“Miami Police Officer Lydia Marquez’s Facebook Plea: ‘Everyone’s Life Matters”
Ok, I can’t take it anymore, and the it being ignorance! Know that ignorance in itself is not necessarily evil (It could just be not knowing, unaware, etc.); and I truly believe that Ms. Marquez is a good person and means to do some good with her statement.
But, as educators one of our ultimate job descriptions is to defeat ignorance; as I believe it to be a primary source of most of the problems we face in the world. Yes, I tend to see most things in life, in the context of education. The other day, a former student Nicole Lucas ask for three words that would improve the state of Black America? My answer: More-Better-Education! Once, someone inquired of me in frustration: “Do you believe that there is any problem in the world that can’t be fixed through education?” My answer: “Nope!”
And so I have come to the conclusion that some folks just can’t conceptually wrap their brains around the intellectually challenging and complex phrase: “Black Lives Matter” (which is a little different from just casually dismissing people as being: “racist”). Since I am one of those who does not believe in the “inherent evil” of standardized assessments, because when utilized properly they can both teach and tell us a great deal (And I am happy that my doctor, lawyer, dentist, accountant, and the pilots from my latest airplane flight, had to take them!) And so how about this quiz as a “Lesson Starter”:
If someone says: “In the US there should be equal pay for men and women”; this statement most likely means the following. Choose one:
(a) We should start paying men less money than women for the same work and job titles.
(b) We don’t care if a man is receiving an unfair wage in a particular work situation/position.
(c) Only women should set the salary levels in the nation. (Be careful here ladies, this would be considered a tempting distractor in psychometrics :-)
(d) Men and women should receive the same salaries when they work in the same job titles; and do the same type of work.
Extra Credit Question: “What is the author of this quote trying to convey with this statement; and how does it connect to the question of our quiz?”
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald