The Blowtorch: How Michelle Rhee Misled Education Reform by Nicholas Lemann
Illustration by Randy Ortiz
If you are reading this in the United States or Canada, whose land are you on, dear reader? What are the specific names of the Native nation(s) who have historical claim to the territory on which you currently read this article? What are their histories before European invasion? What are their historical and present acts of resistance to colonial occupation? If you are like most people in the United States and Canada, you cannot answer these questions. And this disturbs me.
A kid was walking around school wearing this today and didn’t receive a single comment from administration.
Meanwhile, I was pulled over twice by them to mention how “incredibly short” my bottoms were.
Last time I checked, my shorts don’t reference blowjobs.
Quit sexualizing things that aren’t meant to be suggestive.
President Obama is the “best” conservative president we’ve had since Bill Clinton.
On May 15, Palestinians around the world will commemorate the 65th anniversary of what they call the Nakba (Arabic for “catastrophe”), when the majority of the Arab population of historic Palestine were expelled from their homes and land in what became the state of Israel in 1948.
When everything is rendered instantly accessible via Google and iTunes, the entirety of culture becomes a single layer deep. The journey disappears, and all knowledge is brought into the present tense. In the short forever, there is no time to prepare and anticipate. No wonder people hang on to the musical styles and fashions of their youth. Finding them took a kind of time—a particular windup—that is unavailable to cultural explorers today.
When the storytelling in a culture goes bad the result is decadence.