Smart Links 14 March 2012
Commentary on how women are changing the world, the economic box China is in, leaving Goldman, protecing democracy in the 21st century, the great reforms underway in public education, and fixing aboriginal education.
Roar. (ed’s note -- Ottawa Citizen -- House of Commons to hold abortion-related debate in April)
New York Times -- Don’t Tread on Us
Hillary Clinton has fought for women’s rights around the world. But who would have dreamed that she would have to fight for them at home?
Women World Summit -- Hillary Clinton
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at the 2012 Women in the World Summit in New York City.
Financial Times -- China needs a new growth model, not a stimulus
China is slowing down.
Blowing the whistle.
New York Times -- Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs
TODAY is my last day at Goldman Sachs. After almost 12 years at the firm — first as a summer intern while at Stanford, then in New York for 10 years, and now in London — I believe I have worked here long enough to understand the trajectory of its culture, its people and its identity.
Protecting democracy in the 21st century.
New York Review of Books -- On Intellectuals and Democracy
Intellectual activity is a little bit like seduction. If you go straight for your goal, you almost certainly won’t succeed.
Getting education right.
RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms
This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award.
Related. Thanks to Tony of Victoria.
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Getting first world education outcomes to aboriginal children by fixing their world.
Globe and Mail -- It still comes down to fixing the reserves
It’s reflexive in certain quarters, especially when teachers unions are up in arms, to chastise Canada’s school systems for all manner of weaknesses.
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Ultimately, the most successful societies find the balance between the twin virtues of inequality of outcomes and equality of opportunity.
The new politics must marry the twin virtues of unequal outcomes and equality of opportunity.
When too few get too much everybody loses.
Feminism is about women living their lives on their own terms, marshaling the resources of the society to make that possible, and men embracing this as vital to a successful society and their own liberation.
Can it be that striving for equality of opportunity however imperfect the process not only benefits the individual but also creates benefits for the society that are unintended but wonderful?
Economics must be a 'moral enterprise' as much as politics claims to be. Economic outcomes need to be framed in terms of right and wrong not just efficiency if only because these often align in surprising ways that are good for society and the economy.
My vision of Canada is that any Canadian child from a family of limited circumstance can expect to have a chance at lifetime of unlimited opportunities.
Tax policy should be founded on the principle of generating steady tax revenues sufficient to maximise environmentally sustainable economic growth in order to fund fair government.
Public policy should be designed to decrease inequality before the law and increase equality of opportunity.
Capitalism is not the problem; the problem is what we do with capitalism.
Content is always more difficult to argue than conspiracy.
Let the state regulate and the market operate (most things).
Welfare strategies are best designed as a hand up, not as a hand out.
Political debate should not be fact free fighting.
Explanation lasts longer than eloquence.
Always favour empowerment over dependency.
The most enduring public figures are embraced for the causes they fought for and not the concept of themselves they hoped others would remember them by.
Find your voice and don't be the echo of somebody else.
It is possible to operate on two different levels: the practical, cautious and conservative; and the realm of ideas, open, free, and radical.