On My Mind
In case you were wondering why we are spending so much time clarifying our expectations with students.
My new motto for the year "Be Overly Explicit"
Take a listen.
ALONG his block in Newark’s West Ward, where drugs are endemic and the young residents talk about shootings with alarming nonchalance, Najee Little is known as the smart kid. He got all A’s his sophomore year, breezing through math and awing his English teachers. His mother, a day care worker, and father, who does odd jobs to make ends meet, have high aspirations for him. They want him to earn a college degree.
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Will Geography Decide Our Destiny?
The episode begins with Stephen Dubner talking to parking guru Donald Shoup, a professor of urban planning at UCLA and author of the landmark book The High Cost of Free Parking. In a famousTimes op-ed, Shoup argued that as much as one-third of urban congestion is caused by people cruising for curb parking. But, as Shoup tells Dubner, there ain’t no such thing as a free parking spot: Listen to the whole story HERE
David Pogue in the NY Times.
Where, exactly, is your threshold for outrage? Would you speak up if you were overbilled for a meal? Would you complain if you paid for a book from Amazon.com that never arrived?
Or what if you had to keep making monthly mortgage payments even after your loan was fully repaid?
Well, guess what? If you’re like most people, you’re participating in exactly that kind of rip-off right now. It’s the Great Cellphone Subsidy Con.
When you buy a cellphone — aniPhone or Android phone, let’s say — you pay $200. Now, the real price for that sophisticated piece of electronics is around $600. But Verizon, AT&T and Sprint are very thoughtful. They subsidize the phone. Your $200 is a down payment. You pay off the remaining $400 over the course of your two-year contract.
Read the rest HERE
from the Huffington Post. Last week, ministers of education and union leaders from the best performing and most rapidly education systems met in Amsterdam to discuss how to evaluate teachers effectively. Everywhere this is a hot topic but these summits provide an opportunity to advance the dialogue between government and unions on professional issues without getting side-tracked by national industrial disputes. Read the rest HERE
Inequality has been rising in most countries around the world, but it has played out in different ways across countries and regions. The United States, it is increasingly recognized, has the sad distinction of being the most unequal advanced country, though the income gap has also widened to a lesser extent, in Britain, Japan, Canada and Germany. Of course, the situation is even worse in Russia, and some developing countries in Latin America and Africa. But this is a club of which we should not be proud to be a member.
Read the rest of the article byJoseph Stiglitz on Singapore in the NY Times.
From Public Radio International's Bullseye with Jesse Thorn:
Listen to the whole interview HERE.
Release date: Feb 13, 2012