Kirby writes: >I think you'll find Haim rather cagey about the details >of his curriculum. Like MPG, he tends to steer clear of >hard specifics, and dwell in the politics of it all.
The only reason you think so, Kirby, is because, like every good socialist, you have the heart of an accountant. That is, you cannot abide uncertainty. You want everything guaranteed, everything cut and dried, every "t" crossed, every "i" dotted, everything spelled out just so.
In my vision of education, there is uncertainty, hence an inherent difficulty with details. The only certain thing about it is that there should be no Education Tsar who will dictate what every one of the 50+ million children will or will not do. There will be --- gasp! --- differences. (If people have choices, there will be differences; you will have to take my word for it.)
>He has no credentials, no credibility, no real name in >these parts, just a plaintive voice and a willingness >to defame others.
Some people defame themselves and sometimes I help them do it. As for the rest of your comment, you are perfectly correct. My arguments have to stand, or fall, on their merits, and you should take them, or leave them, on their merits, and not because of any credentials I may or may not have. Things are much better this way.
>He showed his true colors over on mathedcc, making fun >of a wizened octogenarion because he had nothing better >to do than care about imprisoned young people.
And when did you stop beating your wife?
But, I digress. I am touched by the interest you and Richard express in my opinions. However, please let me remind you that this thread is about the "vast underfunding" of public education (about which I provided lots of details). I would like to keep it reserve to that purpose (although I am not sure how much longer I can hold my breath waiting for MPG to respond). Please give me a little time to collect my thoughts and I will start a new thread.