Tzimmes and borscht.


OK. Let’s review. Tzimmes and borscht? The closest translation to this Yiddish expression is, “apples and oranges.” Try your rhetorical skills on my mom, and she’d shoot back, “Well, that’s mixing tzimmes and borscht.” No arguments here. Just a mish mosh (also a Yiddish expression) of items.

Bracey remembers 50 years ago, today.

Gerald Bracey’s article in the Huffington Post recalls how the Soviet launching of Sputnik 50 years ago today was used as propaganda in the effort to make school purposes serve more closely America’s global aims. Sound familiar?

President Eisenhower was pleased. He wanted a system of spy satellites to monitor soviet military activity and forewarn of a surprise attack. But overflights of a sovereign nation were forbidden and no precedent existed that declared deep space to be international. Sputnik established that precedent. “We were certain,” Eisenhower wrote later, “that we could get a great deal more information of all kinds out of the free use of space than they could.”

Not everyone was happy. Comparisons to Pearl Harbor abounded. “Soon they’ll be dropping bombs on us the way school boys drop rocks from freeway overpasses” said Senate Majority Leader, Lyndon Johnson. “Control of the very heavens was at stake” was the way writer Tom Wolfe put it.

I’m voting. I’m voting. But they don’t make it easy.

While the AFT gave Hillary their endorsement, DFER’s Joe Williams admits he’s giving bucks to Obama. Eeeesh.

I forgot to disclose that my wife and I both maxed out to Obama for the primary, for personal reasons.

He forgot for personal reasons? Or he maxed out to Obama for personal reasons? Which do you suppose?

More on school internet censorship filtering.

Shake your head in dismay at this latest posting from Moving at the Speed of Creativity. Wesley Fryer shows, and you can see, what shows up on his screen as he is giving a workshop in a school district.

In a purely analog world, censorship like this could be more visible. A book burning event was held in a public square, I think, to draw attention to the fact that the authorities not only philosophically opposed but physically opposed the reading of certain “banned works.”

In a digital world, censorship and content filtering like this is not as visible as a book burning event in the public square. The chilling effects of digital censorship on the sharing and communication of ideas can be just as severe, however.

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