Talking SF School Board Recall, NYC Media Blindness, and Writing
HoS and FdB go together like peanut butter and chocolate, man. I know some are against non-sports content here, and I do understand why, but I suppose I should express my opposing view: I think you guys have great discussions and I'd love to see this as a semi-regular feature.
A lot of this resonated strongly with me. I live in an epicenter of vapid media world. These people think they're "informed", but if you get past calling people racist, horse races, and tone/image stuff, they don't know anything. The Meta description was perfect although I don't know how much traction it will get.
Take something like housing. "Oh I think everyone should have affordable housing." OK what do you think about how HUD manages its public housing portfolio? "Well.. I know some people want to cut the budget... and I think we all know the reason for THAT..."
Like, you spend 20 hours per week consuming "news" about the government, but you don't actually know anything about how the government works or any mental framework for a vjsion
I like how bluntly Freddie speaks. It's refreshing. No BS.
Pretty sure “Paying the cost to be the boss” was a BB King tune a long time before Snoop. Just a non sneering FYI.
I think DeBoer understates the issue of how segregated the NYC specialized schools are, Black and Latino students aren't just underrepresented, they're 10% of the student body of the specialized schools in a city that has a majority Black and Latino student population. I think similar can be said in the UC system, once race based admissions were banned, the Black and Latino student population plummeted. I can't really say what the mechanism for diversifying these schools should be, but it's not unreasonable to say something should be done about it. Something like admitting the top 10% of every middle school was proposed by De Blasio, the same sort of measure was used in a conservative state like Texas for college admissions until the supreme court banned the practice I believe.
It's one thing to defend meritocracy at all costs but it's another to paint diversification efforts as some sort of radical left wing project when such efforts have been going on for decades. I think the thinking on affirmative action hasn't left the 60s in certain circles because we still live in an extremely segregated society, one that has in fact gotten more segregated in some respects as affirmitve action efforts have been scaled back.
This one episode did not show up in my podcast player. Did that happen for anyone else?
The university chat was great. Similar realities in Australia (sadly educational system becoming more Americanised by the day). The very existence of some of the best universities in Australia - and indeed the world - like Melbourne University and Monash University is dependent on international students paying astronomical money. They literally need this money- just plain economics. But it means Australian students who have the equivalent grades or often even better than their international counterparts, don’t get accepted to The top universities because the international cohort get preferenced. And no shit, Australian families get pissed , creating a great divide. What’s the solution aside from rejecting the American proposition of turning education and healthcare into a game of maximising profit? Not sure. This is the reality we’re in.
Has a writer ever claimed they were the GOAT in real time?