I like the work of Freddie deBoer. I really do. However, he recently wrote about the value of standardized testing (and I disagree). However still, at other times, I agree when he says things like:
“What happens after we close the racial achievement gap? Would it imply that a bigotry against those not blessed with strong academic potential would be justified? That’s what “meritocracy” argues, and I believe it’s a moral error. I believe that this tendency, called the hereditarian left by some, will only grow in a world where the logic of meritocracy has brought us spiraling inequality, the division of our country into essentially two different societies with profoundly different qualities of life.”
So agree and disagree at the same time. Hegel would be pleased.
How do we justly divvy up the resources we have in the world? Continue reading “All the Standards Fit to Test”
According to the commander-in-chief: “as long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve.” Is this encouraging? Or megalomania?
Continue reading “For The Symbol Minded”
Criticism notwithstanding, behaviorism can be interpreted to supply a cautious optimism about changing one’s current state of affairs. But optimistic outlooks can be fickle.
Continue reading “The Politics of Associative Learning”
The current version, attempt number 70-something, to repeal Obamacare looks like it will be unsuccessful. For the moment that is. Continue reading “Repealing Obamacare”
There is trouble getting healthcare in America. 28 million lack coverage for healthcare and current pending legislation, that seems likely to pass (probably after some modifications) plans to add another 24 million to that. If you recognize this as a problem, the next step is to find a solution. Continue reading “Welcome to the Medical Machine”
“One billion people [in the third world] have no access to toilets so they defecate out in the open. Three billion more have toilets, but their waste is dumped untreated, seeping into water and food supplies. About 800,000 children under age 5 die each year from diarrhea, pneumonia, and other common infections caused by unsafe water and sanitation.” – Bill Gates
Continue reading “A Rubbish Solution to Refuse”