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Topic: Problem Solved!
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Kirby Urner

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Re: Problem Solved!
Posted: Feb 20, 2011 7:21 PM
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Yes, this is rather familiar literature; you'll find
the same thing going on in PDX, not that different from
the "community policing" movement we used to read about
more (it's still a literature, but more vintage, like

Regarding your "Education Mafia", you're obviously not
worried about offending Italians, many of whom are somewhat
defensive of Mia Familia, kind of like many Irish about
the IRA, who then decry any "Islamic brotherhood" in true
Catholic fashion, despite the great similarity in the
"us against them" mentality.

My question is why is your resistance movement so
ineffectual? We've been hearing about this criminal
syndicate, pouring money down the drain, for some time,
yet it only seems to get worse, no matter which so-called
administration as at the so-called helm.

My guess is it's the narrowness of your special interest,
i.e. you don't like to discuss profligate waste and
inefficiencies in other sectors, even for contrast, so we
don't get a complete picture. When it comes to education
in STEM topics, you still can't beat the military for
having a big budget, even if you're Princeton. Our
marching band was actually banned from Navy events as I
recall, for indecorous behavior (in the Ivy League
tradition (i.e. "bad at sports" as some guides will tell
you on your Orange Key tour of the campus)).

You've got a rather hard-to-understand language I think
is the problem. "Mutli-culturalism" is an unmitigatedly
bad thing, and yet "melting pot" is just fine. One reads
above of a $250K grant getting teachers to spend time on
their beat, actually being in the community they're
serving (vs. "commuting to work"), and one wonders: is
this what a melting pot looks like? I think you'd shout
"no!" but then where are you coming from with that? What
*should* teachers be doing, if not learning about the
real lives of the people they professionally serve?
Seattle has lots of Asian and NavAm (pre colonialist)
communities, not to mention half-breed Swedes like me.


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