Sunday posts, pics and tweets.

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In 1974 I was part of the union reform movement within the United Steelworkers. Here I am, protesting the no-strike agreement between the union and the steel companies, from a scene in the 1975 Kartemquin film, Where’s I.W. Abel?

“Made by Kartemquin and a rank-and-file steel workers caucus, the film documents the opposition of the rank-and-file to the no-strike agreement between Steelworkers President I.W. Abel and the ten major steel companies, made without a vote by the membership of the union. Featuring Staughton Lynd.”

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Kartemquin has made the film available this week for free download.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s choice of Chief of Police Eddie Johnson is currently chief of patrol. The Mayor’s selection of Johnson, 27 years in the CPD, is a concern to many activists and those involved in defense of civil liberties.

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A couple of weeks ago, a colleague told me that she’d heard from a teacher in one of the California school districts adopting the new character test. The teacher was unsettled that questionnaires her students filled out about their grit and growth mind-set would contribute to an evaluation of her school’s quality. I felt queasy. This was not at all my intent, and this is not at all a good idea.

Does character matter, and can character be developed? Science and experience unequivocally say yes. Can the practice of giving feedback to students on character be improved? Absolutely. Can scientists and educators work together to cultivate students’ character? Without question.

Should we turn measures of character intended for research and self-discovery into high-stakes metrics for accountability? In my view, no. Angela Duckworth

2 thoughts on “Sunday posts, pics and tweets.

  1. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s choice of Chief of Police is Eddie Johnson is currently chief of patrol. The Mayor’s selection of Johnson, 27 years in the CPD, is a concern to many activists and those involved in defense of civil liberties.

    A Black man (or, perhaps to be more “politically correct”? a “Man of Color” – or even a “Person of Color”?); a 27-year Member of the Force (and, presumably, much of it as a rank-and-file Union Member). But you have “a concern”. Fred, is there ANY pick (other than yourself, of course) that would please you?

    Didn’t think so.

  2. F**k Angela Duckworth and the horse she rode in on. The writing has been on the wall for testing “grit” for at least five years now, but she hasn’t made a peep, content to profit handsomely ever since Paul Tough made her famous. *Now* she’s going to speak up? I guess I could grudgingly say better late than never, but really. She’s going to have to do Diane Ravitch level work to reverse her own damage if she ever wants credibility.

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