Day: January 8, 2023
Austerity vs Ideology
Our lecturers didn’t show a picture of Muhammad but they all still lost their jobs anyway. The story of austerity and how it’s destroying higher education is being hidden behind these manufactured scandals.
Klara has a reading competition at her school. Kids read books from a list and do quizzes on them. Each book is worth between 0.5 and 3 points depending on the length and complexity. The class that reveives 250 points total gets an ice-cream party.
Yesterday I went to the library and brought 11 books for Klara. I left them in her room but this morning I found the whole pile in my study.
“You don’t want to read them?” I asked. “Should I look for different ones?”
“No,” she said. “I already read them. “I’m ready for the quiz.”
We did the quizzes, and she scored 100%.
I’m off to the library for more books. The challenge is supposed to last until June but I have a feeling she’ll earn ice-cream parties for all classrooms well before that.
I thought no text could be more superficial, cliched, and predictable than an interview with Meghan Markle.
Nobody, I thought, could be as smug in their absolute ignorance than Meghan.
And then I started reading The Poisonwood Bible.