Just some chick.
Don't get mad, but my favorite one is by Chris Martin.
76% (better than I thought I would do, tbh.)
@KimO Hello, Maria here. You are SO right, the results are better for any writer I think if you have time to cool your jets a bit. I agree, too, that going all flippant in the middle of a rage is maybe a questionable strategy?? Some people are fine with it, and some aren't.
What I mean by Cameron's illiteracy, though, is nothing to do with the odd typo; it's the total incoherence of his rhetoric. Cameron, an unintelligible writer who claims to know how to "fix" education policy, seems to me to be a kind of avatar for Silicon Valley startup culture in general.
YES!! (Maria here.) I LOVE this comment it is one of the very best ones I've ever had on a piece, thank you so much for writing it.
I want to work to restore government funding and management of education because government is not going away. They're going to be in charge of most of the money no matter what, so fighting to make sure they do things right is absolutely critical (also, as you observe, very frustrating and difficult, though sometimes progressives really do make a lot of headway, as in the post-WWII period.)
I'm not trying to say that there can never be any role for private enterprise in education. So far, however, we've seen only get-rich-quick schemes dressed up as philanthropy from Silicon Valley. The work of writers on the subject (like Mike Konczal and Aaron Bady, whom I linked up there somewhere) is a good example of how private enterprise (journalism) can affect education policy for the better.
Educators will eventually set educational policy, if the public demands it. So many goals in politics appear impossible until suddenly, it seems already to have happened. As in your example above, if a lot of people hadn't been willing to fight like tigers for marriage equality, hadn't believed it was essential to do so, the day would never have come. The thing is to avoid becoming discouraged by all that goes wrong, and instead take heart from success, and keep fighting.
@deepomega haha Cato Institute, are you serious?
Mike Konczal and Aaron Bady wrote a great piece about how this mess happened; though it's about higher ed, the same dynamics apply.
I don't buy your breezy figures to begin with (there are immense regional differences), but as an example, those of us who attended public schools in California in the 70s and 80s experienced a teacher/administer ratio, teacher salaries and benefits, gov't testing requirements etc. etc. very different from today's. Since 1980 the budget for California prisons has gone from something like half a billion to $10 billion. Just about what's been taken from education in the same period.
Would it be better to restore funding, testing requirements, teacher/administrator ratio and teacher salaries and benefits to what they were in 1975? Or hand out billions more to the likes of Udacity? IF you want to see actual improvements in the quality of public education, I mean.
The "Ugly American" they used to be called, though this phrase appears to have fallen out of fashion. Noisy, wearing Bermuda shorts or a Hawaiian shirt and loudly demanding bacon and eggs for breakfast. Every nation has its own distinctive National Boor, like a flag or a national anthem.
It is a great relief for anyone I think no matter who he is or where to be taken for a local. And correspondingly alarming when you're in a place where there isn't the ghos t of a chance of anonymity.
p.s. there are indeed several peer-reviewed studies of silver as a potential alternative to chemotherapy in certain types of cancer treatment, like this 2012 one.
I wouldn't care to drink loads of it for fear of turning blue, but you can order a big bottle online for $20 and it is the best thing ever for clearing blocked sinuses and disinfecting wounds and bug bites and little things like that.