If Cornell West is unhappy with the removal of western thinkers from the college curriculum, then perhaps we should reconsider cancelling Homer and Socrates.
Even as students in the mostly white suburbs in New Jersey return to the classroom, some of our smaller cities, which serve a more diverse population, have not. 400-450 teachers and administrators in Jersey City declined to return to the classroom, so Jersey City schools will remain closed until September.
Biden’s definition of Infrastructure spending includes spending on the childcare system and our community colleges. That works for me. Randi Weingarten, the president of the UFT, has been promoting childcare spending, because she wants to de-couple education from childcare. Women left the workforce last year, she said, because of childcare issues [and has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that schools closed, and women had to homeschool their kids.]
It always bugs me how elite colleges and K-12 schools get so much attention from the press, while the majority of Americans study are educated elsewhere. Reporters love to write about themselves. With that said, there’s been a ton of response to the teaching of critical race theory at private schools. Bari Weiss’s newsletter started the conversation with two posts by parents at Brearley and Grace Church. I think parents and students are mostly ignoring these discussions at their schools. They regard these mandatory classes as mostly a performance, like anti-bullying lessons, which are temporary and not serious.
Louis Menand says that literary criticism is in trouble – students aren’t interested in taking those classes, and there are no jobs for PhDs. “But if we don’t adapt, we will wither away.” He thought that maybe all those students could get jobs writing online articles. hahahahah. Still, his new book – The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War – looks interesting.
“Mr. Fleming knows that he sees the world differently from other people. As he explains in his new book, “How to Be Human: An Autistic Man’s Guide to Life,” which will be published by Simon & Schuster on April 20, he often feels like he is on his own small island, visible from the neurotypical mainland but without a bridge.” Ian suffers from the same problems with small talk and translating the pictures in his head into words. I’ll read this book.
Can Prince Harry and Prince William really reconcile without an apology from Meghan?
Picture: The George Washington Bridge. From last weekend’s biking trip through Manhattan.