Popped into the City Club's One-Stop Ballot Stop this evening. Not so many people but the mayoral debate was interesting. One quick-fire question: "Do you think the Seattle School Board is doing a good job?" Murray - yellow (waffle), McGinn (refused to answer - "I think they are doing the best they can at a hard job. I don't want to put them down." , crowd (mostly yellows with a smattering of green - yes and red-no).
I had forgotten but City Club puts all the candidates for each type of election together so there was this uneasy line of Dale Estey, Peters, Blanford and Green. Blanford and Green appeared to completely ignore each other (as did Dale Estey and Peters) while Dale Estey and Blanford appear to be pretty good buddies (so I guess that CASE - the Chamber of Commerce PAC - isn't wrong in calling them "a slate.")
The Supreme Court has taken on case on affirmative action which
involves a Michigan case using race for college admissions. Apparently
the discussion was quite spirited and I liked this interchange from NBC News:
When Michigan Solicitor General John Bursch, the state's representative
in court, suggested Michigan could get rid of legacy admissions as a way
to admit a more diverse student body, Justice Sotomayor remarked: "The
minorities finally get in and have children, and now you want to do away
with alumni preferences."
You mean like alumni preferences at Harvard or Yale? Because George W. Bush would not have gotten into Yale with his grades without it.
torn in some ways but I don't believe the K-12 public education system
is a level playing field so eliminating affirmative action is asking for
colleges to have a level playing field before we have it at the K-12
A story from NBC news about a high school coach who wanted ALL types of boys to be part of the team. It's a great story of inclusion for special needs kids.
From the sublime to the silly - one school has banned balls - of all types - from the playground and now comes word that one New Hampshire elementary school has banned tag. As they said on the SNL news about the school banning the balls, "Its name is the 'Geez, be careful, you're gonna get hurt School."
From silliness to the downright dangerous - a 12-year girl in Florida killed herself after being cyber-bullied for more than a year. What is fascinating is that two girls, ages 12 and 14, have been charged with "aggravated stalking." The accused sent her e-mails that she "should drink bleach and die." From NBC News:
While bullying is not a crime, (Sheriff) Judd said, the girls have been charged
with aggravated stalking — a third-degree felony — because the victim
was younger than 16 years old.
It was startling to hear Sheriff Judd also take on parents - all parents - by saying parents need to pay attention to what their children do online and do "be a parent, not a friend."
Tell me you didn't miss this one - the Texas Board of Education has
been working overtime to rewrite their textbooks (and as one of the
largest buyers of textbooks in the country that means other states as
well). What now?
One of the most controversial changes is to deny the slave trade. The
Texas Board of Education wants to refer to the slave trade as the
“Atlantic triangular trade”. (Apparently they did rewrite it to be "Transatlantic Slave Trade.")
Capitalism can only be referred to as “free enterprise system”, largely
because of the negative connotations of the word “capitalism”
The board has diminished Thomas Jefferson’s role in history because of
his belief in the separation of church and state. Students also are
required to learn that America’s founding documents were influenced by
various intellectual traditions, “especially biblical law,” and
principles laid down by Moses.
I feel very
sorry for the students in both Texas and Louisiana where they are going
to extreme lengths to mis-educate and undereducate students.