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Against School*

John Taylor Gatto**
How public education cripples our kids, and why

I taught for thirty years in some of the worst schools in Manhattan, and in some of the best, and during that time I became an expert in boredom. Boredom was everywhere in my world, and if you asked the kids, as I often did, why they felt so bored, they always gave the same answers: They said the work was stupid, that it made no sense, that they already knew it. They said they wanted to be doing something real, not just sitting around. They said teachers didn’t seem to know much about their subjects and clearly weren’t interested in learning more. And the kids were right: their teachers were every bit as bored as they were.

Boredom is the common condition of schoolteachers, and anyone who has spent time in a teachers’ lounge can vouch for the low energy, the whining, the dispirited attitudes, to be found there. When asked why they feel bored, the teachers tend to blame the kids, as you might expect. Who wouldn’t get bored teaching students who are rude and interested only in grades? If even that. Of course, teachers are themselves products of the same twelve-year compulsory school programs that so thoroughly bore their students, and as school personnel they are trapped inside structures even more rigid than those imposed upon the children. Who, then, is to blame?

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WHAT IS ETHICS?                                                                (1)

Ethics aims to answer one big question.

How should I live?

Ethical beliefs shape the way we live – what we do, what we make and the world we create through our choices. Ethical questions explore what Aristotle called ‘a life well-lived’.

Ethics isn’t just an exercise for philosophers or intellectuals. It is at the core of everyday life.

We ask ethical questions whenever we think about how we should act. Being ethical is a part of what defines us as human beings. We are rational, thinking, choosing creatures. We all have the capacity to make conscious choices – although we often act out of habit or in line with the views of the crowd. We could all make conscious and conscientious ethical choices if we wanted to.

We ask ethical questions whenever we think about how we should act. Being ethical is a part of what defines us as human beings.

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Main St.

Posted April 04, 2013

Business Ethics 101 in 2013


Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — In decades past, bad business ethics might have been defined as stealing a stapler from the office, taking a nap at your desk after lunch or, for executives, skimming off the top.

And though business ethics today involve the same examination of moral and social responsibility, what has changed is the introduction of the many ethical breaches connected with new technology and how ethics are recognized and handled in the workplace.

Diane Swanson, chair of the business ethics education initiative at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., says business ethics, as an industry, has been an evolutionary process. While there were ethical practices before, the business ethics

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Huntington Hospital Values Profits Over People

06/20/2016 09:01 pm ET | Updated Jun 20, 2016
  • Peter Dreier E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, Occidental College


Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, Calif., has been in the news twice in the past two weeks. But the stories weren’t about one of its doctors discovering a cure or inventing a new life-saving procedure. They were about 11 tragic deaths that occurred at the hospital and about the hospital’s costly and illegal union-busting campaign that forced Huntington into signing a settlement agreement with the California Nurses Association.

This is what happens when a hospital puts profits over people — its patients as well as its employees. It is emblematic of a larger problem — the corporatization of health care.

The 625-bed facility made headlines when it reluctantly admitted that 11 Huntington patients had died between January 2013 and August 2015 after being infected by dangerous bacteria from medical scopes. Another five patients were infected but are still alive. The hospital acknowledged the deaths only after the Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) was about to release a report about the outbreak of multi-drug-resistant (MDR) pseudomonas aeruginosa linked to procedures (called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) performed with scopes made by the Olympus Corporation.

The city agency’s investigation, which began last August with an unannounced site visit and continued with cooperation from hospital staff, blamed both the design of the scope and the hospital for lapses in infection control. For example, according to the report, the hospital used canned compressed air from Office Depot to dry the scopes — which is not recommended by the manufacturer or by nationally recognized cleaning guidelines. The PPHD report triggered stories in the Los Angeles Timesheadlined “11 deaths at Huntington Hospital among patients infected by dirty scopes, city report says” and “Pasadena hospital broke the law by not reporting outbreak, health officials say.”

Initially, Huntington only notified patients who had been treated with the scope between January and August 2015 about the possibility of infections. The PPHD, after it began its investigation, insisted that Huntington notify all patients who had been treated with the scopes since January 2013. The PPHD had to ask Huntington twice to


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Casual dating has millennials confused: “Hanging out” and “hooking up” make it difficult for millennials to know if they’re dating.

By Libby Ryan, Star Tribune

February 14, 2015 — 9:05am Katie Bolin started seeing her boyfriend in December of 2013. But when February rolled around, he didn’t want to make plans for the 14th. “I’ve never been that big on Valentine’s Day, so I had plans with friends,” Bolin said. “But then on Valentine’s Day, he was texting me saying he felt bad” they wouldn’t be together. The two had met through mutual friends and began keeping in touch on Twitter, but they weren’t dating. For months, they were just “hanging out.” “Hanging out is like the pre ‘we’re dating,’ ” Bolin said. “Putting the word ‘date’ on it is stressful — a hang-out is so much less pressure.” For many millennials, traditional dating (drinks, dinner and a movie) is nonexistent. In its place, young people hang out or say they are “just talking.” So when store windows fill with hearts and chocolates and red roses, young couples feel pressure to define their ambiguous relationships. That’s not easy, in part because traditional dating has changed dramatically — and so has the way young people talk about relationships. Twenty-year-old Kassidy McMann said she’s gone out with a few guys, but it wasn’t as serious as dating. “We just called it hanging out,” she said. According to McMann, the widespread fear of rejection among millennials has drawn them to the more casual hang-outs because “they don’t want to have to go through breakups or get hurt.” Kathleen Hull has a more scientific explanation. Hull, a University of Minnesota associate professor of sociology, said that an extended adolescence has altered the dating scene.
The “traditional markers of adulthood” — marriage, children and home ownership — now occur later in life than, say, in the 1950s, when going steady in high school often led to marriage. Now, “there’s this long period between going through puberty and getting married that would be a long time to be dating,” she said. “It’s a longer period of transition to adulthood.” Focus on school Twenty-somethings who don’t go to college tend to enter into the adult world more quickly, said Hull. But most college-educated millennials say they have no plans to settle down in the near future. “The actual meaning of dating, at least for college students, has changed,” said Hull. “The practice of dating in the traditional sense has nearly vanished from college campuses.” Karl Trittin agrees. “Most students don’t have time to get into real relationships,” said the freshman, who’s studying economics at the University of Minnesota. “It’s like taking another class.” When young people do get together, “it’s like dating back in the ’90s, like you see on TV shows,” said Cory Ecks, a University of Minnesota marketing senior. “It isn’t necessarily exclusive. It’s casual.” College students often choose to be single while pursuing degrees, as do recent grads who are trying to launch careers. Instead of seriously dating, they dabble in various kinds of casual ….


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