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I’ve been trying to get a better understanding of what strategy major education reform foundations are actually trying to pursue. I’ve read their mission statements and strategy documents, but it’s hard to know what to make of these vague declarations. Instead, I decided that we might get a more accurate sense of foundation strategy by examining the social media communications of their grantees. That is, what the organizations funded by foundations actually advocate on Twitter might tell us more about what those foundations really support. We identified the recent grantees of the Arnold, Broad, Gates, and Walton foundations and then found Twitter accounts associated with those grantees. Despite the consistency of coding Tweets, it’s important to take the results of this analysis with large grains of salt. Grantees of the Arnold and Walton foundations pay more attention to choice, but they still advocate for diversity 2.3 and 1.7 times more often, respectively, than for choice. Despite the perception that these major education reform foundations are focused on expanding school choice, at least with charters, their grantees appear to be devoting more energy to arguing for greater diversity. At times it feels like major ed reform grantees forget who they need to appeal to in order to win.D: History
During the fall 2016 semester, I taught Art Since 1945 and utilized WordPress as an online platform for four writing assignments. Students were asked to read and respond to an artist’s statement, evaluate an exhibition review, and consider how television, online platforms, and publications shape our collective understanding of contemporary art trends and practices. Effectively, I asked students to consider the roles of institutions, critics, artists, television producers, and online publications in shaping the conversation around contemporary art. My goal was that this series of assignments would encourage students to “enter the conversation” and become engaged practitioners in writing about contemporary art. In this post for AHTR, I will share what I learned from this experience, including both the positive outcomes and the things that I would do differently next time.U: Military science
While proponents of extensive surveillance legislation argue that these measures are necessary in the 21st-century fight to uncover and neutralize terrorism plots, the indiscriminate interception and retention of personal data poses serious challenges to international human rights law. Surveillance and human rights law Article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights asserts the right to privacy and prohibits states from unlawful and arbitrary interference with the privacy of individuals within their jurisdiction. Governments with the necessary capabilities have institutionalized operations and legislation which is simply not compatible with the Right to Privacy under article 17. Tensions between intelligence agencies and private technology enterprises Despite the introduction of such worrying legislative measures, intelligence agencies have voiced concern that they are losing the technological edge over potential terrorists as tech companies are increasingly focusing on developing sophisticated encryption tools and software to reassure their customers' privacy concerns. Ben Emmerson, Special Rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights for the UN, has made important recommendations for the way forward. In the end, the question of surveillance and privacy falls in line with the greater theme of balancing liberty and security. He focuses on conflict resolution strategies, political violence, and human rights. Outside of academia, he is Series…M: Music
Happy Monday! We’ve got all sizes and speeds of records, plus magazines and sheet music. Those plastic bins are up for grabs, too!See more
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