Diane Ravitch on The Daily Show.
Ravitch is the queen. If only the government would listen…
We would also address poverty directly. We would increase the minimum wage and make post-secondary education cheap or free, and we’d improve improve unemployment benefits and offer free job-training to the unemployed.
Poverty is one of the few social ills where throwing money at the problem really does seem to work.
These are not radical, liberal ideas. In fact, in Europe most of them are associated with the more conservative parties, and many of them were associated with the American Republican party in the 80s. But the United States’s political climate is so different from anywhere else in the industrialized world that I fear we will just continue to get farther behind in education (and in % of people living in poverty) until we decide to make some big domestic investments.
Poverty is the the US insures a class system while purporting to be a democracy. Poverty leads to a poorly educated lower class that can be perpetuated ad finitum and put to the service of the gigantic business consortiums - often working for minimum wage, little to no benefits and no opportunities for advancement. In this way they insure high profit margins for corporations and a malleable voting public for politicians to manipulate.Those who can’t work for one reason or other join the visions cycle of unemployment but receive just enough monthly benefits to make them consumers of corporate products but not enough to improve their lifestyle. This group is also easy for politicians to manipulate and exploit. Neither group is able to improve the future of their children since they don’t have access to the kind of quality education or mental and emotional stability that higher socio economic groups enjoy. Smaller class sizes have been called for by educators for over 50 years, yet, if anything, class sizes in poverty areas are getting increasingly larger. State testing does not inure or even reflect that quality education is taking place- the main thing it inures is that some kids will never get a diploma. Those kids are invariably from poverty backgrounds,minorities or English is not their first language. Our current educational system exists today,fundamentally, to prevent people from moving out of the poverty class that has been created to trap them in for their lives and for the lives of their children’s children.
one of my fav, becouse of Miyuki as Usagi in school uniform :)
TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 2006, Tom Kitt, Amanda Green and David Lindsay-Abaire's musical High Fidelity, based on the Nick Hornby novel of the same name, opens on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre. Will Chase stars as Rob, a record-store owner who — when things in his current relationship go sour — revisits his former relationships to find out where he went wrong. Failing to win over critics or audiences, the production closes after 13 performances.
Linzi Hateley as Carrie White in the 1988 Broadway Production of “Carrie”, which notoriously flopped, playing only five performances on Broadway in May of 1988.
Guys, can we not totally shit on the live Sound of Music thing that’s happening on Thursday. Not everything needs 5 layers of cynicism. Yes, the Julie Andrews version is supreme and of course Mary Martin did it first but ok can we not.
This is a whole new way to show musical theatre to modern America and if we show the network that this is viable (by watching it and reacting positvely to it on social media) they might give us something better in 6 months or a year.
This could be a part of what American musical theatre becomes, let’s not automatically hate it because it’s new and different.
It’s a good job that Elphaba and Glinda had “one short day to have a lifetime of fun” in the Emerald City because they certainly didn’t have any more fun together after that…
I was supposed to do useful things today, but I guess after doing NaNoWriMo and the stress of working retail this past weekend, I needed just a Sera Myu day, because really that’s all I’ve done all day. Watched some clips, made screenshots and new avatars. Then decided to make more avatars.
So here, have some Xmas avatars, if you’d like.
Xmas Usagi - warm weather style.
Xmas ChibiUsa - “Oh my, Crystal, Santa came” version.
Xmas Sailor ChibiChibi - “I’ll be home for Christmas”.
Xmas Tree Beryl - “I can’t find a spot for this ornament”.
I think Beryl is my favorite.
Today has been fun.
“Actually, I painted a picture of Rue,” Peeta says. “How she looked after Katniss had covered her in flowers.”
There’s a long pause at the table while everyone absorbs this. “And what exactly were you trying to accomplish?” Haymitch asks in a very measured voice.
“I’m not sure. I just wanted to hold them accountable, if only for a moment,” says Peeta. “For killing that little girl.”