31 mai 2009

Lucidité américaine (VI) Économie En Citations États-Unis Philosophie

Davy Crockett

Davy Crockett (explorateur, politicien, révolutionnaire & héros populaire américain) a déjà eu à voter pour un projet de loi visant à donner une pension à la veuve d’un soldat. En sa qualité de congressman, voici le discours qu’il a livré devant la législature du Tennessee quand ce projet de loi a été soumis au vote:

« We have the right as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money. I am the poorest man on this floor. I cannot vote for this bill, but I will give one week’s pay to the object, and if every member of Congress will do the same, it will amount to more than the bill asks. »

31 mai 2009

English mania Chine Économie En Vidéos Mondialisation

Un petit vidéo que Pauline Marois (et les autres nationalistes du PQ) auraient intérêt à écouter…

"Like the harnessing of electricity in our cities, or the fall of the Berlin Wall, English represents hope for a better future. A future where the world has a common language to solve its common problems."

P.-S. Beaucoup de gens ont dit que l'émergence de la Chine allait rendre la maîtrise du mandarin essentielle. Il semble que ces gens devront revoir leur pronostic.

31 mai 2009

Réforme scolaire États-Unis Philosophie Revue de presse

Los Angeles Times

Spitting in the eye of mainstream education
Los Angeles Times

Three no-frills charter schools in Oakland mock liberal orthodoxy, teach strictly to the test — and produce some of the state’s top scores. Not many schools in California recruit teachers with language like this: « We are looking for hard working people who believe in free market capitalism. Multi-cultural specialists, ultra liberal zealots, and college-tainted oppression liberators need not apply. »

School administrators take pride in their record of frequently firing teachers they consider to be underperforming. Students, almost all poor, wear uniforms and are subject to disciplinary procedures redolent of military school. One local school district official was horrified to learn that a girl was forced to clean the boys’ restroom as punishment.

It would be easy to dismiss American Indian as one of the nuttier offshoots of the fast-growing charter school movement, which allows schools to receive public funding but operate outside of day-to-day district oversight. But the schools command attention for one very simple reason: By standard measures, they are among the very best in California.

So what are they doing? The short answer is that American Indian attracts academically motivated students, relentlessly (and unapologetically) teaches to the test, wrings more seat time out of every school day, hires smart young teachers, demands near-perfect attendance, piles on the homework, refuses to promote struggling students to the next grade, and keeps discipline so tight that there are no distractions or disruptions. Summer school is required.