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‘Poor people don’t plan long-term. We’ll just get our hearts broken’

‘Poor people don’t plan long-term. We’ll just get our hearts broken’
In the autumn of 2013 I was in my first term of school in a decade. I had two jobs; my husband, Tom, was working full-time; and we were raising our two small girls. It was the first time in years that we felt like maybe things were looking like they’d be OK for a while. After a gruelling shift at work, I was unwinding online when I saw a question from someone on a forum I frequented: Why do poor people do things that seem so self-destructive? Why I make terrible decisions, or, poverty thoughts There’s no way to structure this coherently. Rest is a luxury for the rich. Those nights I’m in bed by midnight, but if I go to bed too early I won’t be able to stay up the other nights because I’ll fuck my pattern up, and I drive an hour home from Job 2 so I can’t afford to be sleepy. When I was pregnant the first time, I was living in a weekly motel for some time. I know how to cook. We have learned not to try too hard to be middle class. We have very few of them. Convenience food is just that. Related:  To readMisc Politics/SJ

Being a Better Online Reader Soon after Maryanne Wolf published “Proust and the Squid,” a history of the science and the development of the reading brain from antiquity to the twenty-first century, she began to receive letters from readers. Hundreds of them. While the backgrounds of the writers varied, a theme began to emerge: the more reading moved online, the less students seemed to understand. There were the architects who wrote to her about students who relied so heavily on ready digital information that they were unprepared to address basic problems onsite. There were the neurosurgeons who worried about the “cut-and-paste chart mentality” that their students exhibited, missing crucial details because they failed to delve deeply enough into any one case. And there were, of course, the English teachers who lamented that no one wanted to read Henry James anymore. Certainly, as we turn to online reading, the physiology of the reading process itself shifts; we don’t read the same way online as we do on paper.

Partir de rien Alors que nos grands-parents ne savent pas très bien ce qu’est un ordinateur, nos petiots sont nés avec un IPad collé à leurs menottes. Et ça nous fait peur ! Le fossé se creuse entre l’utilisation de l'informatique et la compréhension de son fonctionnement. Ceci dit, les débats sur la programmation à l’école sont nombreux. Scratch Jr. est une nouvelle application IPad gratuite, créée et lancée cet été par une équipe du MIT, pour apprendre aux enfants à coder. Scratch Jr. est dans la même veine, mais cible un public encore plus jeune. L’idée première est donc de structurer la pensée, d’apprendre à résoudre des problèmes, de concevoir des projets. Grâce à Scratch Jr., les enfants peuvent tâtonner, bricoler, expérimenter avec leur IPad.

.facebook 1411337982576 Please don’t tell me what I should think about Israel | Hadley Freeman What a strange, Alice-through-the-looking-glass time it is to be a liberal American Jew in Britain. When I was growing up in New York, it was a given that one supported Israel. Israel, like America, was a country made from desperate immigrants. It was where my great-grandmother lived after seeing two of her sons go to the concentration camps, and where the memorial for my great-uncle Jakob, who was murdered in Auschwitz, was erected. Israel was the Holocaust’s happy ending, and you only have to look at Hollywood to know how much America loves simple happy endings. America’s devoted support for Israel is well known, and increasingly is regarded by Europe with the same kind of disgusted bafflement with which it views the US relationship with guns. So that’s America. But more complex issues were to come. Clearly, a film festival being cancelled is not on a par with civilian deaths. Jon Henley wrote beautifully in the Guardian on Friday about the rise in antisemitic attacks in Europe.

« Sur Internet, on est tous pirates, et ça c’est bien Quand j'étais chargé de sensibiliser les étudiants d', le Master 2 Professionnel spécialité « droit des nouvelles technologies et société de l’information » de l’Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (Paris X), qui "vise à former des spécialistes sur les questions juridiques posées par les nouvelles technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC)", je prenais un malin plaisir à commencer mes cours en leur demandant : « Qui n'a jamais "piraté" un logiciel, film, série ou fichier .mp3 -sans le payer ? » Et personne ne levait le doigt -à l'exception (notable) du gendarme commis d'office-, ce qui me permettait de leur lancer un "Bienvenue sur Internet ! Pirater, le nouvel opus de la revue Tracés de recherche en sciences humaines et sociales, a publié ladite interview... mais en accès payant. « Sur Internet, on est tous pirates, et ça c’est bien » Francesca Musiani : Partons de la plus stricte actualité. En matière d’éducation, on peut commencer par un exemple.

Kentucky State University interim president Raymond Burse says taking pay cut was a message FRANKFORT, Ky. – Raymond Burse, the interim president of Kentucky State University who cut his own salary this summer to help out low-wage employees, sat in his office on Tuesday holding a red shoe. The leather footwear — which had arrived from Des Moines, Iowa — was inscribed with words of praise from two fans who wished to "click their ruby red slippers together" and travel to KSU to celebrate his generosity. "Someone actually mailed me a shoe," Burse said. "I had no idea that doing something that I considered very small ... would drive as much interest as it has." Indeed, since Burse announced plans in July to slash his pay by $90,000 and distribute the money to 24 campus workers who earn less than $10.25 per hour, he has received attention in the national media and emails of thanks from as far away as France, Germany and Japan. "I'm not a caretaker," he said. PAST COVERAGE: Burse returning to lead Kentucky State University HIGHER ED: Ky. university funds could be tied to academics

I Don’t Want to Be Right Last month, Brendan Nyhan, a professor of political science at Dartmouth, published the results of a study that he and a team of pediatricians and political scientists had been working on for three years. They had followed a group of almost two thousand parents, all of whom had at least one child under the age of seventeen, to test a simple relationship: Could various pro-vaccination campaigns change parental attitudes toward vaccines? Each household received one of four messages: a leaflet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stating that there had been no evidence linking the measles, mumps, and rubella (M.M.R.) vaccine and autism; a leaflet from the Vaccine Information Statement on the dangers of the diseases that the M.M.R. vaccine prevents; photographs of children who had suffered from the diseases; and a dramatic story from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about an infant who almost died of measles. The result was dramatic: a whole lot of nothing.

Viper flight simulator (a la Battlestar Galactica) finished Here’s a story about some guys who set out to build a flight simulator for the Viper from Battlestar Galactica. The goal is to bring a grand project to the Maker Faire. This is a recurring challenge for the group, which has participated over the last several years. But this year they decided to go big and mounted a successful Kickstarter campaign to help with the cost. The best place to get the build details is their progress updates page. via [Gizmodo] U.S. To Pay Navajo Nation $554 Million In Largest Tribal Settlement In History