Some links I’ve visited over the past week that might be of interest to readers of this blog, And if not to you, to me.
Cultivating Failure: Caitlin Flanagan in The Atlantic. A pointed criticism of California’s gardening-in-school program, with valuable lessons in what is (or rather, should be) fundamentally important in education.
- If this patronizing agenda were promulgated in the Jim Crow South by a white man who was espousing a sharecropping curriculum for African American students, we would see it for what it is: a way of bestowing field work and low expectations on a giant population of students who might become troublesome if they actually got an education.
Internet Censorship with Jeremy Goldkorn: Podcast interview with Jeremy Goldcorn, founder of Danwei.org, perhaps the most popular media blog in China. Danwei was blocked by China’s Great Firewall (GFW) on July 3, 2009. The interview was conducted by Josh Gartner, AmCham China’s Director of Policy Communications.
The Fifty Cents Party Training Manual: From ChinaGeeks, a satirical guide for prospective Fifty Cents Party members on the many methods they can use to respond to the comment, “This chicken egg tastes disgusting.” A listing of get-rich wu mao responses for every situation.
Favorite Tweets of the week:
@AdamMinter: Curiously few Chinese tourists in Rio for Carnaval. Only ones I saw were wearing surgical masks. Rest of Rio: wearing thongs.
@bokane: Last year I had to pretend I was a Uyghur to get in to my girlfriend’s family’s army compound; this year they let me in as a foreigner.
The dumbest, failed word cobble I read this week: Unputdownable - seen in the January 18, 2010 issue of The New Yorker, page 5, in a book review advert. Attibuted to Lev Grossman, Time. (And no, I won’t tell you the book. I have a strict policy of never revealing the title of a book that is unputdownable. That’s just the way I am.)