It's a snow day in DC, much like everywhere else on the Eastern Seaboard, and I am happy to report that I am watching the weather from my living room and not from the street. It's quite lovely. From here.
Anyway, because I'm stuck inside and because my computer desperately needs a restart (and possibly some attention from a sledgehammer), I have two posts for you today. This one, the first one, is a list of most of the tabs I've been leaving open for you, all of which I think are interesting, enjoyable, and/or important. The second one is more international development-specific, and kind of deserves its own post.
- An article on Harold Ramis. This description of the director, who died last week, is very much how I would like to be remembered, too.
Mr. Ramis was multitalented: he was a skilled fencer and a ritual drummer, he spoke Greek to the owners of his local coffee shop and taught himself to ski by watching skiers on television. He made his own hats from felted fleece.
- "Experimental Music on Children's Television." PHILIP GLASS ON SESAME STREET. (This is also going in the Museum of Favorite Things.)
- "Dear Parents of White Children." I will say, right off the bat, that I disagree with her argument against telling kids that "everyone is equal." A good point that she does make, though, is that non-white kids are forced to confront race issues from a very early age, and our society would probably be a little healthier if white kids had to do the same.
- Two insightful pieces on teaching, both for educators and non-educators: "#ResistTFA and the Teaching Profession" and "You Think You Know What Teachers Do. Right? Wrong." No matter what background one comes from, teaching is HARD. I had about as much education experience from undergrad as a non-ed major can get, and my teaching experiences have still been ludicrously hard. Because teaching is hard, and undervalued, and still lacks prestige in this country.
- A list of romantic comedies featuring Chris Messina. This should require no explanation.