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Re: “Things I hate: Wiener's Circle

With all institutions, there is the inevitable drift- then free-fall. There was a time when the appeal was the food. Larry Gold, the owner-savant, greeted his customers by name, and inquired with the right mix of empathy and curiosity. That is despite months if not years between bites.

There was an appeal, a charm. But like most aspects of our culture, there was the inevitable coarsening. Like a City on a Hill, or a burger-shack on Clark, if salt loses its saltiness, … is it good for anything?

Posted by Ipso Facto on 07/01/2012 at 11:13 PM

Re: “How Rahm Emanuel can 'save' the schools (and he doesn't have to give me credit)

BeenHereBefore,

Interesting post. The view from the inside must appear quite different than the fuzzy-popular media version. The larger question you raise cuts to the heart of the matter.

Specifically, there is quite a bit of "political will," unfortunately it is pointed in the wrong direction. If you are interested, a quick perusal of the literature should include Eric Hanushek, of Hoover Institute fame. His econometrics- which are thinly veiled Supply-Side Economics- call for greater "standardization" in education.

http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/H…

The will is there, sadly it is economic policy posing in the guise of pedagogy. Expect educational outliers to be marginalized: ELL students, Gifted students, Special Ed Students, exceptional teachers in the pursuit of Mr. Hanushek's bottom 10% of educators.

Who said Mickey Mouse only lives in an enchanted fantasy land. It appears his policies will long effect our children. Perhaps a song is in order:

"It's a Brave World after all, It's a Brave World after all...It's a Brave, New World."

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Posted by Ipso Facto on 04/02/2012 at 4:39 PM

Re: “How Rahm Emanuel can 'save' the schools (and he doesn't have to give me credit)

TIFs?

That sweet sounding acronym wouldn't be much of an issue- except for the fact that they cover some 25% of the city, by area, and some 12% of the city, by property-tax revenue. They wouldn't be much of an issue, except for the fact that they freeze school-related revenue in favor of business development. They wouldn't be much of an issue except for the fact that they show up in the strangest places.

Why?

Why of all places does the Chicago Mercantile Exchange need a TIF? Are we to believe that the area proximate is in need of a poverty designation Surely influence peddling has nothing to do with it, right?

Nothing like balancing the books, on the backs of children. Way to go Rahm.

By the way, should I be in the possession of a column, say the Reader, I would mention it every chance I got.

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Posted by Ipso Facto on 03/31/2012 at 2:32 PM

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