Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Wednesday

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* Via everywhere: “A Letter to My Students” from Michael O’Hare.

Now, your infrastructure is falling to pieces under your feet, and as citizens you are responsible for crudities like closing parks, and inhumanities like closing battered women’s shelters. It’s outrageous, inexcusable, that you can’t get into the courses you need, but much worse that Oakland police have stopped taking 911 calls for burglaries and runaway children. If you read what your elected officials say about the state today, you’ll see things like “California can’t afford” this or that basic government function, and that “we need to make hard choices” to shut down one or another public service, or starve it even more (like your university). Can’t afford? The budget deficit that’s paralyzing Sacramento is about $500 per person; add another $500 to get back to a public sector we don’t have to be ashamed of, and our average income is almost forty times that. Of course we can afford a government that actually works: the fact is that your parents have simply chosen not to have it.

* But the news isn’t all bad: Nike has filed a patent on the self-lacing shoes from Back to the Future, Part II.

* Should blogs count toward tenure? Cathy Davidson says yes, but as service work, not publication. More from Chutry, who approves.

* New Jersey in the news! The state lost $400 million in federal education funding for not following directions.

* Trailer for AMC’s The Walking Dead. I’m cautiously optimistic, even if some of this (particularly the washed-out, poorly acted opening scenes) seems really amateurish.

* John Krasinski’s adaptation of Brief Interviews With Hideous Men can be watched on Hulu until September 5. Speaking as a hideous man, I thought it was worth watching.

* “Competitive balance an issue in EPL.” Four 6-0 games in two weeks—you think?

* What’s in the Avatar special edition?

* And presenting the Next Generation that never (but almost) was, starring Wesley Snipes as Geordi La Forge.

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  1. NJ is better off without Race to the Top $.

    It doesn’t stop teacher layoffs.

    It doesn’t buy materials for students.

    It doesn’t reduce class size.

    Race to the Top funds won’t help this year or next year’s students in any way.

    If you look at the states that got funded, it was for “innovations” such as data systems (millions of dollars to private sector contractors), teacher “training” (more Teach for America at the expense of students who train longer and plan to teach as careers) and a more punitive attitude towards teachers that will ensure even greater churn and turnover than we see now.

    Obama and politicians claiming that this money is to help today’s students are lying. It’s about bribing the states to further the privatization of public education.

    b

    August 25, 2010 at 9:38 pm


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