Chester Finn reviews where we're at. Short take: a lot done, a lot more to do.
It is as remarkable as it is repulsive, the ingenuity with which the Obama administration uses the regulatory state’s intricacies to advance progressivism’s project of breaking nongovernmental institutions to government’s saddle. Eager to sacrifice low-income children to please teachers unions, the Justice Department wants to destroy Wisconsin’s school choice program. Feigning concern about access for disabled children, the department aims to handicap all disadvantaged children by denying their parents access to school choices of the sort affluent government lawyers enjoy.
Then out of nowhere, a white Chevrolet van hit them at 75mph, an absurd speed for the neighbourhood. Marcy was killed outright and Lewis was so thoroughly broken that the paramedic on the scene took him for dead. The Chevrolet driver, meanwhile, fled the scene, and was never caught. That was the story the Times ran with – the destructive experience of a hit-and-run in a city where everyone drives everywhere.
Twenty years on, that crash continues to reverberate. Only this time, it’s a happier story, one that Lewis has told in a book, Rise and Shine, and before large audiences at numerous public events. It’s the story of his astonishing recovery, and it not only gives hope to sufferers of traumatic brain injury (TBI), but provides proof, in the most dramatic fashion, of the brain’s incredible ability to regenerate and reorganise itself.
I read this and I just had to buy a bag. (They are awfully good.)
The alternative to “show you can govern” is to keep President Obama from governing. Right?Keep him from accomplishing what he wants to get done in his final two years and then “go to the country,” as Karl Rove used to say, with a simple message: time for a change! This is not only a valid way to proceed, it’s a pretty likely outcome.
Link via Instapundit.
It's really smart for charter schools to take reasonable steps to prevent teacher burnout. If true, this is startling:
. . . nearly half of all teachers nationally leave the classroom within five years.
By the Primary Craig Newmark. (I hope the teacher is still around to read this. It will warm his heart.)
Sort of related: "100-Year-Old Math Teacher Is Still Teaching At An Elementary School In Brooklyn".
Sorry, I just can't help myself.
And best of all, Megan McArdle's "GruberGate's Insider Problem".
So let me finish by noting what I actually find disturbing about the whole Gruber episode. It is not that voters aren't particularly well-informed; voters could not possibly be well-informed about all the issues that our government deals with. No one can be, which is why, when people ask me my opinions about foreign policy nowadays, I say, "I don't know. Looks like a hard problem to me."
Nor is it that politicians lie to voters. We reward them for lying, because we want to be told that we can have everything we want, plus a pony, and the only cost will be that some undeserving layabout will get their benefits cut off, or some very rich person we don't like will have to sell the second yacht and pay higher taxes instead. We should not be surprised when they tell us exactly that. I'm not saying that I approve of this, mind you; I'm just saying that the way to stop it is not to tut-tut at the politicians, but for voters to stop demanding that they give us the pretty moon.
To which the right response is: expose the politicians' lies, embarass and shame the liars, and then elect new ones. Repeat until the costs of lying outweigh the benefits.
More on lying from Kevin D. Williamson:
The lies are everywhere: California teachers go to the mattresses to protect child-molesters while po-facedly insisting that whatever they do, they “do it for the children,” even as their colleagues do it to the children. LAPD promises “To Protect and Serve” even as the officers in its crime-ridden ranks plant evidence in hundreds of cases, as its gang task-force turns into a gang itself, as the traditional game of cops-and-robbers breaks down completely, with police robbing banks. Politics corrupts even our best institutions. “Semperfidelis”? Not at the top. In the upper echelons, “Saepe fidelis” would be more accurate.
Call me old-fashioned, but maybe this is mostly the parents' responsibility.
Amen to this:
And for those who defend the arbitrary charter cap, it’s time to admit it: You’re not concerned because New Yorkers don’t want charter schools. You’re concerned because they do.
(Link via Instapundit.)
BTW more charters might well help with this: "There Are Nine Middle Schools In NYC That Are Tougher To Get Into Than Harvard".
An experiment on the TV programme Trust Me, I’m a Doctor has shown that eating reheated pasta is significantly healthier than consuming it freshly cooked.
The BBC show demonstrated that cooking, cooling and then reheating pasta, turning it into ‘resistant starch’, reduced the rise in volunteers’ blood glucose by 50 per cent.
Needless to say, real research is desperately needed.
I'm real glad these folks fight on our side.
Everett Glenn, "Pioneer in professional athlete representation," argues that Ol' Roy had to knowabout the goings-on at UNC-Chapel Hill. (Dang gummit!)
Related: "Bob Smizik: How best to punish UNC".
Don't sound like a tourist.
Potentially helpful if you want to show off.
For more Jersey details, see this informative map.
Ah, Baghdad by the Bay: I'm so glad I turned down a chance to work there.
Raleigh NC ranks second. (Second only to the People's Republic of Ann Arbor.)
From the CDC.
Unsurprising but good to have confirmed: romaine is better for you than iceberg lettuce.
But watercress . . . watercress is a power food.