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Re: Edjumacation

Postby pacobird » Wed Aug 26, 2015 3:13 pm

Sesame Workshop is going to have to retool the show to appeal to thirtysomething hipsters who watch the show ironically? Jesus Christ, give them a little more credit than that.


Sesame Street has been winking at mom and dad for decades. Considering thirtysomething hipsters are having kids now, this was probably going to happen one way or another.
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Postby Classic » Wed Aug 26, 2015 3:18 pm

What was the tagline? "The symbolism is deafening?"
I don't know that it's any worse than any of the other compromises that Sesame Workshop and PBS have made to keep going, but it's very easy to point to it as a barometer for how services are being drained from the most vulnerable that your 20-30-something will care about.

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Postby Sharkey » Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:03 pm

Yeah, it's more just the sad irony that something that was very purposefully created for the benefit of underprivileged children is now provided to the privileged first. Something something, trickle down, etc.
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Re: Edjumacation

Postby Mongrel » Thu Sep 29, 2016 1:23 pm



black americans had "over three centuries of a strong work ethic"


I, uh...

More "gems" in the thread.

EDIT: And before you say something like "oh Texas!", this teacher's in WA.
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Re: Edjumacation

Postby Rico » Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:50 pm

Washington is really not much less racist than the better parts of the south, which does include Texas. Yes,Seattle is included in that.

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Postby Friday » Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:52 pm

They only appear to be less racist on the surface because so much of their racism is directed at Californians.
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Re: Edjumacation

Postby Mongrel » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:21 pm

So the Oklahoma Teachers' Union has just voted for a statewide strike as well now.
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Re: Edjumacation

Postby Mongrel » Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:59 pm

The biggest cost to universities is probably labour (specifically, professor salaries) though. So maybe it's not quite as dumb as it seems on the surface.

(high tuition costs are dumb for lots of reasons of course, just saying that taking everything online doesn't necessarily make things massively cheaper, at least in the short term).
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Re: Edjumacation

Postby Mongrel » Mon May 03, 2021 8:21 pm

York University once again demonstrating that it's the worst possible place in Ontario to get a degree in anything.



(Those who work there surely love the place just as much as the students do. You can tell this because it's impossible to complete a 4-year degree at York without your time there being interrupted by a staff strike of some kind).
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Re: Edjumacation

Postby Thad » Thu May 13, 2021 12:25 pm

The Root: We Found the Textbooks of Senators Who Oppose The 1619 Project and Suddenly Everything Makes Sense

In case you haven't heard of it, here's a description of the 1619 Project:

The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.


Republicans hate it, of course.

The piece at the Root highlights a number of prominent Republicans who have criticized the 1619 Project, and digs up the history books they studied in grade school and high school.

It's an edifying conceit. Obviously shitty high school textbooks aren't the reason Mitch McConnell and John Kennedy are ignorant racists, but it's worth remembering how white supremacists have sustained their narrative through the generations by teaching it in school.

I was just talking the other day about my not-very-good American History teacher.

I had a friend in that class who hated him -- hated him. She went on to get a history degree. She mentioned to me once that part of her decision in choosing her major was thinking about guys like him and how bad our education in history is in this country. I told her "You should get ahold of him and tell him that he's the reason you got a history degree. He'll think it's a compliment."

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