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Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1199

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1199

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1199

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1199

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_PageDropdown::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1244

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1391

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1391

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1391

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1391

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_CategoryDropdown::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1442

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class wpdb in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 306

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/cache.php on line 103

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class WP_Object_Cache in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/cache.php on line 431

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Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Comment::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/comment-template.php on line 1266

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Comment::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/comment-template.php on line 1266

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Comment::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/comment-template.php on line 1266

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Comment::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el(&$output) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/comment-template.php on line 1266

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class WP_Dependencies in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/class.wp-dependencies.php on line 31

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class WP_Http in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-includes/http.php on line 61

Warning: session_start(): Cannot send session cookie - headers already sent by (output started at /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-settings.php:512) in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-automatic-upgrade/wordpress-automatic-upgrade.php on line 119

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Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class ftp_base in /home/dixcom/blogs.dixcdn.com/leftofcybercenter/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-automatic-upgrade/lib/ftp_class.php on line 56

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Monthly ArchiveAugust 2013



Commentary & education 29 Aug 2013 10:34 pm

Fixing what’s ‘wrong’ in education

It’s a cardinal rule of sales: Create the problem, and then provide the solution.

Ohio education officials did a good job of creating the problem last week when they released newly revamped report card data for state schools. The new district report cards jettison descriptors such as “continuous improvement” and “effective” and replace them with an A-F grading system in nine categories. Seven of the nine are based on high-stakes testing results. The other two are based on graduation rates.

Not a single category involves any qualitative measure of districts. The new report cards do not look at how many students are involved in music and art, how many participate in extracurriculars, or how many stay after school for tutoring. Officials rate schools without talking to a single student, parent, teacher or administrator. Supposedly objective, quantitative numbers rule all.

Even schools that fared well under the old (flawed) system find themselves struggling in some parts under the new (still flawed) system. Districts earned A’s in some categories and F’s in others, but no overall grade is forthcoming until 2015. Officials haven’t even decided exactly how they’ll compile overall grades, but like the bureaucrats at the end of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” they give every assurance that they have top people working on it.

Meanwhile, parents and community members who are accustomed to report card formats can make their own judgments on districts with D’s or F’s in, say, “standards met” and “four-year graduation rate” and A’s and B’s in “disabled value added” and “annual measurable objectives.” Likely, they will just assign traditional number values to each letter grade, add them and divide by nine, even though the state says that’s not how it will be done in two years.

Like the good salesmen they are, state officials haven’t yet shared the solution, but are instead happy to let districts, kids and parents stew in the problem for a bit. When it arrives, the miracle cure will likely involve sanctions and penalties for persistently poor performing schools (even if these punishments go by more euphemistic and progressive names) and a continued reliance on charter schools that follow a for-profit model.

That’s hardly a surprise. As a teacher, I used to scoff at colleagues who said the accountability movement was a plot to systematically dismantle public schools and open the doors for mega-rich handlers of politicians to plunge their greedy fingers into the educational pie. Now, those conspiracy theorists sound more like prophets.

The bottom line is this: Whether old report card or new report card, Ohio’s results are based on the erroneous assumption that the only useful data is testing data, and that the accountability model is the only way to “police” education in America.

P.L. Thomas, an associate professor of education at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., presents a better alternative on his blog, “The Becoming Radical.” He argues that students and the public would be better served if politicians target growing economic inequalities in the United States. The widening gap between rich and poor means that more students come to school hungry and without adequate health care. These issues directly affect their classroom performance.

Further, Thomas argues that accountability based on standards and high-stakes testing should be stopped, replaced by “a small and robust measurement system” that tests random samples of students and gathers descriptive (qualitative) information about districts.

He also believes that experienced teachers must be assigned to impoverished and special needs students just as they are to affluent, typically developing students; that teacher education should become more rigorous; and that current grading systems, like the A-F model that is so prevalent in our schools, should be replaced instead with models that provide rich, individualized feedback.

Significantly, Thomas says that the kind of crisis management model so prevalent in state and federal education mandates must be replaced with patience. Patience, however, isn’t part of the paradigm where lawmakers and their rich puppetmasters are concerned, so the accountability model isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. There’s gold in them thar halls, and millions to be made for testing companies who sell products that create the problem and charter school charlatans who sell the solutions.

I love my students and I love my school, but increasingly, I fear for both.

chris.schillig@yahoo.com

twitter.com/cschillig

Originally published in The Alliance Review on Aug. 29, 2013.

Books & Commentary & Media & Movies 22 Aug 2013 06:12 pm

Big and tall, short and small

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Size matters in pop culture. Or maybe it just matters to me.

Since childhood, I’ve been fascinated by stories that hinge on size differentials. People who shrink, monsters who dwarf skyscrapers, bugs the size of Cadillacs — give me any or all of the above and the odds that I will like the book, movie, poem, radio drama or synchronized swimming event where they appear, especially if the big things are juxtaposed against smaller ones.

Most kids like monsters, I think, but I always preferred the really tall ones. The Frankenstein monster is more appealing than Dracula because Boris Karloff, who plays the monster, is taller than Bela Lugosi, who plays the vampire. (Plus, Lugosi has that really thick accent and walks like he’s stuck in jelly. “I vaaaant to succck your bluuuud,” he says, inching along at the speed of your average tortoise, while toddlers crawl past and old men in wheelchairs lap him. Not much fear factor there.)

We all root for the underdog, which is why we all cheer for David and his slingshot against Goliath, and why “Rocky” kept spawning sequels until the sight of Sylvester Stallone without his shirt became too grotesque for even the most stalwart of moviegoers.

I just take the term “underdog” more literally than most, wanting to see the conflict reflected in extra inches, feet and yards. After all, who could be more underdog-like than people fighting giants, or characters shrinking to the size of dandelions and trying to avoid a size 10 shoe?

As a last hurrah to the carefree days of summer, when long afternoons afford time to ponder such trifles as the greatest stories about things that are bigger or smaller than normal, here are a few of my favorites:

Jack and the Beanstalk — The story that started it all for me. Little boy, magic beans, giant vegetation, big guys who live in the clouds, even — if memory serves — a singing harp. And you can’t top the suspense of Jack chopping down the beanstalk as the giant descends, screaming “Fee Fie Fo Fum!”

King Kong — Maybe my favorite movie — and movie monster — of all time. Big ape, big dinosaurs, little people running and screaming in terror. What’s not to like?

Godzilla — Everything from King Kong applies, but with the addition of nuclear weapons and radioactive breath. Plus, Godzilla has been better translated into other mediums than Kong. The 1970s Marvel Comics version is still my favorite comic-book series of all time. ‘Nuff said.

The Shrinking Man — Filmed as “The Incredible Shrinking Man,” this novel by the late, great Richard Matheson has the main character exposed to a mysterious mist that slowly reduces him in size, until he is living in his daughter’s dollhouse and fighting off a domesticated cat that is, proportionally, the size of a double-decker bus. If you’ve ever fantasized about shrinking to thimble size and dueling spiders in the basement (and who hasn’t?) this is the book/movie for you.

Jurassic Park — Again, you’ve got dinosaurs, plus the theme of humankind’s na├»ve belief that it can trump the natural order and Jeff Goldblum (in the movie) nattering on about chaos theory while an angry T. rex uses his colleagues as toothpicks. The sequels aren’t worth a tinker’s damn — or a tinker’s dam, depending on which etymological story you believe — but they do have big dinosaurs vs. little people, so they can’t be all bad.

(I really wanted to like Michael Crichton’s “Micro,” by the way, because he’s the author of “Jurassic Park” and it’s about shrinking people to microscopic size, but I couldn’t get into it. Too much pseudoscience, not enough screaming people. It’s no good if people don’t run around and scream.)

I could rattle off a whole slew of pop-culture references that fit the bill. Here are a few: The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Gorgo, Reptilicus, Ant-Man, the Atom, Tarantula! (a movie so exciting that the exclamation point is part of the title), Tom Thumb, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Johnny Socko, Ultraman, munchkins, Yoda, Tom and Jerry, and Fantastic Voyage.

Pacific Rim — the best movie almost nobody saw this summer. Giant creatures crawling from a hole ripped in the space-time continuum in the Pacific Ocean? Check. Global chaos as said monsters attack? Check. Humans piloting giant robots in a last-ditch effort to save the world? Check. One of the coolest sci-fi/fantasy films since the original Star Wars? Check and mate.

So there you have it — incontrovertible evidence that the bigger they are, they harder we fall for them. Or that I do, anyway.

chris.schillig@yahoo.com

twitter.com/cschillig

Originally published Aug. 22, 2013, in The Alliance Review.

Commentary 15 Aug 2013 08:01 am

Trickle-down effect of tourism

As my family and I stepped off a bus in Mexico earlier this month, the tour guide urged everyone to go home and tell others that his country was safe.

“Nobody got shot, eh?” he said, explaining that many stories about Mexico as a modern-day Wild West originate in areas that are hours away from our location on the coast of the Caribbean Sea, centering in towns just south of the U.S. border and along the Pacific where drug cartels wage bloody battles for supremacy.

After all, he noted sadly, we had seen the people of the Yucatan Peninsula, who were too poor to own guns to shoot anybody. It was a sobering fact driven home again and again during our long ride from a seaside resort to the ruins of Chichen Itza — dirty hovels nestled between rubble, children playing in dirt, dogs panting in the noonday sun and baring teeth at passing cars.

At the Mayan ruins, vendors lined both sides of the footpaths, selling trinkets and T-shirts, each seller letting visitors know that his souvenirs were more authentic, meaning cheaper, than the next guy’s. Goods were arrayed on dusty blankets, on warped boards set across sawhorses and on clotheslines stretched between trees — all of it ready to be torn down at sunset and carted home until the next day.

We heard again and again that tourism is vital to Mexico’s economy and the catalyst for thousands of jobs that would disappear if people stopped visiting. It made me think that evening as my family and I sat down to another large meal in one of the many restaurants at the resort, served by smiling employees who pulled out our chairs and placed napkins on our laps. How much sadness lurks behind those smiles, how much food left uneaten on plates is mourned when we stroll away? Surely these workers, many of whom labored from sunrise to sunset the entire time we visited, see the destitution as they pass through the resort’s gated front entrance and return home. Some may even live in similar circumstances. Do they feel grateful for the tourism that makes their jobs possible? Or resentful of visitors who indulge in a posh fantasy so far removed from their country’s reality? Likely both.

Mexico is a country where 45.5 percent of inhabitants live in poverty — 53.3 million people, according to a report last month from the government’s social development agency. Worse, 11.5 million live in extreme poverty, defined as earning $183 (American currency) or less a month in cities and $118 or less in rural areas.

While tourism may be vital to the country’s survival — $12.7 billion last year alone — it doesn’t appear that much of that money trickles down to workers who keep the silver polished and the food ladled. Instead, it ends up in the hands of developers and tourist companies who will continue to add new resorts and rooms.

Investing in tourism will create jobs, but will the jobs pay enough to lift more of those millions out of poverty, or will they mostly increase the profit margins for already wealthy investors?

It’s a complex problem, and one with relevance to the United States. Here, some 15 percent of residents live in poverty. Fortunately, we are a nation with many safeguards and social programs to assist people who struggle with unemployment, but these aren’t always givens.

I read with some despair comments from Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., who recently spent some time in Crystal City, Va., scoping out people in line at a grocery store. He was irritated by the number of shoppers paying for groceries with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cards, and especially by one couple with the temerity to be physically fit while using the assistance. (Shocking, as most detractors like to point out how many overweight people use the cards).

For Mullin, this is enough to convince him that our system is rife with fraud. Many of his fellow GOP members agree, which is why Republicans in the House of Representatives support a 5-percent cut to SNAP, which would equal about $4 billion fewer benefits, even as the GOP continues to wage a war of obfuscation against Obamacare by turning the very people who stand to benefit the most against the law.

Surely, the greatest nation in the world can take care of its financially weakest citizens while providing enough incentives to create new business and new jobs. It doesn’t have to be either/or.

I spent half of my Mexican bus ride feeling lucky and half feeling guilty, the way most people feel when they come face to face with poverty. But maybe some politicians aren’t most people.

The U.S. has a long way to fall before we reach a level of impoverishment equal to Mexico, but certain lawmakers appear willing to help us get there faster.

As long, that is, as they remain on the right side of the resort table.

chris.schillig@yahoo.com

twitter.com/cschillig

Originally published Aug. 15, 2013, in The Alliance Review.

Food & education 08 Aug 2013 04:04 pm

Financial planning under the golden arches

McDonald’s is under a lot of scrutiny lately for a financial planning site it created with Visa to teach employees how to manage money.

The company’s so-called Practical Money Skills Budget Journal came to the public’s attention at about the same time that fast-food workers across the industry started to pressure employers to raise hourly rates to $15 and allow them to unionize.

Famously lampooned last month on the Colbert Report, a so-called sample budget on the site allots only $20 a month for health insurance, even though McDonald’s least expensive health plan is $12.58 a week for employees who have been with the company more than a year. Initially, the budget made no allowance for heat, although the website was later revised to include $50 a month for this.

Of course, all employers should pay a living wage, especially a company like McDonald’s that, according to Bloomberg, achieved 135-percent profit growth from 2007-2011 and paid CEO Donald Thompson a truly obscene $8.75 million last year alone.

But here’s the problem: Even if McDonald’s increased wages to $15 an hour — and let’s be clear, the company has given no indication that it’s even considering this — it wouldn’t be enough. At that higher rate, a worker would make $31,200 a year before taxes (which is a very big “before”) and about $23,400 after.

This is far better than minimum wage, of course, and workable for households of one. But for families of two or more people, unless they are incredibly frugal or both have full-time jobs, $15 an hour is not a living wage.

Maybe it was sufficient 20 years ago, and it still sounds like a princely sum, but the reality is that $15 an hour sounds like a ticket to easy street only to people making less.

Those who make less, and a lot of Americans do, basically have three options: Learn to live within very modest means; find a second — and possibly third — source of income; or take steps to ensure their minimum-wage reliance is only temporary.

McDonald’s worksheet proves that the first option is hardly workable (unless your idea of wealth is pocketing $2 a day after paying all bills).

The second option, finding additional sources of income, drew audible gasps from the Colbert audience, though I’m not sure why. Working a second job is an honorable way to make ends meet, although admittedly difficult for single parents, workers with physically exhausting jobs, and employees whose shifts change from week to week — like many McDonald’s workers.

The best option is probably Door No. 3, doing everything possible to get into a better-paying position, through additional education and/or advancement within a company. Again, easier said than done, especially in this economy.

The sad truth is that wealth in this country is unfairly concentrated in the hands of a few movers and shakers, the much-ballyhooed 1 percent, who take home 24 percent of the nation’s income. Compare that to 1976, when the top 1 percent made only 9 percent of the country’s income, and it’s apparent that this seesawing of available money is depleting the middle class, with more of us falling into poverty each year.

How can a man like Donald Thompson feel no guilt for making $8.75 million annually while so many of his employees rely on subsidies financed by U.S. taxpayers to make ends meet? Because he looked after his employees with a facile budgetary guide that advises them to carpool and use public transportation instead of driving solo?

I don’t mean to pick on McDonald’s here. Its situation is hardly unique. Across America, a small cadre of the super rich hold the rest of us hostage. And whenever somebody even suggests the redistribution of wealth, the GOP starts waving copies of “Atlas Shrugged” and screaming “socialism,” before trotting out some chart-wielding PR maven who will explain that, exorbitant as CEO salaries may appear, lowering them won’t really fix the problem, and anyway, who would want all an exec’s responsibility for a piddling $350,000 a year? Don’tcha know these guys are busy creating jobs?

How nice it would be if the mega-rich would limit themselves to salaries that were merely, oh, 20-30 times greater than that of their average employee’s salary, instead of the ridiculous 380-times-bigger paychecks that many take home. But that’s as laughable as believing that the NSA isn’t really spying on Americans.

So I cheer on fast-food workers in their quixotic quest to increase wages. Even though they’re barking up the wrong tree, I can’t really think of a better one. The people in all the gated tree houses, after all, are too high up to even hear them.

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Originally published Aug. 8, 2013, in The Alliance Review.

Commentary & Family life 02 Aug 2013 09:43 am

Why this column is different

In the past, I’ve written this column on legal pads, iPads, and once on a smartphone, tapping out my deathless — my wife says “deathly” — prose with both thumbs.

I don’t share this information with readers because, really, what’s more boring than going behind the scenes with a writer? It’s not like the “making of” features on Blu-rays and DVDs where viewers learn cool secrets about special effects and costume malfunctions.

No, in the words of Gene Fowler, “Writing is easy. You only need to stare at a blank piece of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” My technique is pretty much the same, except I don’t use paper and I try to finish before blood appears. I just sit down and do it.

But that’s what makes this week’s method so unique: I’m not sitting down, I’m standing up! (And there goes the one exclamation point I allow myself every six months. If the world ends before Feb. 1, I will have to type “World Ends.” with a period. Watch me.)

Anyway, I’m standing up while writing because of an article in the August issue of Runner’s World called “Is Sitting the New Smoking?,” a title that pretty well sums up what it’s about.

I like when an article’s title tells you everything you need to know because it means I can talk intelligently about the piece without having to read it.

Like the guy who wrote “Love in the Time of Cholera.” That title’s a godsend. When people ask what the book is about, you can just look at them real seriously and say, “It’s about this couple that falls in love, you know, in a time of cholera.”

If you’re talking to some smarty-pants, they might want to know what cholera is or what time it was that cholera was around for people to fall in love to. In which case you can tell them that you don’t want to ruin their enjoyment of the book, which again saves you from reading it.

I wish I were smart enough to take my own advice. By the time I realized that “Love in the Time of Cholera” was about exactly that, I had already read the book. All 348 pages of it. In teeny, tiny print, like the publisher knew that the market would support only such-and-such a price point for romantic novels about cholera, and that price point was exceeded at 349 pages.

In the book, a doctor dies when he falls off a ladder while trying to catch his parrot. That’s in the first chapter. I should have stopped there because of how stupid that is. Everybody knows you stand on ottomans to catch stray parrots.

But I soldiered on. This dead doctor’s wife has a former boyfriend who has been pining away for her for, like, 50 years. Actually, it’s 51 years, nine months and four days. He counts. While he’s counting, though, he also has lots of affairs, kind of like Anthony Weiner, except this is before the invention of sexting so he has to do it the old-fashioned way. (Note to guys: Women don’t want steamy photos of your junk. Really.)

He — the character, not Weiner, although come to think of it, maybe Weiner, too — has hundreds of liaisons in dozens of places with women of every conceivable age, size and shape, all to forget about this former girlfriend who’s now married to a doctor who dies chasing a bird.

By this time, you’re probably asking, “Where the heck is the cholera?” and my answer is, “I don’t want to ruin your enjoyment of the book.”

But back to the Runner’s World article. Apparently, sitting increases our chances of disease and death. Research says that if you factor out regularly scheduled exercise sessions, active people and couch potatoes sit about the same amount of time — 64 hours a week.

That’s a bummer to people like me, who like to run or at least like to pretend they like to run. When I come home from a long run and collapse on the couch and don’t move for 51 hours, nine minutes and four seconds, I’m not really doing myself any favors, am I?

So now I’m experimenting with eating standing up, but only at breakfast because I’m the only person in my family who eats that meal. When I tried to eat dinner standing up, I ended up with spaghetti all down my shirt because I forgot that I had to hold the plate and not leave it all the way down there on the table. Plus, everybody else who was sitting around the table was at eye level with my crotch. Just like Anthony Weiner’s lady friends.

You’re probably waiting for some eloquent statement that will tie together cholera, Weiner and the dangers of premature death from sitting.

If you are, forget it, because I’ve been typing for what feels like 51 years, nine months and four days and my feet are killing me and that’s not sweat on my forehead, it’s blood.

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Originally published on Aug. 1, 2013 in The Alliance Review.