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From my new book review in Taki’s Magazine:

The Wisdom of Spotted Toad
by Steve Sailer, May 08, 2019

The good old days of blogging when just about any blogger could, at least until he ran out of ideas, be somebody has come and gone. So the few new bloggers who have made an impact in recent years have had to be awfully smart. Ranking up near Scott Alexander of Slate Star Codex among the top new voices of the 2010s is Spotted Toad, the pseudonymous quant-intensive public policy analyst.

Spotted Toad has now written a short, nonstatistical, elegantly oblique memoir of his decade, 2000 to 2010, as a public school teacher: 13 Ways of Going on a Field Trip: Stories about Teaching and Learning.

While Toad abstains from citing data in his new self-published book, his Thoreauvian reminiscences are informed by the latest findings on genes and IQ, which makes for a subtle and unusual literary combination. Most schoolteachers would rather not think about 21st-century intelligence science, but Spotted Toad can’t ever stop thinking.

Read the whole thing there.

 
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  1. I enjoy Spotted Toad’s blog, thanks for that

    But education is the world’s most dismal subject. I don’t see how anyone could read too much about it for too long without sinking into depression.

    How do teachers go on once they see their profession is futile?

    • Replies: @Aufklærer108

    How do teachers go on once they see their profession is futile?
     
    It isn't futile if you didn't buy into the propaganda that everybody can be a rocket scientist in the first place.

    Lauding the successes of Western civilization in front of doubting immigrants, encouraging the smart but shy, punishing the bullies, protecting kids from their parents (who think belts are for beating girls) and from the Kafkaesqe lunacy that is modern school - these are all worthy goals!
    , @Captain Tripps

    But education is the world’s most dismal subject.
     
    It is? I thought Economics was the most dismal subject? Or is that the most dismal science? I can't keep this English language straight, and I'm a native speaker! Help me Obi-Wan Maynard Keynes, you're my only hope!
    , @Jim Don Bob

    How do teachers go on once they see their profession is futile?
     
    Pension.
  2. Steve

    How are things doing in Calaveras County?

    The Leaping Frog of Calaveras County……by Mark Twain…

    In a few years, the last known LIVING AND BREEDING SPACE of the Leaping Frog of Calaveras County….THE RED LEGGED FROG…will be paved over to provide LIVING AND BREEDING SPACE for the rapidly expanding Greater China Han GENELINE in California…….If Andrew Yang has his way….

    There goes another chunk of Americana…..NATIVE BORN WHITE AMERICAN VARIETY….

    Steve

    I think you would really enjoy Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride……Monty Python’s now permanently mute Terry Jones wrote….directed….and played the character Mr. Toad….This movie is a direct attack on Industrial Capitalism and it’s never ending cancerous growth on the Natural World….

  3. Totally OT, but there was a gem from Prof. Amy Chua’s very good 2018 book, Political Tribes, that connects the current Crisis in Venezuela and Black Beauty Queens storylines in such an iSteve way that I had to share:

    Chavez was the first president [of Venezuela] not to invite the [almost always white] winner of the Miss Venezuela pageant to the presidential palace after her crowning. He also ordered that two oil tankers named after former white Miss Venezuelas—the Maritza Sayalero and the Pilin Leon—be named Negra Hipolita and Negra Matea, two legendary black women who, according to lore, raised Simon Bolivar. The Chavez regime also saw Venezuela crown its first nonwhite Miss Venezuela.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Who was Hugo Chavez sleeping with, though? His first wife was only a little fairer than him, but his second wife was pretty blond. It appears to have been a state secret who his next woman was.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    ...Negra Hipolita and Negra Matea, two legendary black women who, according to lore, raised Simon Bolivar.
     
    So basically this is the Romulus-and-Remus story with the numbers reversed. Will the national football squad's logo be redrawn to reflect this? (Oh, wait... Venezuela's a baseball country. More power slugging pct. to 'em.)



    https://seeklogo.com/images/A/as-roma-logo-F8C0367AD8-seeklogo.com.png
    , @Dieter Kief
    Thanks, interesting indeed.
  4. Anon7 says:

    The son of a friend of mine got a job through Teach For America. He’s an IQ 100 kid who was kind of a screw-up in high school, was sheparded through an expensive private religious college, and was hired by TFA to student teach in an inner city disaster of a school. About six feet tall, lifts weights, and has a kind of easygoing personality, he calls the police to take some kid out of his classes every day on average.

    Turns out, he likes it, and got a teaching certificate. So, there’s your ideal teacher. Smart enough to grasp basic high school academics, male, big, tough but easygoing, and has no problem calling the cops to take out losers.

    So, TFA has that going for them as far as I’m concerned.

    • Replies: @South Texas Guy

    he calls the police to take some kid out of his classes every day on average.
     
    I wish I taught at that guy's school. I was (informally) reprimanded for sending so many students to the principal for disciplinary reasons. When I was a reporter, a new superintendent formed a new school district police force that cost $100k a year more than just hiring local cops to do the jobs. The local cops didn't answer to the school and would cite the hell out of miscreants for cussing in class, truancy, and whatnot. Spending a a Corvette and a half per year made the problem (for the board and superintendent) go away.

    From Steve's article:

    The standard school punishment in the 21st century is to call the parents, because that usually doesn’t generate a paper trail that can be audited for racism. Sometimes, however, immigrant parents have Old Country ways. Toad notes:
     

    It was all shadowboxing, of course, getting their parents mad enough for the kids to be a little scared, but not so mad that they hit the kid….
     
    In South Texas, the racism thing is pretty non existent on a rubber meets the road level. The bigger problem I saw was that every asst. principal wanted to be a principal. Every principal wanted a cushy job in the district office, and then maybe move on to an asst. superintendent position. Getting parents mad at you could easily quash that. And make no mistake, being a school principal, asst. superintendent, etc. is a well paying job. Once you hit the district office, you're bulletproof.
    , @Mr. XYZ
    What is his race and average college GPA? Also, what subject(s) does he teach?
    , @Anon
    My neice ended up becoming a teacher in Dallas via TFA. She loves it and is going through a master's program. I prodded her a little about that, but her only complaint is that the program is too easy and repeats undergrad stuff and stuff any teacher would know. No comments from her about political correctness. I think she's at a charter, but I'm not really sure. If so, that could be insulating her from some real world unpleasantness. My general sense is that she's about average in smarts, no brainiac.
  5. Anonymous[375] • Disclaimer says:

    • Replies: @Sgt. Joe Friday
    Maybe that doofus Krugman should have glanced at the list of PMOF winners before spouting off. Ellen De Generes ans Jesse Jackson are both honorees, and I would not characterize their contributions as exactly courageous or representing some sort of self-sacrifice.
    , @res
    The double standards of TDS are fun to watch. Where were the articles like this when Obama was handing out the 12 Presidential Medals of Freedom he awarded for sports?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidential_Medal_of_Freedom_recipients#Sports
    , @Old Prude
    Gotta agree with Krugman for once.
    , @Captain Tripps
    Going to have a little fun with this.

    It appears Paul Krugman is a virulent racist. Off with his head. Or better yet, he needs to report for re-Neducation...

    https://youtu.be/GPII9cfFe34?t=6s
  6. Tusk says:

    OT: Men Have No Friends and Women Bear the Burden – Toxic Masculinity and Emotional Gold Digging

    It has gained more traction recently as women, feeling increasingly burdened by unpaid emotional labor, have wised up to the toll of toxic masculinity, which keeps men isolated and incapable of leaning on each other

    Men are ’emotionally gold digging’ by exploiting their partners out of $200 services that they get for free from their loved ones! Have we now reached the break down point in modern relationships where women want to be reimbursed for emotional support?

    https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a27259689/toxic-masculinity-male-friendships-emotional-labor-men-rely-on-women/

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
    "unpaid emotional labor" -- Is it possible to say that phrase with a straight face? I submit that it is not. Try it.
  7. You’re the piece of human garbage who bragged about the cold efficiency of white mass killers.

    You have really jumped the shark.

    • Troll: YetAnotherAnon, Forbes
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Don't confuse explaining with excusing. Steve has pointed out that right-wing terrorism (white or otherwise) tends to be higher casualty/perpetrator than left-wing terrorism. An observation, not an endorsement.

    Pointing and sputtering makes no one any wiser. Nor does it grant moral high ground, however good it may feel.

    , @J.Ross
    Very interesting. "BLA" may be a one-off snipe from an antifa type, exploiting an existing but slightly different "bla," who has commented seven times, mostly about metric football. Is there anything in the post (or in the linked book review [or the reviewed book]) that has anything to do with BLA's attempt at emotional shock?
  8. Yet, Toad demonstrates, being well-informed about IQ science doesn’t make him nihilistic about the value of teaching. He notes that perhaps the single most enduring trend in pedagogy in recent decades, Lucy Calkins’ “workshop model” of individual writing assignments and silent reading, is:

    …in many ways a realistic resignation to the fundamental challenges facing American teachers—the vast range in ability, particularly in reading, that confronts teachers within an ordinary classroom….

    Holy crap! The ‘workshop model.’ A succinct name for the way teachers have been taught to teach for the last 20 years or more. It really is truly a pain in the ass to try and get 20-30 students on the same page. Some can get done with an assignment in less than ten minutes while others take 30.

    The workshop model is probably the best way to teach kids with a sub-100 IQ, but it sucks for the others. Until I walked into a classroom as a teacher, I kind of, sort of, thought of homeschoolers as religious zealots, but now I tell everyone that if they can afford to do it, do it. Maybe put them in public school in high school to socialize them, but any halfway intelligent mother can teach her kids much more in half the time that public schools do.

    • Replies: @Pericles


    It really is truly a pain in the ass to try and get 20-30 students on the same page. Some can get done with an assignment in less than ten minutes while others take 30.

     

    The ancients used to have educational tracks, but since everyone is exactly the same these days it doesn't work.
    , @Redneck farmer
    " Children in public schools are told to sit still, be quiet, and don't touch. This is called 'socialization'".
  9. @Stolen Valor Detective
    Totally OT, but there was a gem from Prof. Amy Chua's very good 2018 book, Political Tribes, that connects the current Crisis in Venezuela and Black Beauty Queens storylines in such an iSteve way that I had to share:

    Chavez was the first president [of Venezuela] not to invite the [almost always white] winner of the Miss Venezuela pageant to the presidential palace after her crowning. He also ordered that two oil tankers named after former white Miss Venezuelas---the Maritza Sayalero and the Pilin Leon---be named Negra Hipolita and Negra Matea, two legendary black women who, according to lore, raised Simon Bolivar. The Chavez regime also saw Venezuela crown its first nonwhite Miss Venezuela.
     

    Who was Hugo Chavez sleeping with, though? His first wife was only a little fairer than him, but his second wife was pretty blond. It appears to have been a state secret who his next woman was.

  10. @Anon7
    The son of a friend of mine got a job through Teach For America. He’s an IQ 100 kid who was kind of a screw-up in high school, was sheparded through an expensive private religious college, and was hired by TFA to student teach in an inner city disaster of a school. About six feet tall, lifts weights, and has a kind of easygoing personality, he calls the police to take some kid out of his classes every day on average.

    Turns out, he likes it, and got a teaching certificate. So, there’s your ideal teacher. Smart enough to grasp basic high school academics, male, big, tough but easygoing, and has no problem calling the cops to take out losers.

    So, TFA has that going for them as far as I’m concerned.

    he calls the police to take some kid out of his classes every day on average.

    I wish I taught at that guy’s school. I was (informally) reprimanded for sending so many students to the principal for disciplinary reasons. When I was a reporter, a new superintendent formed a new school district police force that cost $100k a year more than just hiring local cops to do the jobs. The local cops didn’t answer to the school and would cite the hell out of miscreants for cussing in class, truancy, and whatnot. Spending a a Corvette and a half per year made the problem (for the board and superintendent) go away.

    From Steve’s article:

    The standard school punishment in the 21st century is to call the parents, because that usually doesn’t generate a paper trail that can be audited for racism. Sometimes, however, immigrant parents have Old Country ways. Toad notes:

    It was all shadowboxing, of course, getting their parents mad enough for the kids to be a little scared, but not so mad that they hit the kid….

    In South Texas, the racism thing is pretty non existent on a rubber meets the road level. The bigger problem I saw was that every asst. principal wanted to be a principal. Every principal wanted a cushy job in the district office, and then maybe move on to an asst. superintendent position. Getting parents mad at you could easily quash that. And make no mistake, being a school principal, asst. superintendent, etc. is a well paying job. Once you hit the district office, you’re bulletproof.

    • Replies: @Anon7
    The school is almost entirely black, so there’s no question about racism when he calls the cops on some black kid. I think that the school district must have decided that if there is any kind of dispute, and kids refuse to go to a counselor’s office when asked to do so, they use the cops who’ve had training. Otherwise teachers wind up getting hurt, and maybe getting lawyers, and nobody wants that.

    We need to get over the trope that Exceptional Teachers are going to Save At Risk Students, and white kids especially need to forget Welcome Back Kotter and The Way It Spozed To Be and just focus on what seems workable.

    Like an easygoing six foot plus beefy male teacher who likes running classes through sets of exercises and is happy if out of every class there are more students who sort of get it than wind up being picked up by the cops. Lowered reasonable expectations.
  11. @Anonymous
    https://twitter.com/paulkrugman/status/1125555671229960192

    Maybe that doofus Krugman should have glanced at the list of PMOF winners before spouting off. Ellen De Generes ans Jesse Jackson are both honorees, and I would not characterize their contributions as exactly courageous or representing some sort of self-sacrifice.

    • Replies: @jon
    If you click through to his tweet, you'll see a couple of people posted all of the athletes that Obama and others gave the medal to.
  12. @Stolen Valor Detective
    Totally OT, but there was a gem from Prof. Amy Chua's very good 2018 book, Political Tribes, that connects the current Crisis in Venezuela and Black Beauty Queens storylines in such an iSteve way that I had to share:

    Chavez was the first president [of Venezuela] not to invite the [almost always white] winner of the Miss Venezuela pageant to the presidential palace after her crowning. He also ordered that two oil tankers named after former white Miss Venezuelas---the Maritza Sayalero and the Pilin Leon---be named Negra Hipolita and Negra Matea, two legendary black women who, according to lore, raised Simon Bolivar. The Chavez regime also saw Venezuela crown its first nonwhite Miss Venezuela.
     

    Negra Hipolita and Negra Matea, two legendary black women who, according to lore, raised Simon Bolivar.

    So basically this is the Romulus-and-Remus story with the numbers reversed. Will the national football squad’s logo be redrawn to reflect this? (Oh, wait… Venezuela’s a baseball country. More power slugging pct. to ’em.)

  13. “The Wisdom of Spotted Toad”

    As a Rice alumnus, Steve could have been Spotted Owl. Too late now…

    Once again, here’s the late, legendary Fat Broad:

  14. Anon7 says:
    @South Texas Guy

    he calls the police to take some kid out of his classes every day on average.
     
    I wish I taught at that guy's school. I was (informally) reprimanded for sending so many students to the principal for disciplinary reasons. When I was a reporter, a new superintendent formed a new school district police force that cost $100k a year more than just hiring local cops to do the jobs. The local cops didn't answer to the school and would cite the hell out of miscreants for cussing in class, truancy, and whatnot. Spending a a Corvette and a half per year made the problem (for the board and superintendent) go away.

    From Steve's article:

    The standard school punishment in the 21st century is to call the parents, because that usually doesn’t generate a paper trail that can be audited for racism. Sometimes, however, immigrant parents have Old Country ways. Toad notes:
     

    It was all shadowboxing, of course, getting their parents mad enough for the kids to be a little scared, but not so mad that they hit the kid….
     
    In South Texas, the racism thing is pretty non existent on a rubber meets the road level. The bigger problem I saw was that every asst. principal wanted to be a principal. Every principal wanted a cushy job in the district office, and then maybe move on to an asst. superintendent position. Getting parents mad at you could easily quash that. And make no mistake, being a school principal, asst. superintendent, etc. is a well paying job. Once you hit the district office, you're bulletproof.

    The school is almost entirely black, so there’s no question about racism when he calls the cops on some black kid. I think that the school district must have decided that if there is any kind of dispute, and kids refuse to go to a counselor’s office when asked to do so, they use the cops who’ve had training. Otherwise teachers wind up getting hurt, and maybe getting lawyers, and nobody wants that.

    We need to get over the trope that Exceptional Teachers are going to Save At Risk Students, and white kids especially need to forget Welcome Back Kotter and The Way It Spozed To Be and just focus on what seems workable.

    Like an easygoing six foot plus beefy male teacher who likes running classes through sets of exercises and is happy if out of every class there are more students who sort of get it than wind up being picked up by the cops. Lowered reasonable expectations.

  15. The lesson I take away from this is that the most glaringly obvious way to improve our schools is to improve their students via smarter immigration policy.

    At this point we might need a smarter emigration policy.

  16. Anonymous[921] • Disclaimer says:
    @BLA
    You're the piece of human garbage who bragged about the cold efficiency of white mass killers.

    You have really jumped the shark.

    Don’t confuse explaining with excusing. Steve has pointed out that right-wing terrorism (white or otherwise) tends to be higher casualty/perpetrator than left-wing terrorism. An observation, not an endorsement.

    Pointing and sputtering makes no one any wiser. Nor does it grant moral high ground, however good it may feel.

  17. Sounds nice, but also kind of sad. Like if the foremost thinker on human biodiversity of our time finally wrote a book, but it was about Barack Obama.

  18. TGGP says: • Website

    Spotted Toad’s highlighting of the results of “restorative justice” reforms in schools was particularly memorable to me, so I was surprised you didn’t include any links for that:

    I’ve notified Bryan Caplan of Spotted Toad & Education Realist’s responses to “The Case Against Education”, but he hasn’t responded yet. I think he has too many left-of-center critics to think it’s worth responding to those on the right (immigration is another story, as there are more righties writing about that, with Garett Jones being a notable one on Caplan’s radar).

  19. @Anonymous
    https://twitter.com/paulkrugman/status/1125555671229960192

    The double standards of TDS are fun to watch. Where were the articles like this when Obama was handing out the 12 Presidential Medals of Freedom he awarded for sports?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidential_Medal_of_Freedom_recipients#Sports

    • Replies: @Pericles
    Krugman seems a bit like querulous old alzheimer jew grandpa these days. "Stop trying to bathe me, you shvarzes! I got a Mohel Prize, you know!" "Sir, this is the New York Times Editorial Board, Very Important Contributor Office. Your column appears to be late."
    , @Perplexed
    Including for golf in 2014.
  20. @Anon7
    The son of a friend of mine got a job through Teach For America. He’s an IQ 100 kid who was kind of a screw-up in high school, was sheparded through an expensive private religious college, and was hired by TFA to student teach in an inner city disaster of a school. About six feet tall, lifts weights, and has a kind of easygoing personality, he calls the police to take some kid out of his classes every day on average.

    Turns out, he likes it, and got a teaching certificate. So, there’s your ideal teacher. Smart enough to grasp basic high school academics, male, big, tough but easygoing, and has no problem calling the cops to take out losers.

    So, TFA has that going for them as far as I’m concerned.

    What is his race and average college GPA? Also, what subject(s) does he teach?

    • Replies: @Anon7
    He’s white, his college GPA wasn’t good enough to get him into any sort of grad school (his parents checked), and he teaches biology-related subjects. Based on actual observations, I can tell you that a lot of beer was consumed during those four years. His parents are liberal, highly educated people, so he doesn’t notice anything about black kids vis a vis academic aptitude.

    He also picks up some extra cash by being an assistant coach, which I knew would happen. Get the teaching certification, teach basic high school bio and coach a sport. He’s 23, on cruise control for retirement and it’s perfect for him.

    He doesn’t care about politics, he doesn’t mind if losers fail (not his fault), he likes helping the ones who like to learn (if any) and coaching is fun. He’s happy to carry out the educational method du jour, so he won’t get into conflicts with administrators.
  21. Bought Kindle version, downloaded, reading. Thanks!

  22. Shame that Steve Sailer is not as catchy a name as Spotted Toad, because your blogging is quite interesting.

  23. @Tusk
    OT: Men Have No Friends and Women Bear the Burden - Toxic Masculinity and Emotional Gold Digging

    It has gained more traction recently as women, feeling increasingly burdened by unpaid emotional labor, have wised up to the toll of toxic masculinity, which keeps men isolated and incapable of leaning on each other
     
    Men are 'emotionally gold digging' by exploiting their partners out of $200 services that they get for free from their loved ones! Have we now reached the break down point in modern relationships where women want to be reimbursed for emotional support?

    https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a27259689/toxic-masculinity-male-friendships-emotional-labor-men-rely-on-women/

    “unpaid emotional labor” — Is it possible to say that phrase with a straight face? I submit that it is not. Try it.

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    The trick is to be shrieking and crying before the family court judge as you ask for more alimony.
  24. @South Texas Guy

    Yet, Toad demonstrates, being well-informed about IQ science doesn’t make him nihilistic about the value of teaching. He notes that perhaps the single most enduring trend in pedagogy in recent decades, Lucy Calkins’ “workshop model” of individual writing assignments and silent reading, is:

    …in many ways a realistic resignation to the fundamental challenges facing American teachers—the vast range in ability, particularly in reading, that confronts teachers within an ordinary classroom….
     
    Holy crap! The 'workshop model.' A succinct name for the way teachers have been taught to teach for the last 20 years or more. It really is truly a pain in the ass to try and get 20-30 students on the same page. Some can get done with an assignment in less than ten minutes while others take 30.

    The workshop model is probably the best way to teach kids with a sub-100 IQ, but it sucks for the others. Until I walked into a classroom as a teacher, I kind of, sort of, thought of homeschoolers as religious zealots, but now I tell everyone that if they can afford to do it, do it. Maybe put them in public school in high school to socialize them, but any halfway intelligent mother can teach her kids much more in half the time that public schools do.

    It really is truly a pain in the ass to try and get 20-30 students on the same page. Some can get done with an assignment in less than ten minutes while others take 30.

    The ancients used to have educational tracks, but since everyone is exactly the same these days it doesn’t work.

  25. @res
    The double standards of TDS are fun to watch. Where were the articles like this when Obama was handing out the 12 Presidential Medals of Freedom he awarded for sports?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidential_Medal_of_Freedom_recipients#Sports

    Krugman seems a bit like querulous old alzheimer jew grandpa these days. “Stop trying to bathe me, you shvarzes! I got a Mohel Prize, you know!” “Sir, this is the New York Times Editorial Board, Very Important Contributor Office. Your column appears to be late.”

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    I ignore YouTube advertising by policy and through alternative frontends, but noticed one selling some fatuous online course and/or opinion show taught by Krugman. Literally shifting his eyes and babbling that some painfully obvious major topic (China?) "is definitely an important issue." Someone is downloading those as a kind of New Year's resolution and never getting around to watching them.
  26. @South Texas Guy

    Yet, Toad demonstrates, being well-informed about IQ science doesn’t make him nihilistic about the value of teaching. He notes that perhaps the single most enduring trend in pedagogy in recent decades, Lucy Calkins’ “workshop model” of individual writing assignments and silent reading, is:

    …in many ways a realistic resignation to the fundamental challenges facing American teachers—the vast range in ability, particularly in reading, that confronts teachers within an ordinary classroom….
     
    Holy crap! The 'workshop model.' A succinct name for the way teachers have been taught to teach for the last 20 years or more. It really is truly a pain in the ass to try and get 20-30 students on the same page. Some can get done with an assignment in less than ten minutes while others take 30.

    The workshop model is probably the best way to teach kids with a sub-100 IQ, but it sucks for the others. Until I walked into a classroom as a teacher, I kind of, sort of, thought of homeschoolers as religious zealots, but now I tell everyone that if they can afford to do it, do it. Maybe put them in public school in high school to socialize them, but any halfway intelligent mother can teach her kids much more in half the time that public schools do.

    ” Children in public schools are told to sit still, be quiet, and don’t touch. This is called ‘socialization’”.

  27. @Hypnotoad666
    "unpaid emotional labor" -- Is it possible to say that phrase with a straight face? I submit that it is not. Try it.

    The trick is to be shrieking and crying before the family court judge as you ask for more alimony.

  28. @Stolen Valor Detective
    Totally OT, but there was a gem from Prof. Amy Chua's very good 2018 book, Political Tribes, that connects the current Crisis in Venezuela and Black Beauty Queens storylines in such an iSteve way that I had to share:

    Chavez was the first president [of Venezuela] not to invite the [almost always white] winner of the Miss Venezuela pageant to the presidential palace after her crowning. He also ordered that two oil tankers named after former white Miss Venezuelas---the Maritza Sayalero and the Pilin Leon---be named Negra Hipolita and Negra Matea, two legendary black women who, according to lore, raised Simon Bolivar. The Chavez regime also saw Venezuela crown its first nonwhite Miss Venezuela.
     

    Thanks, interesting indeed.

  29. Anon[390] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon7
    The son of a friend of mine got a job through Teach For America. He’s an IQ 100 kid who was kind of a screw-up in high school, was sheparded through an expensive private religious college, and was hired by TFA to student teach in an inner city disaster of a school. About six feet tall, lifts weights, and has a kind of easygoing personality, he calls the police to take some kid out of his classes every day on average.

    Turns out, he likes it, and got a teaching certificate. So, there’s your ideal teacher. Smart enough to grasp basic high school academics, male, big, tough but easygoing, and has no problem calling the cops to take out losers.

    So, TFA has that going for them as far as I’m concerned.

    My neice ended up becoming a teacher in Dallas via TFA. She loves it and is going through a master’s program. I prodded her a little about that, but her only complaint is that the program is too easy and repeats undergrad stuff and stuff any teacher would know. No comments from her about political correctness. I think she’s at a charter, but I’m not really sure. If so, that could be insulating her from some real world unpleasantness. My general sense is that she’s about average in smarts, no brainiac.

    • Replies: @South Texas Guy

    No comments from her about political correctness. I think she’s at a charter, but I’m not really sure. If so, that could be insulating her from some real world unpleasantness
     
    It could be she one of those rare types I taught with; the ones who really enjoyed the psychological challenge of dealing with A-hole kids. But the charter school thing is likely the reason. If you can land one of those few relatively stress-free positions, teaching really is a good job with great benefits.
  30. @Anonymous
    https://twitter.com/paulkrugman/status/1125555671229960192

    Gotta agree with Krugman for once.

  31. @Sgt. Joe Friday
    Maybe that doofus Krugman should have glanced at the list of PMOF winners before spouting off. Ellen De Generes ans Jesse Jackson are both honorees, and I would not characterize their contributions as exactly courageous or representing some sort of self-sacrifice.

    If you click through to his tweet, you’ll see a couple of people posted all of the athletes that Obama and others gave the medal to.

  32. I’m pleased Steve hasn’t done an Amazon review – while it’s unfair, any Steve endorsement would probably be pounced upon by some SJW type. His firepower is best reserved for critical reviews.

    Inshallah Toad may help to “redpill some normies” aka point a few souls in the right direction.

    (I see Yogi Berra got a posthumous medal from Obama btw)

  33. @Nathan
    I enjoy Spotted Toad's blog, thanks for that

    But education is the world's most dismal subject. I don't see how anyone could read too much about it for too long without sinking into depression.

    How do teachers go on once they see their profession is futile?

    How do teachers go on once they see their profession is futile?

    It isn’t futile if you didn’t buy into the propaganda that everybody can be a rocket scientist in the first place.

    Lauding the successes of Western civilization in front of doubting immigrants, encouraging the smart but shy, punishing the bullies, protecting kids from their parents (who think belts are for beating girls) and from the Kafkaesqe lunacy that is modern school – these are all worthy goals!

    • Replies: @Nathan
    Except teachers do none of those things. Teachers ARE the Kafkaesque lunacy that is modern school- the lunacy doesn't emanate from the brick and mortar of the school buildings.
  34. Spotted Toad is hit and miss. His latest Twitter thread is indicative of his shortcomings. Status-seeking, elite university graduate 20-something hipsters (a tiny fraction of any urban metro, save SF and maybe DC) play a minor role in the drastic changes to cost of living, the centralization of capital into metro areas, the emptying of rural communities, and similar demographic and economic trends. He can’t see out of his elite bubble. LoTB has a similar blindness. EdReal is more insightful.

  35. Anon7 says:
    @Mr. XYZ
    What is his race and average college GPA? Also, what subject(s) does he teach?

    He’s white, his college GPA wasn’t good enough to get him into any sort of grad school (his parents checked), and he teaches biology-related subjects. Based on actual observations, I can tell you that a lot of beer was consumed during those four years. His parents are liberal, highly educated people, so he doesn’t notice anything about black kids vis a vis academic aptitude.

    He also picks up some extra cash by being an assistant coach, which I knew would happen. Get the teaching certification, teach basic high school bio and coach a sport. He’s 23, on cruise control for retirement and it’s perfect for him.

    He doesn’t care about politics, he doesn’t mind if losers fail (not his fault), he likes helping the ones who like to learn (if any) and coaching is fun. He’s happy to carry out the educational method du jour, so he won’t get into conflicts with administrators.

  36. @Nathan
    I enjoy Spotted Toad's blog, thanks for that

    But education is the world's most dismal subject. I don't see how anyone could read too much about it for too long without sinking into depression.

    How do teachers go on once they see their profession is futile?

    But education is the world’s most dismal subject.

    It is? I thought Economics was the most dismal subject? Or is that the most dismal science? I can’t keep this English language straight, and I’m a native speaker! Help me Obi-Wan Maynard Keynes, you’re my only hope!

    • Replies: @Nathan
    Economics is the dismal science, but Thomas Carlyle's criticism of economics could also be applied to education.
  37. @Anonymous
    https://twitter.com/paulkrugman/status/1125555671229960192

    Going to have a little fun with this.

    It appears Paul Krugman is a virulent racist. Off with his head. Or better yet, he needs to report for re-Neducation…

    • Replies: @Olorin
    Just relax and let the hooks do their work!
  38. @Nathan
    I enjoy Spotted Toad's blog, thanks for that

    But education is the world's most dismal subject. I don't see how anyone could read too much about it for too long without sinking into depression.

    How do teachers go on once they see their profession is futile?

    How do teachers go on once they see their profession is futile?

    Pension.

  39. @res
    The double standards of TDS are fun to watch. Where were the articles like this when Obama was handing out the 12 Presidential Medals of Freedom he awarded for sports?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidential_Medal_of_Freedom_recipients#Sports

    Including for golf in 2014.

  40. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Pericles
    Krugman seems a bit like querulous old alzheimer jew grandpa these days. "Stop trying to bathe me, you shvarzes! I got a Mohel Prize, you know!" "Sir, this is the New York Times Editorial Board, Very Important Contributor Office. Your column appears to be late."

    I ignore YouTube advertising by policy and through alternative frontends, but noticed one selling some fatuous online course and/or opinion show taught by Krugman. Literally shifting his eyes and babbling that some painfully obvious major topic (China?) “is definitely an important issue.” Someone is downloading those as a kind of New Year’s resolution and never getting around to watching them.

  41. J.Ross says: • Website
    @BLA
    You're the piece of human garbage who bragged about the cold efficiency of white mass killers.

    You have really jumped the shark.

    Very interesting. “BLA” may be a one-off snipe from an antifa type, exploiting an existing but slightly different “bla,” who has commented seven times, mostly about metric football. Is there anything in the post (or in the linked book review [or the reviewed book]) that has anything to do with BLA’s attempt at emotional shock?

  42. @Anon
    My neice ended up becoming a teacher in Dallas via TFA. She loves it and is going through a master's program. I prodded her a little about that, but her only complaint is that the program is too easy and repeats undergrad stuff and stuff any teacher would know. No comments from her about political correctness. I think she's at a charter, but I'm not really sure. If so, that could be insulating her from some real world unpleasantness. My general sense is that she's about average in smarts, no brainiac.

    No comments from her about political correctness. I think she’s at a charter, but I’m not really sure. If so, that could be insulating her from some real world unpleasantness

    It could be she one of those rare types I taught with; the ones who really enjoyed the psychological challenge of dealing with A-hole kids. But the charter school thing is likely the reason. If you can land one of those few relatively stress-free positions, teaching really is a good job with great benefits.

  43. Funny about how old some of the kids are. A Duke basketball recruit will be a 20 year old freshman in the Fall. Must be from Mr. Toad’s school!

  44. @Aufklærer108

    How do teachers go on once they see their profession is futile?
     
    It isn't futile if you didn't buy into the propaganda that everybody can be a rocket scientist in the first place.

    Lauding the successes of Western civilization in front of doubting immigrants, encouraging the smart but shy, punishing the bullies, protecting kids from their parents (who think belts are for beating girls) and from the Kafkaesqe lunacy that is modern school - these are all worthy goals!

    Except teachers do none of those things. Teachers ARE the Kafkaesque lunacy that is modern school- the lunacy doesn’t emanate from the brick and mortar of the school buildings.

  45. @Captain Tripps

    But education is the world’s most dismal subject.
     
    It is? I thought Economics was the most dismal subject? Or is that the most dismal science? I can't keep this English language straight, and I'm a native speaker! Help me Obi-Wan Maynard Keynes, you're my only hope!

    Economics is the dismal science, but Thomas Carlyle’s criticism of economics could also be applied to education.

  46. @Captain Tripps
    Going to have a little fun with this.

    It appears Paul Krugman is a virulent racist. Off with his head. Or better yet, he needs to report for re-Neducation...

    https://youtu.be/GPII9cfFe34?t=6s

    Just relax and let the hooks do their work!

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