Hope to get up threads on Dorn and Inslee today. They both had interesting things to say that weren't exactly covered by the regular media types.
Like the earthquake in Seattle story in the New Yorker, the story in the NY Times about Amazon's corporate culture has gotten a lot of play. IYou can't help but be somewhat horrified, based on your own sensibilities. (I'm going to say most of what was said is true even if coming from ex-employees - far too many of them say the same things. And the stories about being given the cold shoulder over deaths, illnesses, etc were far too common. I think Bezos' being shocked and appalled is akin to Captain Renault in Casablanca who, during a raid, said he was "shocked, shocked" to find gambling in Rick's Bar and then someone comes up to him, "Your winnings, sir."
†And what are we teaching in our schools? The value of teamwork and being a supportive team member. Oh, and also learning to recognize bullying. Maybe not so much at Amazon.
One item pulled from this week's Board agenda is the moratorium on suspensions for elementary students in light of the seeming disproportionality of its use. Miami schools are ending their use of out-of-school suspensions.
Interesting artilce in NY Times about algorithms and their use in our lives today.
Yet there is growing evidence that algorithms and other types of software can discriminate. The people who write them incorporate their biases, and algorithms often learn from human behavior, so they reflect the biases we hold.
The story of a poem written by an American teen that ended on on the wall of a bar in London. I think it's a pretty good poem that reflects a teen mind. Show it to your teen and ask them what he/she thinks.
The Middle School Social Studies materials adoption committee has made a recommendation to the Board. It looks like a bit of a split decision over two companies' books: 6th grade World History from McGraw Hill, 7th grade World History from Holt McDougal's and 8th grade U.S. History from Holt McDougal. Full vote on September 23rd by the Board.
What's on your mind?