Though sidetracked temporarily by the epic snowfall in the DC area, I have continued the running training program. I even dragged myself out of bed to run on Thursday before work. Week 3, day 2 tomorrow.
Two bits of commercial-related commentary:
1. Mazda is advertising some sort of car as "wicked fun." Go New England slang!
2. TLC is advertising a show called "Four Weddings," which looks awful from the perspective of women picking at each other and also in supporting the wedding-industrial complex. Outside of that, the title of the show just makes me want to add "and a Funeral" every time it gets repeated.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Article in the NYT about the politics of the social studies topic review in Texas. Why I hate this: Texas put out a set of standards for the entire state on a given subject. Those standards are then used for a state list of acceptable textbooks. All school districts in the state must choose from the list. Texas and California are the largest states which do this. Textbook publishers want to be on their list, so that they get bought in these large school districts. Textbook publishers tailor their books so that they get on the Texas and California lists. Practically every school district in the country, therefore, uses books that are published for the benefit of Texas and California, and they drive the entire nation's curriculum.