I'd had a sick feeling in my stomach all day, accompanied by a great deal of flatulence. I knew why: the night before we'd closed down the bar, had a wee-hours greasy-spoon breakfast afterward, no proper sleep, and a looming dinner invitation with his folks--all known causes of intestinal turmoil. So when we were driving along and I felt a bit of familiar pressure, you know, down there, I decided to release some of it--discreetly--and hopefully gain some relief. I opened the window, raised one cheek, and......
Attention Parents: The College Advisor may have been Bribed taken on a great weekend getaway by the college she is recommending for your child.
It is not as simple as it seems. There are squillions of colleges just below the household names--the ivies and the big 10--how does a college stand out, to get the cream of the academic crop?
What's troubling about it is you would hope that higher education would be the last refuge from commercial influence. If you can buy schools, anything is for sale." Bruce Weinstein, national ethics expert.
So add this to your checklist, parents: when the advisor recommends a school, ask when the advisor visited the school, and who paid for the trip
I have very little respect for education degrees from most universities--even graduate education degrees. I've met too many folk I thought should not have been granted a BA/BS, let alone more advanced degrees.
cene: Math examination room. Characters: Several panicky students, attempting to memorize (rather than UNDERSTAND) basic mathematical concepts like the transitive property. A scene we're all familiar with. The difference is that these were not middle school students, the room was filled with seniors majoring in math education and math teachers. The cause of their concern: The dreaded mathematics subject matter expert exam. And yes, the word expert is used extremely lightly. The exam consisted of 100 questions in increasing order of difficulty. Elementary algebra made its first appearence around question 75, geometry around question 90. The last three questions consisted of basic calculus. Three hours were allocated; I took 50 minutes. When I left the room, I noticed that most of the candidates were still answering questions in the teens and twenties.
The advantage to education you actually pay for directly (read: private schools) is that you are keenly aware of the cost of each hour of instruction. It doesn't mean you always get what you pay for, but the adminstration tends to be more responsive. Also, I believe most private schools aren't unionized, so the path to getting rid of a teacher who cannot teach is much, much smoother.
This blog, on the whole, does not attend to politics. There are many, many folk out there much better equipped on a number of dimensions to discuss politics.
I want to draw your attention to the F* world. Fascism, according to Orcinus's reader Dante M:
Fascism is a poisonous ideology that grows and adapts to its circumstances -- Eurofascism reflected European vices; American fascism is similarly home-brewed. Therein lies the challenge in identifying it and combating it. Fascism always wraps itself in the flag, always seeks absolute power, always brands opponents as traitors, always relies heavily on propaganda for dissemination of its ideas, always invokes subversive enemies (at home and abroad), always embraces militarism and permanent war, always favors politicizing of police functions (and expanding them and the surveillance state), always scorns intellectuals, artists, and bourgeois democratic values, always is hostile to leftist and labor movements, and is obsessed with idealized images of a mythic "better time" of the past (while at the same time destroying that past, and the nation as a whole).
Stanford's Dime Novel and Story Paper Collection consists of over 8,000 individual items, and includes long runs of the major dime novel series (Frank Leslie's Boys of America, Happy Days, Beadle's New York Dime Library, etc.) and equally strong holdings of story papers like the New York Ledger and Saturday Night.