Sunday, January 29, 2006

Sunday, a day of rest.

It's the birthday of Edward Abbey who said, ""There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California." I am not quite sure exactly what he might have meant, but I have to agree.

A more comprehensive quote, I think: "You know you have achieved perfection in design, not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away." Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Sorry for the lack of posts this last little bit; I've been working a temp job for the Oakland Unified School District. Seems the Teachers' Union is on the verge of striking and OUSD needs to hire 2,000 substitute teachers. I've spent the last week interviewing people to replace the teachers temporarily and after months of having no one other than Steven and the cats to talk to, I've found it great fun. This week? More of the same: we've only hired 600 replacements.

I'd love to see an American experiment: all the money and respect bestowed upon the public school system that it could possibly need. Maybe even a good bit more. Art programs and Kleenex reinstated. Teachers paid like CEOs, honored like Nobel Prize winners, with the authority to maintain structure and command of their wards. Ethan Frome banned from the curriculum in favor of anything by E. B. White. Adventure, Civics, Joy let loose upon the populace. Investment and money management taught in 7th grade. Storytellers in history classes teaching the lies agreed upon from another angle, chefs in home ec teaching improvisation. Wouldn't that be lovely...

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