11/14/10 Sunday reading

As part of my random smattering of eclectic news, here’s what I’ve found on this Sunday morning…..

1) Newsflash! Latinos now make up over 50% of students enrolled in California!

General response, duh….

As a native southern Californian and even as a migrant to the north of the state, I can only say that I am NOT surprised by this finding, as it was an inevitable reality.  Exponential growth, continuous migration, and generations continuing to settle here is no new information.  However, the article frames the statistic nicely in the political/educational debate of what the future of California will be.  Bilingual education for whites as well as Latinos?  Parental political involvement in these schools to increase or will the disenfranchised parents remain silent on the educational decisions for their American citizen children?

2) Facebook v Google

In one of Wired’s themes for the week, they’ve begun to analyze the new potential face-off between Facebook and Google.  With rumors of some sort of Facebook email swirl and the competition for ads heats up, the small skirmishes between Microsoft and Yahoo! now seem small contests for Google.

3) The US Budget puzzle

Although this is not really an article to read, I thought the NY Times Budget Puzzle is a great interactive way for people to learn about the US budget and evaluate how funds are spent and estimate how you would reduce spending.  If I was a government teacher, I would SO use this as part of my class project.  I may still make an argument for it my own course yet…..

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