I recently read an article that had a very timely and interesting heading:
States with faster Internet speeds have smarter people
The article is a good read in and of itself, especially if you look at the charts. But the author even suggests that this might be a “chicken-and-egg” situation – it would be just as accurate, but would convey a slightly different meaning, if the article was titled instead:
“States with smarter people have faster Internet speeds”
Of course, in my opinion, the really smart people know better than to take these silly tests in the first place. 🙂
This got me thinking of the recent campaign to get citizens to favor the November referendum, “Vote Yes for Students”. Think about that for a little bit. Then consider, is there a “Vote No for Students” campaign? The way we use words conveys quite a lot of meaning over and above the mere dictionary definitions. I find the whole thing quite fascinating.
Vote Yes for Students. Vote Yes for AC at Central. Vote Yes for fixing problems at Edison and Dr. Howard. Vote Yes for innovation in educational technology and awesome business partnerships. But you will have to decide for yourself if voting for or against $150 million in new taxes on November 4th will achieve these results. It is paramount that all voters understand exactly what the November 4th vote is all about. “Vote Yes for Students” is an emotional non-argument.
Here is another observation. There is a big issue made of the sweltering heat and humidity at Central. Why?
Quick, what is the fist thing that goes through your head when you hear “Why?”
The heat and humidity at Central totally sucks. They have no central air, extremely poor air circulation, and 3 levels (heat rises). The students bring hand fans, the teachers attempt to put as many box fans as possible in the room and provide water, and everyone sweats. It really sucks.
So why do I ask why people make a big deal of it? The reason I ask is that if this is truly is a big deal, why have we waited so long to remedy it? Words are one thing, but our actions are showing something else. AC has been a deferred maintenance item for at least a decade now, yet we haven’t attempted to fix it. Even the strong banner cries of those who support the November referendum point out that they need the referendum put AC in. Yet, even if the referendum passes, how many years will it be before Central students actually have cooler classrooms? The class of 2016 will still be sweating. Probably the class of 2017 as well. If they are lucky, the class of 2018 might spend one year in a high school with AC after the referendum of 2014 passes.
I do not question the many needs we have and the critical nature of finding solutions. I question why have we waited so long, and how much longer must we wait to fix up everything else. Don’t tell me Dr. Howard will have to wait until 2025.