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Mr. Herold diminishes the point by his need to simplify through labeling. The preferred label of this column is "neoliberalism".
However, "The Big Short" is nowhere near being about politics.....or even Wall Street, big banks or the trillions that ebb and flow on the waves of economic oceans.
It's about people, and how a very few of them (one in particular) stopped listening to "common knowledge" and "collective wisdom" and followed their (his) instincts....even in the face of massive corruption, socially promoted ignorance and nearly unbearable outside pressure....to eventual vindication.
Not because vindication was what they sought, but because, quite simply, they were right.
So really, it's a story about believing in yourself, especially when you know you're right.
Good advertising means taking chances. Combining artists and brands is always tricky business...especially at a local level. At least the brand and it´s agency are willing to reach out in a unique way. I´m hoping it proves to be positive for them.
If you didn´t buy the cake, you can´t choose the frosting Mr. Herold.
Global rankings of the US educational system:Reading: 17th (above average but behind Estonia)Math: 31st (below average and behind the Czech Republic)Science: 23rd (barely above average...and behind Estonia again)If we´re paying for results....we´re overpaying. There are many teachers that believe the same.Like many of our public institutions, the public education system has bureaucracied itself into ineffectuality. It´s what happens when the is no competition or performance requirements.When you have no competition, you get North Korea. When competition is fierce, you get South Korea (ahead of the US in every category).There are a few teachers I know (some of them Union reps) that would love to get a shot at having their pay tied to student performance. But that will never happen under the existing system. The current system dis-incentivises individual teacher´s results and incentivizes the "collective".....never a successful recipe for performance and it basically guarantees the results listed above.Blindly funding and re-funding schools does not solve this problem, it only extends it by supporting the inefficiencies of the status quo.Writers like Mr. McGregor are very good at using illustrations like "pitchforks" to describe who he thinks to be the enemy...but those generalizations normally work the best on those who deplore critical thinking and embrace the colletive....which is really the point...isn´t it? Why think for yourself when you´ve got great guys like Ted McGregor telling you what to think?
Interesting perspective Mr. Harold. A good read.
Question: "Studies show that so-called green schools are not as efficient or cost-effective… should we be spending substantially more of taxpayer's money to build them?"
Answer: "Although I am not aware of the "studies" you are referring to, what I understand, as a candidate for Mayor, is that "green" construction can initially run higher in cost, but due to advanced designs in the use of natural light, innovative materials and technologies, the additional costs are nullified over the course of 5 to 10 years. As most schools have a life expectancy of 50 plus years, they will reap a significant savings over time in cost of operation, well beyond offsetting the cost of the initial investment. However, if longer term data suggests otherwise, I would be interested to take a look at that information in order to make sure that our citizens are getting the best return on their investment in education for our kids."
Mr. Herold, there are no loaded questions to a deft politician.
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