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All Politics is Local and Personal

I confess that I wouldn’t be here if things had not changed so drastically and so quickly, if I wasn’t so personally affected. I teach in a Title I high school in rural Georgia that manages to find loopholes and waivers to avoid AYP’s naughty list, and as a result, my teaching philosophy and methods have not been questioned. 372 more words


On learning to Dream Big

On learning to Dream Big

You will say unbelievable things
Dreaming big, early in the morning
And some part of you will
Always remember, taking heart… 151 more words


Lee’s five powerful lessons for Lanka

By Ameen Izzadeen
All that man wants is freedom from fear and hunger. The entire gamut of human rights stems from these two basic freedoms which ensure man’s right to life, property and dignity. 1,089 more words

Political Analysis

Unpaid Internships and the Myth of Meritocracy

Originally published on the Huffington Post, 27 March 2014:

One of the most profitable movie studios in the US recently auctioned off an unpaid internship… 653 more words


No Quota Asked or Given

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the FA imposing a quota system wherby every Premier League team has to have a certain number of English players in their squad. 405 more words


Watching Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s speeches and I learned an important and powerful word.


an elite group of people whose progress is based on ability and talent rather than on class privilege or wealth. 41 more words

“Develop the virtues and talents with which every child is endowed”

From Rise of the Meritocracy*, by Michael Young:

“In the light of this approach sought to give a new meaning to equality of opportunity.

“ should not mean equal opportunity  to rise up in the social scale, but equal opportunity for all people, irrespective of their ‘intelligence’, to develop the virtues and talents with which they are endowed, all their capacities for appreciating the beauty and depth of human experience, all their potential for living life to the full. 181 more words