The douchebag is always a white guy. But he is more than that. The douchebag is the demanding 1%, and the far more numerically significant class of white, heterosexist men who ape and aspire to be them. Wall Street guys are douchebags to be sure, but so is anyone looking to cash in on his white male privilege."
we are planning to move in the not too distant future, so i made the mistake of adding a bunch of home design/decor blogs now. but i am still in the old space and do not want to do a damn thing to it, because i’m hoping to leave soon. so i have all these home decor and furniture refurbishment ideas floating around with nothing to attach them to! argh.
there is a lot going on here about turmoil in a local school district - the one with the AP US history curriculum changes, the one with the student walkouts and the teacher sickouts, the one with a lot going on. i talked in a previous post about how much of the changes were driven by 3 newly elected school board members, who took office in a election with less than 20% voter turnout and with lots and lots and lots of spending from the koch brothers.
now students are saying they want a recall election to get rid of these three new school board members:
Students, incensed over what they call disrespect from their elected officials, told their suburban community today they’re prepared to lead the charge in a recall election of three school board members.
Making their public debut at a park near Columbine High School, Jeffco Students for Change told a crowd they’re ready for a change on the Jefferson County Board of Education. Board members Ken Witt, Julie Williams, and John Newkirk can make the change themselves, they said, or the students will do it for them. (cite)
which, a) awesome that students are leading this movement for change, that they’ve identified the governmental levers that need to be pulled and the mechanism for pulling them, so awesome, and also and unfortunately b) students can’t vote.
which creates such an interesting and odd situation. these students are the most directly affected by this - they’re affected by the curriculum changes, they’re affected when their teachers sick out in protest, they’re affected when teachers leave the district or don’t come to the district because of new policies. but they have no direct power to do anything about it. they have to persuade voters to do something, they have to persuade people with money to give it, they have to hope that people will help them pursue their own direct interests.
there is a weird subset of anti common core people who are kind of kneejerk traditionalists i.e. “stop common core, ed reform is going too far, we need to focus on the basics” which is ridiculous but would not feel incongruous with Flags, Etc.
really? that feels kind of bonkers to me. like, i’m familiar with the critique that it asks too much of students (especially 3rd graders writing full essays incorporating reference texts, etc,) and am familiar with the critique that the standards don’t track fundamentals (like, why does my child have to do the math problem this wacky way to be marked right), but the idea that we need to go back to the solid american way of doing things just seems … weird. this was a latina advocating on behalf of low-income students, too.
i may be expecting coherence where there isn’t any, i recognize that.
at a meeting i was at this morning, there was a woman with the “stop common core!” tshirt, also wearing the “god bless america” brooch with a large enameled flag on it. i’ve seen her at meetings before, and these are her two consistent themes: common core and parcc are evil and must be stopped, and america and flags.
i do not understand how these things go together. i don’t understand what about american principles is inconsistent with common core. i am aware of a lot of reasons to oppose common core and parcc, but they usually center on state control and wanting to limit the cohesiveness and power of the federal government. “america” and flags seem to me to speak to the power of the federal government, the united nature of our nation as a whole.
i would love to hear an explanation of how this all fits together.
i am watching “million dollar arm” while i am cooking for lunches for the week. jon hamm is traveling in india so he’s talking to lake bell on skype and when i hear the skype call noise, i can feel my heart race faster. watching jon hamm give lake bell a tour of the view from his mumbai rooftop brought tears to my eyes.
- return a bunch of emails i have been ignoring for days/weeks because i don’t want to return them
- peel 2 pounds of tomatoes
- write some stata code for work (i have already done this for 4 hours today)
where is the button for “itunes, stop putting neko case in my pop mix genius playlist, that is neither appropriate for productive”?
impulse buys i do not allow myself at target: boots, earrings, scarves, nail polish
impulse buys i apparently do allow myself at target: an immersion blender