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Teaching Moments
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a quote for the morning
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heat
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going to war with the army you have
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An Exceptionally Moral United States
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Let’s not call it exceptionalism.
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Poulos on Taylor on Re-Structured University Education
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The Underdog
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The comments...

AvatarBadger
+ Perhaps, if you were to outline the essential differences in teaching math regionally I could understand your argument better. You've already conceded that the [. . .]
+ Jaybird - indeed, so many of the world's problems are... Badger - classrooms across the country are in fact extraordinarily different. Such is the nature [. . .]
AvatarBadger
+ How is a classroom in New York different than a classroom in Los Angeles? Is it really the case that change the algebra-geometry-trig progression [. . .]
AvatarJaybird
+ It strikes me that a huge chunk of (if not the downright majority of) problems were are facing today that we were not facing in [. . .]
+ 1 - Right...to some degree. I am not a huge fan of paying based on performance over-all because of a number of reasons (which [. . .]
AvatarWill
+ Jaybird - I suspect that schools in 1968 simply weren't dealing with the problems we face today, so I don't think emulating their approach to [. . .]
+ Oh - and even when we have those metrics they are still mostly meaningless. What we need is a radical overhaul of how we [. . .]
AvatarJaybird
+ Could we offer students one of the standardized tests from, say, 1968 and see how they do on it? If they do significantly worse, can [. . .]
+ 1 - compensating teachers is not quantifying education, it's simply paying for it. Moving to performance pay based on national standards would require quantification [. . .]
AvatarWill
+ E.D. - As I said above, I'm sympathetic to your third objection, though the HuffPo article I link to provides some pretty compelling evidence that [. . .]
+ Performance-based pay runs into so, so, so many problems not the least of which is any sort of program designed to test performance is bound [. . .]
AvatarJaybird

The democrats are Fatah, the republicans are Hamas.

Truly, we are all Palestinians now.

AvatarWill
+ paul h. - At the American Scene, the discussion revolved around the LA Times article, not DC school reform. That said, there are a few reasonable [. . .]
AvatarJaybird
+ As a crazy nutball libertarian, let me say this: A child starts Kindergarden around 5 or 6. Between then and whenever, he or she will spend [. . .]
Avatarpaul h.

This seems like the most straightforward no-brainer reform imaginable, and I can't figure out why Freddie would be in any way opposed to it

AvatarE.D. Kain
+ Yes, but it beats not being able to throw them out...which, er, is sort of where we're at today. Two too institutionalized parties that [. . .]
AvatarJaybird
+ "Holy crap, these guys are awful! Throw the bums out!" "Holy crap! These guys are even worse! Throw the bums out!" "HOLY CRAP!!!" That's not exactly the best [. . .]
+ I believe that David Brooks said that the worse thing for the GOP would be for them to get back into power without having earned [. . .]
+ Sedona's beautiful but way too touristy and busy for me anymore. Great hikes, though. Really tremendous, breath-taking views, especially if you know where [. . .]
AvatarCascadian
+ Cool. I've only driven through Flagstaff but love Sedona. Do you have a van? I'm a huge fan of vintage buses. [. . .]
+ Cascadian - I live in Flagstaff @ 7000 ft in the largest Ponderosa forest in the world, and totally surrounded by desert on all sides. [. . .]
AvatarCascadian

E.D. Where are you at in Arizona with mountains? Ever been to Jerome?

+ Meh. I'll trade you - it's been overcast, gloomy, and rainy every day here in Jersey for the last week or so. I've [. . .]
+ Cascadian - I love monsoons. We get them here, too. Actually right now it's lovely outside. It's inside that's killing me. [. . .]
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+ We're having our spring monsoons. It's wonderful. I went to high school in the desert; it ruined me for heat. [. . .]
+ Jivatman - lots to chew on in those comments. I think your notion of "open-source" is really fantastic. I know the mutualists have [. . .]

"Good" can also mean intervening in huge expensive wars with no end in sight....

AvatarJivatman
+ Kain, a few further thoughts. Distributionism seems (in my limited knowledge) to not recognize that physical capital is worth very, very little in the modern [. . .]
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+ Athens allowed any male to be a citizen regardless of wealth/class. Those citizens then were the government; there were no elected representatives. Other than lacking [. . .]
Avatargreginak
+ well aside from anything else, Athens was a near perfect democracy if you were in the select group who had a vote. Localism is fine [. . .]
AvatarJivatman
+ @Greg The entire purpose of strengthening communities is to strengthen their democratic impulses - to ease and encourage personal and political relations through collective choice. [. . .]
+ William: I hadn't thought of it that way before, at least not in connection with this particular topic - I vaguely remember that you discussed [. . .]
AvatarJaybird
+ "‘Don’t be evil,’ isn’t enough. ‘Be good,’ is important too." I think that "Don't be evil" might be the business of the government. Prevent murder, rape, [. . .]
+ I'm also a Southerner (though admittedly the Civil War history of Kentucky was a bit more complicated). I tend to view our dark moments as [. . .]
AvatarWilliam Brafford
+ I guess the only thing to say for the time being is that I have a pretty complicated take on American identity, which in my [. . .]
Avatargreginak
+ Any society, even the libertarian paradise, has inherent values that are in some way pushed on somebody else. Compromise is a fact of living in [. . .]
+ Bob Cheeks & Jaybird: Consent of what proportion of the governed? Is a majority enough? I’d see a lot more substantively in there, like [. . .]
+ See - that's very much like my ideal society, jaybird, and the point I'm laboring to make is that there are communities more predisposed to [. . .]
AvatarJaybird
+ I have my idea of a virtuous society and it probably looks very much like what Marx envisioned. Honest, educated people working in the morning, [. . .]
+ Because we mean two very different things (obviously). My definition of a virtuous society is one in which we live as communities. Haggards [. . .]
AvatarJaybird
+ "Nobody can force us to be more virtuous or live as better neighbors, and so sometimes these things have to be cleverly marketed. " I imagine [. . .]
+ True raft - but I'm of the opinion that it won't be that bad. I hope it isn't, in fact. The pain is [. . .]
Avatarraft
+ I think a possible "moral sea change" is going to depend on how severe the economic crisis really is. Everyone who went through the Great [. . .]
Avatarraft
+ William Brafford: "So maybe you are saying that studying under someone isn’t an end in itself, but rather a means to participating autonomously in the [. . .]
+ Yeah, you're right... it might not be his overarching argument, but I was struck by the section what ends with "It isn’t surprising that the [. . .]
+ From William: The problem with the latter account is the degree to which it depends on Europe destroying itself twice over in thirty years in wars [. . .]