"Are We Teaching Composition All Wrong?"

In my experience this is so, so true:

In 10 years of teaching writing, I have experimented with different assignments, activities, readings, approaches to commenting on student work — you name it — all to help students write coherent prose that someone would actually want to read. And as anyone who keeps up with trends in higher education knows, such efforts largely fail. . . .

First, a simple truth: Students do not revise. This cuts to the very heart of how most of us teach composition. . . . 

Weak drafts remain weak; stronger drafts get slightly stronger, but not by much.

"For Disaster Recovery, the Best Knowledge Is Local Knowledge"

Excellent. (And, of course, the same is true of many other situations besides disaster recovery.)

Brad Gair, a disaster recovery manager in New York, said during the Frontline episode: “Did we put a bunch of money out? Yes. Is everybody mad? Yes. Did people get what they needed to get back into a home? No.” These horrifying stories were unfortunately a repeat of previous governmental responses to disasters — for example, after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Andrew.

"Minnesota's Great Wealth Migration"

I recommend that California politicians take heed. But I don't expect they will.

Other states have grappled with net outflow of wealth in recent years, and a few have found ways to reverse the trend—or at least stop the bleeding.


“Taxes are one of many reasons why people move, and they’re important ones that policy makers have control over and can do something about,” says Scott Drenkard, director of state projects at the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C.  “Whereas it’s hard if not impossible to change other reasons—such as education, which can take decades to improve, or the weather.”

Three related to the NE Patriots

"Why You Really Hate Tom Brady". (You have to read until nearly the end to get to the real reason, a reason I fully agree with.)

"No More Questions".

Call Bill Belichick what you want, but these accounts of his uncompromising life -- from prodigy to professional ballbuster -- reveal why history might one day call him the greatest.