I recently read an essay by John Taylor Gatto
(no relation to Mike Gatto or Daulton Gatto I presume; that they share a surname must be purely coincidental) on what a ridiculous notion our warehouse model of public education is. We see more games as played by the LAUSD and the teachers' unions as Westchester's local high school is going from the traditional model to that of being a magnet school
, more like a university beckoning those how have means to get to what is perceived as a beacon in an educational swamp. Westchester need not worry! This may be an opportunity to drive their children towards charter schools, private schools and home schooling - new models of education that don't lump the masses into a pre-fab sludge of forcing children to fit into cookie cutters and disrespect the vastly different learning style of each kid. There, I said it.
Zuma Dogg catches an LAPD cop being abusive to a group of teens at Venice Beach.
Franklin Avenue reports that Union 76 has begun to reclaim it's big orange ball heritage
via an advertising campaign.
With most of California's Democratic leadership in their 70s, observers are looking at fortysomething top pols Lt Governor Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Kamala Harris as the future of the party
. Interesting that Mayor Villaraigosa and other Southern California Democrats aren't even on the radar.
Here in Van Nuys
blogger Andy Hurvitz has a new book out - Los Angeles Faces and Facades
has pages of the blogger's photos about the local scene.
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