Monday, January 21, 2013

stuff jan 21 - many as one - prejudice decreases as we celebrate onlyness

Richard Florida (@Richard_Florida)
1/21/13 7:59 AM
"Poor will be left isolated in suburban communities while wealthier congregate in urban areas resilient to austerity."…

this sounds so much like many things.. but to me - esp ed..
Now step back and realize what's happened. Because our infrastructure spending has been speculative -- it has been used to induce growth and not in support of productive patterns of growth -- we have all of this unproductive investment in the ground. Miles and miles of pipes and STROADs that created a modicum of growth but now are sucking up all of our infrastructure budget. 
So we've done it. We've made the hard choices and raised the taxes necessary to simply maintain our unproductive infrastructure. Our families now have a lot less disposable income and we're simply treading water. What happens next?
And I think it needs to be repeated because it is the critical insight: this is just to maintaininfrastructure systems that are largely unproductive. In a family equivalent, this isn't paying for college. This isn't fixing the roof. This is installing granite counter tops. If we actually did these tax increases, we would finally be paying for the extravagance of our lifestyle, not funding the essential foundation that infrastructure is widely believed to be.

Jerry Michalski (@jerrymichalski)
1/21/13 8:00 AM
the words of Thabo Mbeki’s I am an African #ygl
I owe my being to the hills and the valleys, the mountains and the glades, the rivers, the deserts, the trees, the flowers, the seas and the ever-changing seasons that define the face of our native land
seems opposite of floridas
 Today, as a country, we keep an audible silence about these ancestors of the generations that live, fearful to admit the horror of a former deed, seeking to obliterate from our memories a cruel occurrence which, in its remembering, should teach us not and never to be inhuman again.
have seen our country torn asunder as these, all of whom are my people, engaged one another in a titanic battle, the one redress a wrong that had been caused by one to another and the other, to defend the indefensible

white to black, teacher to student, to poor..
we stand up to fight.. when it touches us.
if we could only dive one step deeper/closer..
we are them, they are us..
it's not a new story.. we are simply fighting with different labels..
we are us.
I know what if signifies when race and colour are used to determine who is human and who, sub-human.
I have seen the destruction of all sense of self-esteem, the consequent striving to be what one is not, simply to acquire some of the benefits which those who had improved themselves as masters had ensured that they enjoy. 

DML Research Hub (@dmlresearchhub)
1/21/13 8:15 AM
How can we shift our education system to a point where it considers the optimal experience for each learner?

DSKauffman @dmlresearchhub How can kids prepare teachers for a connected world?

Richard Florida (@Richard_Florida)
1/21/13 8:12 AM
"Nothing more top down than trying to lead the world from high up a mountain" @mattbish on Davos via ‏

Brad Feld (@bfeld)
1/21/13 8:11 AM
Crowdfunding Efforts Draw Suspicion - @WSJ