A Different Take on Testing

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.

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Transformers 3; or, What’s Wrong With Sexual Harassment Training

They have more in common than you’d think. The obvious answer is that they both have an obnoxiously long duration that wasted hours of my life, are devoid of any meaningful substance, pander to the the worst cliches imaginable, and are insulting to our common sense. But the obvious is not always the full story.
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On Repetition

Shoemakers tell us that “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” Physicists tell us that “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Philosophers tell us that “those who  cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Businessmen tell us that “history is bunk.” So which is it? Continue reading “On Repetition”