"System change is now inevitable. Either because we do something about it, or because we will be hit by climate change. '...

"We need to develop economic models that are fit for purpose. The current economic frameworks, the ones that dominate our governments, these frameworks... the current economic frameworks, the neoclassical, the market frameworks, can deal with small changes. It can tell you the difference, if a sock company puts up the price of socks, what the demand for socks will be. It cannot tell you about the sorts of system level changes we are talking about here. We would not use an understanding of laminar flow in fluid dynamics to understand turbulent flow. So why is it we are using marginal economics, small incremental change economics, to understand system level changes?"

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Texas School Board

The Texas State Board of Education is looking a bit saner after Republican primaries yesterday.
Thomas Ratliff upset State Board of Education member Don McLeroy in a Republican primary nail-biter... Appointed board chairman in 2007, McLeroy has been the poster-child for the board’s conservative bloc with his affable tone but strident ideology. ... His defeat is substantial blow to the conservatives.
on the other hand
Dallas Republican Geraldine Miller, a member of the board’s moderate faction, lost to teacher George Clayton in that primary, the Associated Press announced around 12:30 p.m. There is no Democrat contending for this seat, either.
Miller has been a fixture on the board since 1984 and the surge by Clayton was not expected.
Although Clayton reassuring;y says “As an educator, I see the question of curriculum and textbook content as a simple task; both should be agenda free,” this late unexpected surge does not bode well, as it smacks of the creationist M.O. And he is also quoted as saying ""It's seems to me you can't be taught the one [evolution] without the other [creationism]," Clayton said. "It's an impossibility to talk about evolution without mentioning creationism."

The Texas Observer has much more.

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