What... is your name? Veronica
What… is your quest? To procrastinate
What... is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow? Erm... 42?
Currently Watching: Spooks, Six Feet Under, Star Trek TOS Up next: BSG, Alphas, Heroes, Smallville Currently reading: American Gods by Neil Gaiman and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson
Bill Bigelow, Rethinking Columbus: Towards a True People’s History
Just your random reminder that this is a banned book.
In January of this year, district officials came into Tucson’s high schools, confiscated the offending books, put them in boxes, and carted them away. These books were taken while classes were in session, so that the teachers and students wouldn’t miss the point.
What’s even more terrifying is that their actions were in compliance with an Arizona state law.
HB 2281 has terminated Tucson’s Mexican American Studies program, a virtually one of a kind social studies and humanities high school program that seeks to close the “achievement gap” by encouraging Tucson students (of whom at least 60% are Latino) to look at American history critically in regards to race, gender, and ethnicity.
But Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal will have none of it, and threatened to withdraw 14 million dollars in state funding to the Tucson Unified School District if it failed to comply with the law, which criminalizes, among other things, “any courses or classes that…advocate ethnic solidarity…”
And so hundreds of students have had their curriculum literally snatched away from them at mid-year; their teachers are now required by law to assign them more “traditional” reading material that ignores the racial, gender, and class biases that have so tragically shaped our country.
Another gentle reminder that there are *ahem* various places I could be arrested for teaching this to you in school.
- 5 minutes outside (and not dressed properly) and you will get frostbite
- The Midwest is colder than Antarctica right now
- Cars are going crazy because it is simply too cold for them to operate
- Hot water freezes before it hits the ground right now
So for those of you wondering why the “special event blogger” hasn’t come back for the first two episodes of Sherlock, to which I’ve been looking forward for, you know, two years. Along with everyone else here:
I’m not a fan of them. I’m not going to apologize, I’m just not a fan. I laughed, just like everyone else, but at the same time I was having a panic attack because all I could think was, “Where has my Sherlock gone?” On a personal note, I just want to say that I’ve never been very good with people. I get emotionally attached to fictional characters, but real life people are still something of a mystery to me. Sherlock and John’s “bit not good” lines? Yeah, my friends do that for me when I take comments too far. Suddenly, Sherlock is the one reminding John it’s lilac, not purple. He’s Mr. Pirouette. He’s the french-waiter impostor. But, he’s not my Sherlock. He’s not the inhumanly clever and un/reasonably detached consulting detective I started watching for.
Yes, I understand character development happens. It happened in Season 2, and I loved it. Everything on the show was balanced. But this Sherlock isn’t the same, balanced Sherlock we saw in the first two seasons. He’s missing deductions, he’s the suave best man flirting with Jeanine (or was it Jeanette? Whatever.), and he’s completely fine with the fact that after two years of losing John, he’s losing him all over again. He’s not putting up a fight, or making a scene. I know, he’s being supportive. But Sherlock didn’t used to be supportive. He was a child, and Mycroft was only marginally better.
What made this show great was that it took a mind that the average watcher could never unravel, and then let us pull the string, bit by bit, episode by episode. With season 3, Moffat, Gatiss, and Thomson might as well be throwing loose yarn into the air for anyone to catch. If I wanted loose yarn, I would watch Miranda, or The Office. I watched Sherlock to be in awe. And, tl;dr, I’m not in awe of Sherlock, Series 3.