View from Twenty-Two

I would always rather be happy than dignified.

The conversation above started when my former co-worker posted about the additional budget cuts going into effect for the 2014-2015 school year. What followed is an awesome articulation of everything that is frustrating about how some non-educators misunderstand the issues around school funding. I’m grateful to both of my co-workers (in the yellow and purple), who did a better job explaining the problem than I’ve ever been able to. 

This Guest Made Jon Stewart's Jaw Drop

Everyone should watch this. This young woman is extraordinary. 

Jon Stewart's Rockin' Shutdown Eve

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Ugh indeed.

One word has never said so much.

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Ugh indeed.

One word has never said so much.

(Source: twitter.com)

“Education is the silver bullet. Education is everything. We don’t need little changes, we need gigantic, monumental changes. Schools should be palaces. The competition for the best teachers should be fierce. They should be making six-figure salaries. Schools should be incredibly expensive for government and absolutely free of charge to its citizens, just like national defense. That’s my position. I just haven’t figured out how to do it yet.”

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Sam Seaborn in The West Wing.

Preach, son. I will never get tired of watching this show.

BuzzFeed: Cory Booker Wrestled with His Own Homophobia

Yet another reason Cory Booker is the fucking man. 

Is there a repost to infinity button for this picture?

Rolling Stone: Obama and the Road Ahead

Favorite part (of many):

"I’ve got a different theory. I believe that when middle-class families are doing well – they’ve got money in their pockets, they’re getting decent wages, they’ve got some health care security – then we all do better. Because those are customers who are buying goods and services, so businesses do better. It goes back to what Henry Ford understood when he decided to pay higher wages to his workers: that meant those workers on the assembly line making those Model T’s could end up buying those cars. That’s how we grew a middle class. So more than anything, our task over the next four weeks is just to lay bare just what these economic choices are. The American people are going to understand which choice is better for them and what is going to be better for the country as a whole."

Lena Dunham on Barack Obama. All the things I like rolled into one.

Democracy Prep’s 4th graders encourage us to vote, to the tune of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”

My heart is warm.