Teachers face a catch-22. Those in poor districts are expected to be superhuman, to by themselves counteract the effects of poverty—even though we know that while teachers are the most important factor in educational achievement inside the school, factors outside the school, like poverty, are far more important. But while teachers of poor students are supposed to be superhuman, teachers of well-to-do students are frequently treated by doctor and lawyer parents as idiot failures, teaching because they can’t be doctors or lawyers. Policy and funding decisions are used against teachers in poor districts; the condescension of parents serves the same purpose in wealthier ones. But in both cases the professionalism of teachers is undermined.ghost-of-algren)
Not a god damn thing.
Woke up before my alarm and for some reason felt a pull to turn on the news instead of trying to go back to sleep. Got to watch them finish off the spire on One World Trade.
I really needed that.
“I like to watch people who are in love argue.
I like to watch the face of the person loosing their ground. The transition from a stubborn “I know I’m right” face to a dopey “I love this person, wrong or right.” face.
People who are in love decide an argument based on who needs it most, not on who is right.
People who are in love argue so beautifully.”
Yet so many people seem enchanted enough by the decadence described in Fitzgerald’s book to ignore its fairly obvious message of condemnation. Gatsby parties can be found all over town. They are staples of spring on many Ivy League campuses and a frequent theme of galas in Manhattan. Just the other day, vacation rental startup Airbnb sent out invitations to a “Gatsby-inspired soiree” at a multi-million-dollar home on Long Island, seemingly oblivious to the novel’s undertones.
It’s like throwing a Lolita-themed children’s birthday party.
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