Diane Ravitch on The Daily Show.
Ravitch is the queen. If only the government would listen…
We would also address poverty directly. We would increase the minimum wage and make post-secondary education cheap or free, and we’d improve improve unemployment benefits and offer free job-training to the unemployed.
Poverty is one of the few social ills where throwing money at the problem really does seem to work.
These are not radical, liberal ideas. In fact, in Europe most of them are associated with the more conservative parties, and many of them were associated with the American Republican party in the 80s. But the United States’s political climate is so different from anywhere else in the industrialized world that I fear we will just continue to get farther behind in education (and in % of people living in poverty) until we decide to make some big domestic investments.
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“The most important thing in my life is my relationship with God.”
“How long have you had that relationship?”
“What happened then?”
“I drowned. I was born with epilepsy. One day I was swimming in a pond, and I had a seizure. There was also a sinkhole in the pond. From what they said, I was under water for 20 minutes. My friends knocked on people’s doors and one guy came to get me out. He looked for me for a while because the water was so murky. He found me on the fifth try. But during the whole time, I had an out-of-body experience. I remember everything. When I first went down, I knew I was dying. I asked God, ‘God, please don’t let me die like this.’ Next thing I knew, it was pitch-dark. And then there was a person with me under water. I couldn’t talk to him, but he told me I would be okay, and he showed me my mom by my hospital bed. That was the first thing I saw when I woke up later.”
“Do you still have seizures?”
“No, that was the end of it. I never had another seizure again.”
"I tend to be cynical about a lot of things, but Maya Angelou is somebody that no matter how much I pick her apart, she still has integrity. She was a victim of incest and rape, and she worked as a stripper. And now she’s a literary icon and Nobel Laureate. It goes to show that life is cumulative, and you can’t devalue any type of experience."
“My father is from the Philippines, and my mother is Native American. I was a Catholic monk in Mexico, I lived in Morocco, and I’ve been going to Paris every year since the 1970s.”
“I thought you might be a Buddhist monk.”
“Well, Dalai Lama is one of my favorite people. And so is Mahatma Gandhi. I also believe in Islam, and in social consciousness.
There is only one God. We just see God differently. We imagine God in different ways. People have made a mess out of religion and given it a bad name. When you look at the core of the actual teachings, they are very similar. The Ten Commandments, the Five Paths in Buddhism, the Pillars of Islam—they all constitute an ethical way of living.
You can also live ethically without religion. While traveling, I’ve met many people who didn’t believe in any religion, and they were so very nice; they were beautiful people. On the other hand, I’ve met people who claim to follow this or that, and when you talk to them you see that there is a lot of hatred in them. They don’t like this; they don’t like that. They don’t like these people; they don’t like those people.”
David Wojnarowicz wore this jacket in 1988, just 4 years before he’d ultimately die from AIDS. Sadly, just a few years ago some of his artistic work was censored at the Smithsonian. People in power are still content to try and erase his history and the continued struggles of people with AIDS
everyone everywhere please please please reblog this important artist.
“Never give up on your dream.”
“Were you able to achieve your dream, or are you still working towards it?”
“Well, I’m already blind. I started going blind 20 years ago. Thankfully, I already achieved my dream.”
“Could you tell me a little more?”
“I grew up in a family that didn’t have much money. I went to a very good college—an Ivy League school—and then I went to law school.”
“How were you able to afford that?”
“I was always driven. From the time I was 11, I worked and I saved. When I was about 14, my grandfather told me that for every dollar I saved he would double it. He was a wonderful man, really wonderful. He was from Poland.”
“I just photographed someone whose Polish grandmother had been saving for his education his entire life. Is this a Polish trait, or are all grandparents that caring?”
“Oh, I think it’s automatic. My daughter gave me a grandson a year and a half ago. I’m crazy about my daughter, but a grandchild is different. There’s an automatic release of great love. Personally, I’ve always loved children. I babysat a lot. Having a grandchild is very, very special to me.”
“You were telling me about your dream.”
“Yes. In law school I was on the law review, which is the top 10% of the class. Then I had 4 different jobs and I did well each time. At my last job, I was based in Boston, but I spent more than a third of my time flying back and forth to New York City. It was a very exciting practice.”
“When you started going blind, did you wish you could work longer?”
“I wanted to work a lot longer, but I would read a sentence and I couldn’t find the next sentence. Now, I can barely see your height, but you’re a blur.”
“I didn’t know if you could see anything at all.”
“Most people think if you’ve got a cane, you’re totally blind. It’s not always the case. In fact, about 85% of people who’re using a cane are not totally blind. I didn’t know that until I had this disease. Also, they say that other body senses become more acute. I went to a school that teaches the blind and they said that’s not true. But I don’t believe them. Your hearing may not get better, but you spend more time on what you hear. Using a cane helps you if you’re going downstairs, if you’re going onto a street. It also helps in a crowd like this; people move out of you way.
Yes, I’ve learned a lot of things since I started having this. One of the nicest things is that people young and old are quick to ask if you need help. It’s particularly gratifying when it’s somebody young. Yesterday I got badly lost in Downtown Boston. I bumped into a young man and he said, ‘Are you lost?’ ‘Yes, I am.’ ‘Where do you need to go? I’ll walk you there.’ And he did. There are a lot of great people in the world.”
"Because, as the year 2014 inches closer to us, I want to live in an America where a fashion model can be a handsome, bearded brown dude in a turban who is considered as beautiful as a busty blonde-haired white girl in see-through lingerie."
Happy holidays, y’all.