These polls can’t be correct. Can they? (I’m looking at the right-rail stuff, the Election Day forecast, but especially the “now-cast,” which shows the gap wide and widening. It’ll tighten by Nov. 6, but I honestly expected it to be a lot tighter. I guess that’s what happens when you’re running the Personality Twins. Forget the commentary in this piece; just watch the embedded clip of the Chris Wallace interview. It’s Palin 2.0. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
Well, it’s going to be a long month, just the same. Lots of local races. Frankly, if a pollster called and asked, “If the election were held today…” I’d interrupt and ask, “Pretty please?”
This is just the fatigue talking. Mondays are still the longest day of the week. It’s nice to get it over with just the same.
So. Some linkage?
We’ve spent a bit of time chatting about education here, and how different nations do it differently, so this is offered in that vein:
“The pressures and workloads that the students and the teachers in the U.S. are facing nowadays are, perhaps, greater than they were a decade ago,” Korsunsky said in a recent paper. “But still, compared to a typical Chinese or Korean school, a high-pressure U.S. school is a summer camp.”
Let’s start with discipline. Korsunsky’s student sources are not describing a Chinese version of a blackboard jungle with metal detectors at the main entrance. These are some of the best and most selective schools in Asia. Being “tardy usually results in physical punishment, such as running in the gym a few times or doing jumping jacks. Forgetting to do homework and talking during class will often result in hitting with ruler or some sort,” one student said.
How fun. Let’s be more like the Chinese, eh?
Good NYT piece on Fender, the guitar company, being squeezed from all sides — the culture favors turntables and digital music-makers, and the customers would rather own a vintage guitar than a new one.
What the hell, it must be class warfare day around here: I, job creator.
Tuesday, amuse me. I need it.