Wittgenstein held till next week: We'd expected to start our award-winning treatment of the later Wittgenstein this week.
Plainly, we aren't able to have nice things, just as Paula said! Those reports have been postponed until the start of next week.
Our reason? The New York Times' treatment of the Stuyvesant matter is one of the most disingenuous journalistic episodes ever staged. This 19-minute taped discussion has a piece of misdirection to suit every taste. And Sunday's featured editorial may be the least helpful presentation of all time.
At the New York Times, it's no excuse left behind! The famous upper-class Hamptons-based newspaper just can't seem to come to terms with elementary facts about the challenges facing our schools today.
They spend their time sliming Gotham's Asian families and blaming it all on "test prep." They're also in thrall to an ugly idea:
The only black kids worth caring about are the kids who score near the top!
Our view? In a more humane society, Mara Gay and Slate's Mary Harris would be frog-marched into the countryside for years of good sound re-education. In our society, citizens are going to have to settle for this week's featured reports.
We couldn't get to it all last week. Our reports went exactly like this:
Tuesday, March 26: Black kids don't get into Stuyvesant High! The New York Times shows that it cares.We're forced to continue this topic this week. Starting next Tuesday, Wittgenstein helps us see how the most revered of us "rational animals" have typically tended to fail.
Wednesday, March 27: The basic data you'll never be shown—and the problem we all ignore!
Thursday, March 28: The "brilliant students" of tribal lore! At Vox, does anyone care?
Friday, March 29: What do those Naep data actually mean? Mara Gay doesn't seem to care!
We plan to start with Professor Horwich. Next week, The Horwich Rules!