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Those who focus on police reform are asking the wrong questions - The Globe and Mail
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jul. 29, 2016

The deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile underscore two truths about the United States: We make it difficult for people to get by and harder yet to care for each other. After decades of slashing welfare budgets and increasing investments in prisons, federal and state governments have charted a path for the country’s poorest: aggressive policing and incarceration. We’ve locked people out of the formal job market and criminalized their survival.

It is not coincidental that officers in New York and Baton Rouge killed Eric Garner and Alton Sterling, respectively, in the course of policing informal economies (selling loose cigarettes and CDs). We simply make life hard for people – until we extinguish it entirely....Each day, we require black people to risk their lives to be cafeteria workers, teachers, therapists. The United States demands impossible sacrifices from black people to sustain its economy, and has since slavery.

What does this have to do with police reform?

Very little. Reformers are asking the wrong questions. They have turned to increased police training and altered use-of-force protocols to end this nightmare. Fortunately, some among us demand another way. Young black activists are not just asking, “How do we make cops stop shooting us?” but instead, “What do our communities need to thrive? How do we get free?” They’re not begging for scraps; they’re demanding the world they deserve. If there’s a future for any of us, it’s in asking these questions, demanding fundamental shifts in resources and organizing like hell.....Meanwhile, cash-strapped cities continue to raise revenue from policing and fining the poor. And because of insufficient social service investment, Americans rely on police to be first responders to crises of mental health, addiction and homelessness.
policing  African-Americans  reform  informal_economy  mental_health  addictions  existential  foundational  homelessness  community_organizing  incarceration  institutional_path_dependency  structural_change  questions  Black_Lives_Matter  cash-strapped  cities  reframing  political_organizing 
july 2016 by jerryking
NDP win fits historic pattern - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 07 2015,

Alberta was growing fast until recently. Having so much money, PC governments siphoned much of it into public services. On a per capita basis, for example, Alberta spends the most on health care (along with Newfoundland), and yet demands for even more spending never relented. The province needed more schools, more university and college places, more police, more roads, more of everything. As these services expanded, so did the number and clout of public-sector unions, who formed the spine of the NDP’s victory on Tuesday and to which the new Premier, Rachel Notley, will now be beholden. They will expect some degree of munificence from her, and she will be hard-pressed, given the province’s straitened fiscal circumstances, to accede to all of their demands.
Jeffrey_Simpson  Alberta  elections  NDP  Preston_Manning  public_service  public_sector  unions  history  reform  provincial_governments  Wildrose  Rachel_Notley  creeping_normality  complacency  Ralph_Klein  dynasties  populism 
may 2015 by jerryking
Toronto’s school board isn’t just troubled. It’s rotten - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jan. 16 2015

It is just as hard to imagine how a government that balks at breaking up a ridiculous and wholly unnecessary commercial monopoly such as the Beer Store is going to undertake a root-and-branch reform of the country’s biggest school board. Yet that is what is called for – nothing less.

The problem at the TDSB goes far beyond a few trustees with swollen heads. The rot at the board is deeper than that. Teachers’ unions and custodians’ unions have far too much power, individual teachers and principals far too little. The dead hand of the education bureaucracy stifles innovation and creativity.
TDSB  education  mediocrity  Marcus_Gee  mismanagement  schools  performance  bureaucracies  dysfunction  reform  root-and-branch  unions  autonomy  leadership 
january 2015 by jerryking
Forget reforming universities. Let’s reform the students
Aug. 29 2014 |The Globe and Mail |TODD HIRSCH.

10: Join a club.

9: Have a writing sample.

8. Find a co-op position.

7: Read novels.

6. Plan to spend time abroad.

5: Be curious.

4: Focus on school, then work.

3: Pick your major by what you’re interested in, not what you think will get you a high-paying job.
2. Take a broad range of courses.
1. Learn how to learn.
bottom-up  Colleges_&_Universities  students  education  reform  Todd_Hirsch  learning_agility  habits  curiosity  travel 
august 2014 by jerryking
State Companies Emerge as Winners Following Top China Meeting -
Bob Davis And
Brian Spegele

Updated Nov. 14, 2013
"SOE reform is a crucial barometer of whether there is true reform," said Fred Hu, chairman of Primavera Capital, a private-equity firm in Beijing, who was involved in the initial public offerings of some of China's largest state-owned banks.

Officials and academics who worked on the plan discussed at the plenum said state-owned companies are so adept at blocking change that Beijing is looking to an old playbook to slowly reduce their influence: enlist foreign help. China has agreed to negotiate investment treaties with the U.S. and European Union, which would open closed sectors to outside competition, including those dominated by state-owned firms.

In exchange, China wouldensure that state-owned firms had greater access to U.S. and European markets, where they would be forced to sharpen their competitive edge.

That is a strategy similar to one pursued by former Premier Zhu Rongji, who used China's negotiations to enter the World Trade Organization to make changes domestically.
China  SOEs  reform  free_markets  playbooks 
november 2013 by jerryking
Our Second Adolescence -
Published: February 25, 2013

My dream Obama would take advantage of the fact that only the president can fundamentally shift the terms. He’d take advantage of George Santayana’s observation that Americans don’t solve their problems; they leave them behind.

My dream Obama would abandon the big government versus small government argument. He’d point out that in a mature, aging society, government isn’t going anywhere. The issue is not size but sclerosis. The future has no lobby, so there are inexorable pressures favoring present consumption over future investment. The crucial point is not whether a dollar is spent publicly or privately, it’s whether it is spent on the present or future. The task today is to reform institutions and rearrange spending so we look like a young nation and not a comfort-seeking, declining one.

My dream Obama would nurture investment in three ways. First, he would take spending that currently goes to the affluent elderly and redirect it to the young and the struggling. He would build on the means-testing Medicare idea that Yuval Levin described recently in The Times. Older people with higher lifetime earnings would have fewer benefits, and they wouldn’t kick in until age 70.
David_Brooks  Obama  sclerotic  America_in_Decline?  reform  institutions  intergenerational_rivalry  aging  maturity  Medicare 
february 2013 by jerryking
Practicing Law Should Not Mean Living in Bankruptcy -
Published: January 17, 2013
law_schools  lawyers  reform 
january 2013 by jerryking
To transform education, Donorschoose hires a data scientist - Fortune Tech
By Jessi Hempel, writer December 21, 2012

Charles Best, a former Bronx history teacher, started Donorschoose to help donors and teachers connect directly online. Now Best plans to use a dozen years' worth of data to advocate for those educators. After all, teachers often turn to Donorschoose to request help getting the tools and supplies they need most. In the grand -- and often political -- struggle to identify what schools need, Best believes Donorschoose can help policy makers who control government spending listen to teachers. ...The idea for harnessing this data began when Donorschoose held a hacking contest in 2011. Among the most intriguing explorations of the data was a project done by Lisa Zhang, a Canadian undergraduate who used Donorschoose data to look at, among other things, the influence of a teacher's gender on the types of projects that were submitted and got funded....
education  data_driven  data_scientists  data  nonprofit  philanthropy  teachers  reform 
january 2013 by jerryking
Don't count on bold economic reform from China’s new leaders - The Globe and Mail

BEIJING — Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Nov. 15 2012
reform  China  leaders  leadership 
november 2012 by jerryking
Review & Outlook: Joel Klein's Report Card -
NOVEMBER 11, 2010 | WSJ. A Democrat without education
experience when he became schools chancellor in 2002, Mr. Klein began as
a mainstream reformer. Raise standards, end social promotion, hire
better teachers, promote charter schools. But as he was mugged by the
reality of the K-12 public school establishment, he began to appreciate
that real improvement requires more than change at the margin.

Thus he led the fight for far more school choice by creating charter
school clusters, as in Harlem, that are changing the local culture of
failure. Kids from as far away as Buffalo will benefit from his fight to
lift the state charter cap, which increased to 460 schools from 200.
Mr. Klein helped to expose the "rubber rooms" that let bad teachers live
for years on the taxpayer dime while doing no work. He gave schools
grades from A to F and pushed to close the bad ones, and he fought for
merit pay in return for ending teacher tenure.
Joel_Klein  education  reform  standards  tenure  meritocratic  boldness  teachers  school_districts  grading  CEOs  lawyers  Michael_Bloomberg  charter_schools  K-12  public_schools 
november 2010 by jerryking
How to Overhaul the U.S. Education System -
OCTOBER 30, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | by Michelle Rhee and
Adrian Fenty on what they learned while pushing to reform D.C.'s failing
public schools.
reform  Washington_D.C.  school_districts  Michelle_Rhee  Adrian_Fenty  public_schools  turnarounds  education 
october 2010 by jerryking
What's Next for Michelle Rhee?
Oct. 13 2010 | The Atlantic | Marc Ambinder. Rhee is a Grade-A
edu-lebrity, and she's the perfect bureaucrat for the Reality Show age,
when personal brands matter as much as ideas. Or when, at the very
least, ideas don't succeed unless they've got good brands behind
them...Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of
Teachers, said of Rhee:
Her¨central failing, was "her disdain for relationships": Rhee came in
with a huge amount of wind at her back because everyone wanted change.
Virtually all of us were rooting for us to succeed. The issue in
education that the so-called reformers don't understand, is, it's about
relationships. Students and teachers, teachers and principals.
Relationships are very critical. When you have disdain for relationships
and want to bust them up, you're actually busting up the one thing that
[binds] a student to success.`Weingarten says that Rhee's reforms won't
be scalable, and that attrition rates among teachers will exceed 80%
over 5 yrs.
Washington_D.C.  Michelle_Rhee  school_districts  public_schools  education  reform  personal_branding  relationships  attrition_rates 
october 2010 by jerryking
Book review: Crisis on Campus -
AUGUST 31, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | by NAOMI SCHAEFER
RILEY. Reading, Writing, Radical Change. Abolish tenure, require more
teaching, put star professors online. ...`` When Mark Taylor's children
were growing up, he made them write a three-page paper once a week each
summer between sixth grade and college. "It could be on any subject they
chose, and the only requirement was that the essay had to be
discursive, that is to say, they had to formulate a thesis, develop an
argument, defend it, and draw a conclusion," ...At heart, Mr. Taylor has
an old-fashioned sense of what it takes for students to become good
writers and good thinkers: for starters, a lot of practice at writing
and thinking. ``
Colleges_&_Universities  reform  distance_education  tenure  critical_thinking  NaomiSchaeferRiley  book_reviews  parenting  logic_&_reasoning 
august 2010 by jerryking
What They're Doing After Harvard: The Weekend Interview with Wendy Kopp -
JULY 10, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By NAOMI SCHAEFER RILEY.
Teach for America now attracts 12% of all Ivy League seniors. The
program's founder explains why it beats working on Wall Street.
NaomiSchaeferRiley  Teach_for_America  Ivy_League  teaching  teachers  education  reform  Wall_Street 
july 2010 by jerryking
Op-Ed Columnist - The Green Revolution(s)
June 23, 2009 | | By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN. Launching a
real Green Revolution in America would be the best way to support the
“Green Revolution” in Iran. Negotiate when one has leverage. “The First
Law of Petro-Politics,” stipulates that the price of oil and the pace
of freedom in petrolist states — states totally dependent on oil exports
to run their economies — operate in an inverse correlation.
reform  Iran  petro-politics  Tom_Friedman  Ahmadinejad  energy 
july 2009 by jerryking
Religion of Peace -
* JUNE 23, 2009

Religion of Peace
In Iran, a theological state is challenged on theological grounds.

Iran  Bret_Stephens  politics  reform  rule_of_law 
june 2009 by jerryking
Let's Have a Student Uprising
2005-08-26 | Time Magazine | Book excerpt from "Crash Course"
by Chris Whittle. To improve our schools, put children in charge of
their own learning
education  reform  myths  students  schools 
june 2009 by jerryking
Op-Ed Columnist - ‘No Picnic for Me Either’ -
Published: March 12, 2009 NYT by David Brooks. Reforming
American education requires two traits necessary for academic success:
relationships and rigor.
schools  reform  David_Brooks  education  discipline 
march 2009 by jerryking
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush on Immigration, School Choice and the Republican Party's Limited-Government Foundation -
FEBRUARY 13, 2009, WSJ op-ed by Jeb Bush in which he lays out
an agenda for the GOP to regain relevance. Hint: work outside Washington
politics  education  policy  inspiration  Bush  GOP  reform  revitalization 
february 2009 by jerryking

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