would stop a governor from appointing, for example, a CEO with no educational experience to the position, on the ideological theory that the CEO is qualified because he is a CEO and not an education professional, since, on that same theory, government should be run like business. That would absolutely be a political appointment because of the ideology behind it, but would presented with a veneer of unassailable competence and professionalism. And people would buy it because... well look at them: they want to be deceived in that way because it suits their ideology. Never mind the damage it will cause, which will be blamed on teachers and other real professionals, thus serving up false justification for the very ideology that caused the problem to begin with. That is the kind of thing that would really happen in Georgia, and I'm betting that's what they want to happen - or rather, expect and welcome to happen, again because of their ideological blinders. Let's not be naive about who these people really are.

posted @ Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 10:09

9 arrested during Freedom University sit-in at UGA

@meandawg: Not possible for these kids. They aren't allowed. Hence the problem.

posted @ Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 19:41

Nine arrested during Freedom University sit-in protest on UGA campus

The law that makes their presence illegal is not just, for all kinds of historical, economic, and moral reasons. You can't use the legal standard to make a moralistic argument when it is the legal standard that is the moral problem. That is circular reasoning. What you need to do is explain why it is morally acceptable to legally prevent these students from enrolling at UGA and the other four schools they're barred from when they did not in fact do anything wrong. They were brought here as little kids and have grown up as Georgians. Place the blame on their parents if you want, but that's a distraction from the real question of why it is just to legally prevent them from enrolling. Tell stories about them leeching the public dime if you want, but they do pay income and other taxes, while getting none of the benefits, so in a way we're the ones freeloading off of them. (See the report linked here: http://musingsonimmigration.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-economic-impact-of-... )

I'm showing you the path to make a good argument. Please accept the help.

Why should we put a legal bar in the way of excellent students who have been raised almost their whole lives as Georgians and who have nothing to return to elsewhere? Why not alter the legal framework so that they can be fully productive members of society, for OUR benefit as well as theirs?

posted @ Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 00:04

Harrop: Is hipster ethic sign of changing American values?

If we are indeed seeing new, less materialistic values, so much the better. Shopping these days is a horror show in a wasteland of excess created by the foolish logic of capitalism itself. If it buckles under its own weight, the failure will be well deserved.

posted @ Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 05:07

Galis: President's immigration decision doesn't have force of law

@grove600: For the most part undocumented immigrants would LOVE to be able to pay more taxes, because unlike many so-called patriots, they are not averse to paying for what this country has to offer.

posted @ Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 19:51

Galis: President's immigration decision doesn't have force of law

@leongalis: Well that's one mistake I'm glad to have made. Apparently the new DACA policy will be for 3 years, too. Good news, though I wonder if the fee will increase in proportion.

posted @ Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 19:48

Galis: President's immigration decision doesn't have force of law

Before everyone piles on, let me point out a few more things:
1. I'm pretty sure the period of deferral is two years, not three, just like the previous executive action on this issue in 2012 which only applied to children.
2. This one applies to undocumented parents of U.S. citizen children. So it underscores the need for comprehensive immigration reform, unless you want it enshrined into law and custom here that children who are U.S. citizens should have their parents taken away for a fairly benign offense, becoming wards of the state, with all the further problems and costs that entails.
3. Roughly half of undocumented immigrants did not cross the border illegally, but simply overstayed visas. Even Antonin Scalia notes that overstaying a visa is not a crime. (He said so in his dissent on the Arizona SB 1070 decision.)
4. USCIS is not funded by taxes, so this will not add anything to the budget or cost states anything, and Republicans currently foaming at the mouth to "defund" this action aren't actually talking about anything connected to reality. USCIS is funded solely by fees generated from things just like this executive action. For every two year reprieve, the applicant must pay around $500 with the application, which can of course be denied. Once they are here, working, of course, then they will be paying more taxes. (Yes, MORE taxes. They do in fact for the most part already pay income taxes with a tax ID #, which is like a SSN except it allows them to pay the taxes without receiving any of the benefits.)

Obama's new DAPA program, like the DACA from 2012, can only help this country. It's barely even a band-aid, though. We need congress to get off its collectively sorry butt and do something worthwhile on this issue.

posted @ Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 08:17

Blackmon: Suggestions for Gov. Deal on improving public education

So very telling that this is addressed to Deal instead of Richard Woods. Woods was not the best candidate, but at least he is a professional in the field. Regardless, he'll not have much impact on Deal's policies, and that is one basic structural problem.

posted @ Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 08:05

Deal tells Georgia superintendents he wants reform in education funding

Not quite empty. Suffused with bad poetic nonsense ("We're all in this together.") and sins. If you know Faulkner, he is the latest incarnation of Flem Snopes.

posted @ Friday, October 24, 2014 - 04:34

Blackmon: School testing regimen is a crippling lunacy

@cornish531: How many teachers or other education professionals have you spoken to about this? Your only correct assertion above is that individual test results are available (through a system called SLDS). The rest make no sense to most people who actually work in schools. Teachers for the most part don't make use of test results because the tests don't measure what they're supposed to measure. Good teachers don't need these tests because they already know exactly where their students stand because they've been grading and assessing the students all year long. Even if they were accurate measures of something, they'd still be superfluous. The only surprising or vaguely interesting thing about test results is that they're never surprising.

posted @ Monday, October 13, 2014 - 05:37

Education official says students used as 'pawns'

Double post unintended.

posted @ Friday, September 26, 2014 - 04:07

Education official says students used as 'pawns'

Politicians should make no decisions whatsoever regarding any curriculum. They should only figure out how to pay to keep the best teachers in the profession - those who know the content and will write good curricula. What this Colorado district is doing, and what those Texas districts have done, goes against every sound principle of educational theory and practice.

posted @ Friday, September 26, 2014 - 04:06

Education official says students used as 'pawns'

Politicians should make no decisions whatsoever regarding any curriculum. They should only figure out how to pay to keep the best teachers in the profession - those who know the content and will write good curricula. What this Colorado district is doing, and what those Texas districts have done, goes against every sound principle of educational theory and practice.

posted @ Friday, September 26, 2014 - 04:06

Deal, Carter duel over education at Atlanta forum

It would be great if politicians would just quit making decisions about education, or at least about the specifics of teaching. Ask the professionals what they need and why, provide for what is asked, and then just get out of the way.

posted @ Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 04:08

Blackmon: Stop talking, start acting on making education a priority in Georgia

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 - 18:07

Jones: Common Core deserves close reading

"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 - 18:49

Experts: Obama can do a lot to change immigration

Here are some specifics from someone who actually knows the details of the laws.

http://www.myajc.com/news/news/opinion/obama-can-do-much-to-help/ngrF4/?...

posted @ Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 17:46

Immigration advocates in Georgia call for congressional action

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!"

posted @ Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 18:31

Pitts: Keep the kids, deport Congress

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 - 20:56

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