Archive for January, 2014

Smart teacher, silly parent

January 31st, 2014 1 comment

The system described in this blog is a great one and it would be smart if it were implemented in every classroom.

The writer has some unfortunately dangerous ideas about what teachers are and do. She describes teaching as a “sacred trust” and the teacher concerned as a “love ninja”.

Purple prose aside, teaching isn’t a sacred trust, it’s a job. An important, no, critical job of possibly unrivaled sensitivity, but it’s just a job.

Systems don’t achieve anything. People do. If you built a system that requires “love ninjas” instead of “paycheck cashers” that system is doomed to fail. And schools are failing. There are bright spots where good souls doing hard work achieve greatness but these do little more than show off how bad it is everywhere else.

We’ve got to stop looking at teachers like miracle workers and start building them a support structure that realizes a lot of them are not divinely inspired to illuminate eager minds. They’re doing a job, just a job. A critical job of unparalleled sensitivity, but a job nonetheless. They’re not superheroes. Let’s stop expecting them to be.

(h/t Kari M)

ps I’m experimenting with WordPress formats. Hold on.

Bums > Yuppies

January 16th, 2014 No comments

Steve Duin blog: Right 2 Dream Too is the Portland City Council’s ongoing nightmare

Frustrated when former Commissioner Randy Leonard shut down his adult bookstore on Fourth Avenue, Wright invited the homeless — in October 2011 — to squat indefinitely on the lot.

I like a dirty Old Town. Bums, junkies and dealers are in every respect superior to snotty yuppies and the mooks and hootchies, douchebags and woo girls who are trying to turn the area into whatever the fuck an “entertainment district” is.

I know that makes it a rough place to live and work. I’ve never worked in Old Town but I’ve lived nearby and I’ve spent a lot of time in those bars, where several times duty called to back up a bartender.

At any rate, NW Third never felt dangerous compared to SE 99th & Harold until Dirty opened up.

Give me bums and hookers any day.

(h/t @maxoregonian)