Teach for America’s hidden curriculum – http://pulse.me/s/iAL5Q Need to finish reading this. I still don’t see enough of teacher unions working on good reform .
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Even IF the attack on Osama BL had been 100% due to torturing prisoners, it would not mean a vindication of the torture cheerleaders. Why? 1) It is only a colossal failure of the imagination to think that any action is the result of one and only one course of action. There are always other ways. 2) What price can we put on our national integrity? As John McCain said once: it is not about them, it is about us.
I took the plunge and posted this on facebook:
I am irked by “centrists” like Matt miller on KCRW’s Left Right and Center who think center ALWAYS means that left and right are equivalent in their commitment to ideology over good ideas and therefore the only possible solutions to economy, politics, and government is some sort of “third way.” And they think non-choice is non-ideological.
On a side note, I never know how much politics or “political economy” (the broader interrelated questions of fairness, governance, philosophy, and values) to put on FB. I have often said, and should write more about the double-edged sword of FB- it is based on network growth and inter-connectivity, but the broader a network becomes, the more limited it’s uses. At the extreme, FB will become an on-line version of Lake Wobegone nomrs: to avoid unsettling anyone, only discuss the weather in polite company.
Anyway, Matt Miller, the host and apparent “arbiter” on Left, Right and Center (a great show even if it is made by the
communists socialists Nazis at NPR,was on a tear about the need for a new label for “radical centrists.” He made his version of a passionate plea for now being the time for a brave new “third way” politics (was he around during the 1990s when Blair and Giddens did this? and, um, that US president, named, um, Clinton?)
Matt Miller makes some good points, sometimes. But I find he often starts where much of the “mainstream”media seem to: that the excesses of left and right are always there, always misguided, always driven by ideology over facts and therefore the only hope for progress comes in some third way. Even as his OWN SHOW has left and right weaving in and out of agreement on issues like the Fed, China, and Afghanistan, he cannot let go of the animating narrative of his life.
Sometimes the “very” left is simply correct. For example, there is growing wealth and wage inequality in the US, and tax policies have much to do with it. Or, the distortions in health care of the US compared to other comparable societies is due to all the money that flows to the various sectors of the Health-industrial complex. No amount of compromise with the right can make those critiques go away.
Rarely, the “right” is correct. Ron Paul wants to audit the Fed. I am with Bob Scheer on this one. The Fed as it has become run is a distortion of democracy in our economy. I can agree with some critiques of changing or weakening values in US society, although I won’t agree with solutions or causes, probably.
So, I would rather Miller’s idea of a radical center be more of arbiter between right and left than always elevate its (false) sense of being above the messy fray by being aghast at the ideology around it. There is no non-ideological center…
If you believe in ‘community-centered schools’ and ‘walkable / bikeable communities’ – This is a ‘last chance’ to advocate Keeping The Schools In Town. …. At the end of this email is the official meeting announcement. Continue reading
The Friends of Joseph Priestley House Museum will reopen the site for weekend
tours beginning Saturday, Oct. 3. Heritage Day, a grand reopening event will be held
Sunday, Nov. 1 from 1-4 p.m., it was announced at the group’s annual meeting Thursday
in Northumberland, PA.
The site has been closed since mid-August due to the state’s budget emergency, which
forced the furlough of its paid staff and nearly caused permanent closing of the museum.
In the future, Friends’ members, serving as volunteers, will lead weekend tours for the
public. School and community group tours can be scheduled at other times. For
information, contact the Friends’ website (www.josephpriestleyhouse.org.)
A Promise to Be Ethical in an Era of Immorality – NYTimes.com
What happened to making money?
I should write more, but a few issues come to mind. First, it is a student-led program to take an ethics pledge. Maybe this is a furhter data point of a generational value shift from Gen Xers to Millenials. Second, surely it has the backing of faculty and administration, so Paris 1968 it is not. Third, while I agree business should be couched in alrger discussions of common goods and shared prosperity, I am unsure how much tnagible difference a pledge makes. Is there accountability? Is there a community of conversation about what it means to enact this pledge to not advance “narrow” self interests? I have the sense that it adances a notion of ethical behavior as noble choices to choose rightly between A and B, where A helps starving orphaned baby seals and B is to make $100,000 for the shareholders and $10,000 for ego.
If you want to work to avoid narrow self interests in your company, rather than wiat for forced choices between altruism and enrichment, why not work to change the mission, compensation system, and culture of openness about how to make decisions?