Hacking No Child Left Behind

It’s hard to describe how awesome it is to see that my former high school district is manipulating No Child Left Behind in such innovative ways. I’m almost proud.

Basically, NCLB school evaluation in Califnornia is based on the percent of 10th graders who pass the HS Exit Exam. It doesn’t matter if the student […]

Data vs. Emotion

I’m constantly impressed with how many debates can be reduced to this fundamental conflict. Mike talks about this conflict within the abortion debate, and it’s pretty clearly active in arguments over death penalty, rehabilitation vs. punishment, drug treatment vs. criminalization, immigration — all the crime & punishment issues.

Compare this to economic policy, where conservatives […]

Centripetal Forces

Not to be confused with Centipetal Forces, the militia units of the the Centipede army.

This xkcd got me thinking: High school physics, where most kids are told about the fictitious status of centrifugal forces, generally sticks to Newtonian physics. This makes sense because pre-modern, F=ma primitivism are the most useful sort of physics to […]

Living in Spelunker’s Paradise

All the lights in Los Angeles my neighborhood my apartment have been off for almost thirty minutes and I have to say, the place looks a lot bigger by laptop light. The general darkness is soothing, and then, bursting forth with glowing shininess: a rectangle of backlit information, giving me a glimpse out of my…cave:



The best sentence ever:

The move from a structuralist account in which capital is understood to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a […]

How Gay is UCLA?

Hard to say, but:

How Gay is UCLA? – Learn why UCLA was named one of the top 20 schools for LGBT students and how you as an LGBT or ally person fit in. We have something for everyone!

This is one of the orientation sessions for the new school year, by which I imply […]

Quantz Rulz

This is my first fall without school. Quantz understands my pain:

HS Debate ’08

So this year’s High School Policy Debate topic is:

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its public health assistance to Sub-Saharan Africa.

And I’ve been thinking about this off and on for the last few weeks. (Yes, this is where I brandish my true-nerd membership card and reveal my previous life as […]

SoCal Library

Nice to see this highlight of the Southern California Library, which I’ve mostly visted during their book sales to acquire classic leftist tomes. It’s a great resource both as a library and community center in South Central, and people should go there. Especially USC students in need of radicalization — it’s only 2 miles away.


More Edu

I think we’re getting close to answering the world’s questions about education, the universe, and everything, so I’ll throw some more random thoughts up at this juggernaut of an education post over at Ways to End the World. An excerpt:

…kids with annual incomes of 104,000 or 164,000 a year — including, I suppose, him […]

Oh Snap!

Mike Meginnis is continuing our back in forth over higher education reform here. I’m still in the middle of his piece, but wanted to highlight a section that cracked me up:

Quixote suggests reorganizing the merit aid system so that high academic performance gets you off the hook for tuition, while low performance means you […]

It’s Hard Out Here for a Student

Over at Ways to End the World, Mike Meginnis notes ever-escalating college tuition and the problems with students on merit-based scholarships under performing and suggests that all college aid should be need-based. Without merit aid, students wouldn’t be insulated from their university’s tuition increases, and so the universities would be loath to raise costs. Also, […]