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Re: “The Death of Suburbia

The new trend in virtually every metropolitan area, including Memphis, is something called "urbanization" as more and more people move back into the city because they've finally realized that, other than white schools (more about that below), the most they got by moving to the suburbs was stressful, and dangerous, commutes to the city, where most of the jobs are still located, not realizing that they exchanged their statistically-unjustified fear of being injured or killed by urban crime for the statistically-justified fear of being injured or killed in a car accident. Statistics show that the farther you have to drive, the more likely you are to be the victim of a car crash, which is a fact, even by Trumpian standards.

But, of course, suburbanization owes its continued existence to the "white-flighters" who don't want their children infected by contact with minority students in the city school systems. It's no accident, then, that Collierville, Germantown, Arlington, etc. all have 85%, or higher, white populations. The "Steves" (Bannon and King) would be proud!

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Posted by moverhill on 03/16/2017 at 12:11 PM

Re: “The Death of Suburbia

My guess is that Carriage Crossing in Collierville won't survive. There hasn't been any additional development around it. And there's lots of empty parcels - in the mall and in the strip mall across the street.

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Posted by nobody on 03/16/2017 at 11:39 AM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

@ Grove,

Absolutely agree.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 03/16/2017 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Another Tale of Two Cities: How to Deal With Donald Trump: PART ONE

I think only one media outlet called the Ole Miss protest a riot - that was the Daily Mail, a little respected British tabloid.

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Posted by nobody on 03/16/2017 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Memphis Pop Art Festival and Designer Toy Summit

Thanks for the words. Dont know what or why that superman picture is there, has nothing to do with anything we are doing, but thanks anyway. - Gavriel Discordia - Designer Toy Summit

Posted by Ben G Daigle on 03/16/2017 at 11:00 AM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

@Funk,

Technical support is outsourced to India because it's cheaper labor, not because we don't have people in the US that can do it.

Same with manufacturing jobs. They get outsourced to other countries because of the labor cost.

A better example would be the talent that we often import from other countries for high skilled, technical jobs. I would imagine Silicon Valley imports a good bit of talent. Most major corporations do. That's certainly a problem, and I think we agree that our education system needs to be fixed. We just seem to have different views on how that would work best.

I don't think standardization is the answer. If we really wanted to develop our best talent, we would work to identify it early and then start to stratify our students, letting the brightest work at a much accelerated pace, while letting them work alongside other students that are equal to or better than they are, so that they are challenged.

I see it with my own kids. My oldest is strong at basically everything. She gets pulled out of class for some accelerated learning, but a good bit of her day is wasted working on things that she easily masters quickly. She'll spend the rest of her time bored out of her mind.

My youngest has little interest in the language skills, but he's highly interested in math and how things work.

If you could identify the strengths of those students early and then put them in groups that challenge their strengths, they'd accelerate their learning at a much faster pace.FYI

We'll never do that in the US though, because people would struggle to accept that their child might not be fit for the path they always wanted for them.

@AP,

We may just be using different terms. When I say "political power" with school boards, it's not that they have governmental power, but in larger districts, those board positions do become the type of positions people use to springboard themselves into governmental roles.

My point about smaller districts is that when you have smaller districts, those board positions become less about how they can be used to gain name recognition in the community, and they're more often filled by motivated parents within the community that want to make the best of the district.

Believe me, you still get corruption and in-fighting with smaller district boards. I've seen plenty myself out in Germantown, but by and large the desire of the members is to offer the best possible options to the community.

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Posted by GroveReb84 on 03/16/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Fly on the Wall 1464

You are correct B, and thank you for the correction. Sometimes even the Pesky Fly makes Fly-worthy gaffs. I will excoriate myself with an appropriate correction. I know better because I've been experiencing this inversion since Hensley picked up the "don't say gay" torch: The replacement Campfield.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 03/16/2017 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Fly on the Wall 1464

Joe Briggs beat Stacey Campfield, not Hensley.
http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/polit…

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Posted by B on 03/16/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

I don't have kids. I am fine with my tax dollars going to public education. I am not fine with my tax dollars going to private education, especially when that includes schools that teach children that a book of mythology trumps science.

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Posted by B on 03/16/2017 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Against Vouchers for Shelby County

A pilot program involves maybe a class of 20 students, not a whole school district. Who buys that this is just an experiment when it is run in the largest school district in TN? And why is it sponsored by legislators who are NOT in the district?

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Posted by Máté Wierdl on 03/16/2017 at 9:12 AM

Re: “The Death of Suburbia

At the risk of causing my conservative friends to smile, sounds like a place of considerable opportunities to me. But tendencies to go for the fast buck and easy carrion will probably just lay further waste.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 03/16/2017 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Suits Target Tips, Horse Massage

What next, will I need a permit to spank my monkey?

Posted by CL Mullins on 03/16/2017 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Sleazy Peasy: Blackbird is an Intense Encounter at Theatre South

It's not the Second Coming, but it's a strong arrival, and done on a shoestring.

Posted by Chris Davis on 03/16/2017 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Another Tale of Two Cities: How to Deal With Donald Trump: PART ONE

Did you wear your vagina hat?

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Posted by Clyde on 03/16/2017 at 7:06 AM

Re: “More Money, More Attorneys

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Posted by JohnDurham on 03/16/2017 at 6:42 AM

Re: “Sleazy Peasy: Blackbird is an Intense Encounter at Theatre South

Ok. I must see this, but I don't want to. I'm expecting the Second Coming.

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Posted by mayfield on 03/15/2017 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Does Anyone Remember This TV Show?

Has anyone heard of a show called "Young America Sings" hosted by Dick Hawley in the '50s?

Posted by Jessica Dorris on 03/15/2017 at 6:07 PM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

APop,
"corruption is not in itself political power" It is a mighty component, especially when you can't simply liquidate opposition.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 03/15/2017 at 5:35 PM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

@Grove,

We may have to disagree on the power of school boards. The power to issue contracts is economic power, but not political. Political power at its heart is the ability to use force to require people to do what you want them to do. School boards govern school systems but do not administer them. That is, they are not supposed to be involved in the day-to-day activities of the school system. Their role is not to run the system but to insure the system is run correctly. Meaning in a business like manner and in compliance with applicable laws of the state and the policies of the State Department of Education, from which laws and policies they must insure the systems administration does not deviate.

I certainly agree that having any economic power can lead to corruption. However, corruption is not in itself political power but rather a violation of public trust, which policy making boards can do as well as any other type of elected body.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 03/15/2017 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Violent Crimes Are Down, Property Crimes Are Up

LBC,
Forget the stick, let'em try to sneak off with a 3 on a tree.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 03/15/2017 at 5:02 PM

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