November 19th, 2003

buzzed, B&W

I love Blogcritics

As mentioned previously, I'm a big fan of Blogcritics these days. It's part of my morning routine once I get to work: heat up a glass of water, kick my computer for needing to be restarted since WinME somehow ate all the system resources overnight, reboot the machine, and then start up FeedDemon and read various RSS feeds.

So, Colorado Sen. Ron Teck (state Senate, not US Senate) is proposing eliminating senior year, since many students have enough credits to graduate after junior year. The blogcritic writer believes that this is a bad idea, since it would cost jobs and lead more students to alcoholism at college due to immaturity, and thinks that instead the schools should offer challenging higher level classes, and have the students work with younger students as peer mentors. I don't know enough about Colorado's school system to know whether this makes sense, but I am glad to see radical ideas being considered. Interestingly, Florida has a system in place that allows people to apply to college with 18 credits, rather than 24, allowing students to skip their senior year.
buzzed, B&W

Another thought

So I was wondering - would it be disruptive to others if I listened to punk rock all day in the office? I ask this since the woman next to me is playing Christian music - and both Christian and punk music have definite messages in their lyrics. I'm not bothered by the noise of the music, but more so by having the Christian ideals being blatantly beat over my head with a bat. I wonder if some would be offended if I were listening to anti-racism, pro-activism punk? (Yes I'm generalizing both genres.)
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Poverty

So, poverty and the sympton of it are cyclic - children raised in poverty rarely make it out of poverty. Programs like AmeriCorps are designed to break this cycle, and get people out of poverty. There's definitely a part of me that wonders if this is possible, or if it's a lost cause. The engineer in me feels that there will always be people who are uneducated, resourceless, and just want to use the system - in this case the system being the fact that there will always be people wanting to help, to provide social services to the "poor."

Is it possible to eliminate apathy? I wonder if there are communitities where poverty truly has been eliminated, and if so, how? How did they get rid of those who are content to freeload? Or those who are content being bums? In other words, how did they satisfy Marx's quotation: "from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs?" One might argue that we're there already, that the ability of many of those who choose to live in poverty is miniscual, so we fill their basic human needs and that's it. (Okay, so that's a very tenuous argument, but it could be made.)

Makes me wonder why I want to be a teacher, when the odds of my having any significant impact are slim to none. So, let's say I do "save" a handful of students - I'm guessing another handful will fall down to fill the void they left as they climbed the ladder to "success."