And Jesus said to them, "Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his [accomplishments]." And he told them a parable, saying, "The [mind] of a rich [wo]man produced plentifully, and [s]he thought to [her]self, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my [thoughts]?' And [s]he said, 'I will do this: I will tear down my [blog] and build [a more accomplished one], and there I will store all my [thoughts] and my [writings]. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample [publications and a great reputation]; relax, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to [her], 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God."

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Yet another useless article about the woes of American education.

Wow, Kim Brooks, tell me something I don't know. →

We have enough flashing neon signs hovering over the problems. No funding. Dated methodology. Government interference. Irresponsible parents. Ineffective discipline. The slew of problems that come with technology. Etc. Here’s a new idea: instead of putting all of your Iowa Writers’ Workshop brilliance to work writing Solve-Nothing articles, why don’t you craft a curriculum structured around writing and then send it off for publication? (Because, let’s be honest, no one is going to read your novels if they’re illiterate and/or predisposed to hate literature — as you so cleverly pointed out.) Iowa Writers’ Workshop people are supposed to be the most brilliant writers in the country, and any idiot can point out a kink in the water hose. Do I sound frustrated and irritable? Because I am.

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