On Teaching and Value

Posted Sat 20 September 2008 00:13 under category politics

A few minutes ago, I was reading an article from my hometown's newspaper, the Fall River Herald News. It was an article indicating that half of the schools in Fall River have been classified as "needs improvement" by the state. I'm not here to talk to you about the article so much; it was hardly good news, but nothing new for Fall River. Instead, I'd like to talk about the comments. You see, I was reading this article online, and the online edition of the Herald has a comments field. Here are two of the posted comments, reproduced for analysis' sake:

duclos
city gets what it pays for--- city gives the least amount of money to education in the state-and the money they do have they misuse
1972
Thanks duclos, I knew that was the problem with our schools. We have to start paying our teachers more in order to get them to teach! I figure $80,000 to $90,000 a year might get us off the failure list.

I think that this represents an interesting divide in the perception of schools, and one which I've seen a lot, at least anecdotally. So I thought I'd do some research.

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Fall River

Posted Fri 15 August 2008 15:18 under category personal

As my profile mentions, I come from Fall River, MA. Sometimes, I get overly romantic ideas that it might be a place worth staying in. Then I see something like I saw today, and I remember why it is that I spend ten months out of every twelve 3000 miles away. :-(

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Status

Posted Sun 27 July 2008 14:05 under category personal

I've only got one more week left of summer research. This time next week, I'll be back on the East Coast. I've already sent my desktop off to a cozy garage, and am posting this from my laptop. It was a pretty involved process - I needed to move all of my RSS feeds from Liferea to Google Reader, copy over my .vimrc and .emacs files, get a list of all of my webcomics... But all of that's done now. So, yeah, now I'm even less likely to post to this blog. Woo hoo.

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Home

Posted Sun 11 March 2007 22:58 under category personal

Yep, I'm back in Fall River. The plane ride (Sat. Mar. 10) was, as expected, painful and long. But I am indeed home. Yay me.

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