Journal 02/27/2015 (a.m.)

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Journal 02/25/2015 (a.m.)

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Journal 02/15/2015 (a.m.)

    • So I wonder: does the tendency of tech giants to lag in the next stage really represent the price of success and its attendant rigidity, or is it simply telling us that lightning doesn’t strike repeatedly in the same place? Tech giants — giants of any kind, actually — are generally built on the basis of one big idea, and grow huge by applying that idea. Why should we expect them to be great at the next big idea?

       

      I’d also note, as an amateur in this field, that I’m hearing good stuff about Microsoft’s latest offerings. Weren’t they supposed to be a dinosaur, incapable of changing because the profits from the old ways are still too good? (Besides, the dinosaurs appear to have been wiped out by a random event.)

    • Mainly, though, The Speech was about waging war on public employee unions, particularly the ones for teachers. “In 2010, there was a young woman named Megan Sampson who was honored as the outstanding teacher of the year in my state. And not long after she got that distinction, she was laid off by her school district,” said Walker, lacing into teacher contracts that require layoffs be done by seniority.
    • All of that came as a distinct surprise to Claudia Felske, a member of the faculty at East Troy High School who actually was named a Wisconsin Teacher of the Year in 2010. In a phone interview, Felske said she still remembers when she got the news at a “surprise pep assembly at my school.” As well as the fact that those layoffs happened because Walker cut state aid to education.

      Actually, Wisconsin names four teachers of the year, none of which has ever been Megan Sampson, who won an award for first-year English teachers given by a nonprofit group. But do not blame any of this on Sampson, poor woman, who was happily working at a new school in 2011 when Walker made her the star victim in an anti-union opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal. At the time, she expressed a strong desire not to be used as a “poster child for this political agenda,” and you would think that after that the governor would leave her alone. Or at least stop saying she was teacher of the year.

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Journal 02/06/2015 (a.m.)

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