We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
i haven't been following that closely the latest in the agony of the Catholic Church, but do note the timing of this latest, to come to a boil along about Easter. Not to defend any miscreants, whoever they are in whatever capacity, but merely to observe and pray for a great and ancient Western institution with barbarians again at the gates.
Regarding O care: it's become fun for me to poke the twenty-somethings I know. Recently, my local paper had an article about the angst of 19 year olds trying to decide what to do with their lives. This article gave me new ways to articulate my attitude: get a high paying job, make more and more money, be a productive cash cow... for me! Own your Obama vote!
Diane Ravitch has only partially seen the light. Interesting that she praises the MA curriculum reforms which, as I understand it, were largely modeled after the Core Knowledge approach. I have been persuaded that Hirsch's Core Knowledge approach is the most effective approach for educating the masses to be good citizens. After all, that really is the goal in a democracy, is it not?
What I don't like about E D Hirsch's K-8 curriculum is it's persistent left wing bias in the social studies. Replace most of Hirsch's lefty social studies curriculum with the more traditional Texas curriculum and you just might have something worthwhile.
It is interesting to note that Hirsch is frustrated with the left-oriented education establishment because they haven't seen the light on his methodology; they are still promoters of so-called "child-centered" methods. Should they ever change course and adopt Hirsch's approach in it's entirety, then we really will be sowing the seeds of our own destruction.
What's so demonic (in the end) about 'teaching left' is that, in order to prevent, negate, delegitmize the one simple question 'where has it worked?', the entire concept of critical thinking has to be jettisoned.
It's like mowing down every forest in the world so that no single leaf might ever fall.