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Yes, my thoughts as well.
- 40 Days and 40 Nights! (acyberpilgrim.org)
- One of these things is not like the other (musicfordeckchairs.wordpress.com)
- Raising the Next Generation of Marketers (adage.com)
- Why a change of generation is not going to make politicians’ net comms more interesting (jonworth.eu)
- Digital Natives Digital Immigrants (kiwibelma.wordpress.com)
I was appalled when I read the Heritage report. Apparently if your children have video games and you can afford a fridge, you really can’t be in that much economic distress? How weird are these guys? I appreciate this take down of their case that appliance ownership negates economic insecurity.
via Colloquial Usage
- Misusing statistics, Heritage Foundation claims that poor people aren’t poor (dailykos.com)
- Redefining Poverty (webnerhouse.com)
- Stephen Colbert Mocks Heritage Foundation Report Critical Of America’s Poor (mediaite.com)
- Heritage Foundation questions whether poor people are really poor (dailykos.com)
- Taking on “The Lonely Conservative” and The Heritage Foundation. (historyfirst.wordpress.com)
- Democratic Legislators Call for Investigation of Justice Thomas (blogs.wsj.com)
- Google’s Extreme Makeover of its Heritage (forbes.com)
Is the Met copping the consequences? (via Integrity Talking Points)
(When we speak of the Met, what is being referred to is the Metropolitan Police.)
One of the police officials who resigned on Monday had taken gifts and trips from the Murdoch holdings. Since the police are implicated in covering up the crimes of the News of the World and also implicated in providing the scandal sheets with information about crimes and victims, it is not surprising that in hind sight taking these gifts were a mistake.
From the essay – No official in the course of their job, should accept gifts, hospitality or other benefits of any value from anyone other than their employing agency without the explicit consent of their employer. In the vast majority of circumstances, the only reason anyone would give such benefits relates to the exercise of functions by that official – either before decisions are made or following the making of decisions. It is difficult to conceive of a gifting purpose unrelated to either “oiling the wheels” or to recognise the favourable way the wheels have turned for the person making the gift.
If a gift is to be accepted, that acceptance must be transparent. This involves open disclosure to a superior officer, the granting of approval, and formally recording the benefit in a publicly accessible register.
It would be difficult to say it better than this author in these paragraphs.
Typical academic consideration of police lying (via Allcoppedout’s Blog)
Here we discuss police lying and the legal fictions that figure so much in the language and practice of criminal justice. I like this paragraph –
My own belief is we are scared of transparency, partly because all our cupboards hide skeletons. When the ‘red witch’ placed at the heart of the hacking scandal admitted she knew her organization had paid police officers, this was seen as a blunder and admission of ‘criminality’. This is not the right approach and seems to be putting people we want to tell the truth in the same position as the police officer having to ‘game’ in the legal system.
I agree we do not value the truth so much as we value playing some strange kind of game designed to elude responsibility and honor.
This Nebraska Nuclear Power Plant Is Surrounded by Floodwaters (via Jewish Nerd)
There is something about a nuclear plant surrounded by flood waters that is more disturbing that a coal fired plant or any other kind of energy producing facility. What makes it more disturbing is that knowledge in the back of our skull that if things go wrong, the investors aren’t just out an investment, we all will pay a price for such a calamity.
May we live in a world where reason and knowledge are used to make energy decisions.
via Jewish Nerd
How many times do we have to read this same story? Telling someone that they have to stop paying to access a federal program, encouraging them to believe that they are going to get a loan modification, when your bank has already decided that no one is going to get this kind of deal, and then foreclosing on them when they fall for the bait – is this they way banks are supposed to make money?
What is the business ethics here? The bank should be telling its customers the truth, not a set of lies. I don’t think that requires much analysis.
Banks are a utility in the United States. That is, they have government protection in return for the bank following a set of rules. That’s why your accounts are insured and banks are supposed to be accountable. Because in a real sense a bank is public institution, it has privileges in the law to protect and profit it. How much less incentive should this kind of institution have than private companies from misleading and cheating its clients out of their homes?
Since, I wrote this article my own students have come forward with the same story of being told to miss payments by the bank and then being foreclosed on. There is great and calculated cruelty in these acts.
In the Basement of the Ivory Tower. #College #Unschooling #Education (via uberlearner)
The adjunct professor here tells us what happens when he flunks a majority of his students. –
What actually happens is that nothing happens. I feel no pressure from the colleges in either direction. My department chairpersons, on those rare occasions when I see them, are friendly, even warm. They don’t mention all those students who have failed my courses, and I don’t bring them up. There seems, as is often the case in colleges, to be a huge gulf between academia and reality. No one is thinking about the larger implications, let alone the morality, of admitting so many students to classes they cannot possibly pass. The colleges and the students and I are bobbing up and down in a great wave of societal forces—social optimism on a large scale, the sense of college as both a universal right and a need, financial necessity on the part of the colleges and the students alike, the desire to maintain high academic standards while admitting marginal students—that have coalesced into a mini-tsunami of difficulty. No one has drawn up the flowchart and seen that, although more-widespread college admission is a bonanza for the colleges and nice for the students and makes the entire United States of America feel rather pleased with itself, there is one point of irreconcilable conflict in the system, and that is the moment when the adjunct instructor, who by the nature of his job teaches the worst students, must ink the F on that first writing assignment.
I share some of these concerns. My persistent gripes about the “necessity” of policemen and firemen having to master college algebra is probably well known locally. A college education is appropriate in many fields but surely we can find a variety of mechanisms(of which a college education is a major choice but not the only choice) by which policemen and other municipal employees can be promoted.
From around the web –
From the web site, Higher Ed Marketing.
In College Unbound, Selingo is delivering a sales pitch of his own. He’s asking readers — ostensibly students and their families, but I know a lot of people in my shoes have also picked up the book — to think differently about the business of education.
“The colleges and universities enrolling most Americans will be radically different places in ten years,” Selingo writes. “Ultimately, it is the students of tomorrow who will drive colleges to reimagine the future of higher education.”
These future college students are tech-savvy and are growing up immersed in a digital, hyper-connected world. “They feel comfortable in a social world that lives online,” Selingo writes. In the classroom, however, “they remain largely uninterested in learning through traditional teaching methods.”
From the web site, Medicine from the Trenches.
One of the biggest myths in the medical school process is that once you get into medical school, it is relatively easy to STAY in medical school. Each year, approximately 5% of those who enter fail one or more courses or fail out of medical school entirely. Why does this happen after being subjected to a selection process that is very stringent?
The biggest reason for students failing a course or failing out of medical school is an inability to put in the study time that a very competitive medical school curriculum demands. A sizable proportion of freshman medical students may have been able to get through their undergraduate studies by the “last minute knowledge cram” method, only to find that they are in deep trouble fast.
Most of these students will adjust their time management skills and do well enough to pass their coursework but some are not able to make the transition from undergraduate to medical school. These folks find themselves behind their class very quickly and fail to catch up enough to pass. Courses like Gross Anatomy and Biochemistry quickly knock them out of the freshman class.
From the web site, Teachers Net Gazette.
(Go to the web site to read the first ten.)
11. Mindsets: Students’ minds are functioning 100% of the time and their attention is focused on whatever is foremost in their minds. The mindset lens through which each student views incoming information will determine its meaning. Therefore, whatever has priority in the context of their minds—thoughts, interests, desires, plans, commitment, surroundings, etc. will be competing with classroom goals. Telling or coercing kids into paying attention is futile. Kids are motivated from inside, not outside. Unless and until a teacher can “connect” with a kid’s interest or show the relationship between course content and some part of kid’s personal life, the kid’s minds will be “somewhere else”, mentally. Participation can be mandated, involvement cannot.
12. Grades: Are an integral part of most students’ lives and most teachers’ control, discipline, and motivation techniques. And, most have difficulty understanding students who do not respond to grades. It is important that teachers remember that reality is a matter of personal perception. Grades, marks, and report cards need to be seen through the eyes, feelings, and meaningfulness to the individual. Empathy—crawling inside their skins is essential. Once a student has a long-term failure identity, grades can begin to have the opposite effect that teachers normally expect or hope for.
That this actually controversial is astonishing. Nevertheless, you there are countless web sites that argue that offshoring was good for everybody.
I think that this issue is much more of a political issue than a job issue. Jobs exist in the United States. In many fields there are shortages of workers. The offshore resources are filling that shortage in some cases. In other cases companies are saving money by using cheaper resources. By saving money, they are making more which is profitable for their shareholders. Who are their shareholders? Probably each and every one of us. Remember your retirement account?
Then, on Feb. 9, the White House released its annual Economic Report of the President. Buried deep on Page 229 of the report was a paragraph noting the growth of offshore outsourcing by U.S. businesses and suggesting this was basically no different from other kinds of international trade:
“The basic economic forces behind the transactions are the same… . When a good or service is produced more cheaply abroad, it makes more sense to import it than to make or provide it domestically.”
I teach college, specifically business law. When my class began to fill up with former manufacturing workers desperate for some kind of work or work related opportunity, I couldn’t help but notice those were the kinds of jobs that made this community, the jobs that made America. It was those jobs that were leaving.
I’ll let the article make the rest of the argument.