Category Archives: politics

Bad Faith, Worse People

What the “Grievance Studies” Hoax Actually Reveals (slate.com) Growing up in a city has a way of making you acutely aware of any time that city’s name is mentioned in a national setting, at least if that’s a relatively rare occurrence. Given that I’m old enough to remember when M*A*S*H was winding down its original run on CBS, you’d think that I would have been inured to mentions of Toledo at an early age, but that just didn’t happen; I can still remember watching the Fox…

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Totalitarian Teaching

Trumped up anti-Semitism charges at Rutgers designed to chill free speech | Editorial (nj.com) My experiences of being targeted for special treatment by my high school teachers, just because I had political opinions that differed from theirs, have influenced my teaching career in more ways than I could possibly list in a blog like this; putting aside the positive influences in my life (Mom and the good teachers I had in college), they may be my primary motivation to be a teacher, and to always…

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The Wrong Kind of Eraser

Texas Board of Education Votes to Remove Hillary Clinton from Social Studies Curriculum (snopes.com) The annual “Person of the Year” issue put out by Time magazine is frequently misunderstood. Its title makes it sound like an accolade, an award given to someone who has done good, but as Time itself has noted on multiple occasions, it chooses the recipient of the title based merely on the influence that person has had on world events over the previous year. A quick look through the recipients of this title…

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You Cannot Be Serious

US Open 2018: Serena Williams’ claims of sexism backed by WTA (BBC Sport) In her anger, in defeat, Serena Williams starts an overdue conversation (Washington Post) My interests in sports when I was very young were all over the place. A lot of them were influenced by what I had access to knowledge about; even though I’ve never cared that much for soccer, I still remember reading about Pelé a lot simply because my local library had lots of books about him. My early love…

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Let Kids Be Kids, FFS

No more snow days: School district replaces wintry days with off with online classes (fox59.com) Back in 2014, when France made it illegal for companies to contact their employees about work-related business after six in the evening, a lot of pundits here in America used the opportunity to point out how the Internet, and the growing availability of powerful smartphones and tablets, were changing the fundamental nature of work and jobs. Plenty had already been written about how new technology was eating up people’s free…

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