commented on The GET Program Is Not an Investment; It Is Insurance
And yet Young is mum on why UW continues to support the College of Education 's Teach for America program. It has run in the red since it started three years ago. They have never met their goals (obviously Puget Sound school districts don't want teachers for 5 weeks of training) and only TFA vetted students can access this UW program.
It's those kinds of disparities - hate GET, love TFA - that really drives me crazy.
commented on The Wednesday Morning News
I said it would be the Pope or Snowden. I agree with The Stranger - for impact for 2013, it was Snowden.
It's not what you say (the Pope); it's what you do (Snowden).
commented on As It Was in Iran, So It Shall Be in Qatar: Art as Alibi
I visited Doha (my husband had a conference there). Here's what I saw;
- first thing on the tv (Arabic station) - Beyonce singing Single Ladies
- laying by the pool listening to Enya only to hear the call to prayer over the loudspeakers nearby
-visited a large mall, in the middle of the afternoon, as virtually the only woman in the place (but they did have Starbucks, Burger King and McDonald's
- realizing the only way to tell if someone was from Qatar is if they were a man wearing the long white gown or a woman in a burqua (they import nearly all their workers and they range in style of dress).
- visited the exquisite I.M.Pei designed Museum of Islamic Art, only to realize none of it was from Qatar (mostly Iranian and Syrian).
- you think we're building downtown? Go to any capital city there, including Doha, and it's a sea of cranes.
I get the impression that the men of those countries want one foot in one century and the other foot in another century. Good luck with that.
commented on Going Against the Anti-Negativity Police
". Do not dismiss a book until you have written one, and do not dismiss a movie until you have made one, and do not dismiss a person until you have met them."
What, Dave Eggers?
First, this is why I read The Slog. I find great stuff like this I might have missed. BIG thanks.
Second, I write a public education blog and the one thing I get tired of - "why can't you ask the district to do better nicely"? "Don't berate the hard-working staff."(even if they are not doing their jobs well? apparently not) " if you would only try to find common ground, you'd get further."
Really? With the people who if you are not with them, you're against them? With people who attack you personally to win? With people who use money and power to win an argument?
I hate that middle-school term "haters." It's for babies who believe one word against them is about them. It's not. It's about behavior and wanting to get away with bad behavior (and not get called out for it).
No, not backing down on calling people out. Because if you stop, it will only get worse. Hasn't it already politically?
commented on The Morning News
I think Boeing's own words speak for themselves. In legal terms I believe what they are doing is extortion but then again, I'm not a lawyer.
commented on Gay Man Chosen for Pointless Job
Actually, every legislator has a bully pulpit and a smart one knows how to use it. That's how you get something done as a first-year legislator.