Trouble in California teacher training system

November 25, 2006

Scandal in education?  Perhaps not so directly — certainly my education-issue alarm bells didn’t go off when I first heard of the controversy about pay and spending in the California State University system (see San Francisco Chronicle story here).

Matthew Davidson, a philosopher at Cal State San Bernardino, makes exactly that claim, however, in a letter to Brian Leiter.  CSU trains about half the teachers in California.  If that system is broken, it will indeed have national ripples.

A different view of Chile and Milton Friedman

November 25, 2006

Especially the last couple of paragraphs may give you a sobering double-take on what has been going on in the U.S. economically and politically — go read this commentary in the on-line Counterpunch. Author Greg Grandin has a different view of Friedman’s role in Chile’s economics than you will read almost anywhere else.

It especially contrasts with the view in Daniel Yergin’s television production, Commanding Heights (go to the site, click on Friedman’s name, go for the video on “Chicago Boys and Pinochet”).

Tip of the old scrub brush to Leiter Reports.

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