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Claim: Image from a 1979 Pakistan airline advertisement shows the shadow of a jetliner on the World Trade Center.

Claim: Image from a 1979 Pakistan airline advertisement shows the shadow of a jetliner on the World Trade Center.

1979 Pakistan Airline Advertisement

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Philippe Halsman: Dali Atomicus, 1948

Philippe Halsman: Dali Atomicus, 1948

Halsman and Dali Playing

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Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images Cars line the runway and taxiways at Calverton Executive Airpark in Calverton, N.Y.

Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images
Cars line the runway and taxiways at Calverton Executive Airpark in Calverton, N.Y.

Where Cars Go After A Flood

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Photo by Barry Z. Levine

Photo by Barry Z. Levine

Woodstock 45 years Later: Still Stardust, Still Golden…

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Life Magazine/Grace Jones

Life Magazine/Grace Jones

Grace Jones Secrets

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Photo: Opium Museum  Americans smoke opium in a Chinese-run opium den in New York City's Chinatown in 1925.

Photo: Opium Museum
Americans smoke opium in a Chinese-run opium den in New York City’s Chinatown in 1925.

Opium Dens

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Photo: © Bettmann/CORBIS

Photo: © Bettmann/CORBIS

Acrobats Performing on the Edge Of The Empire State Building

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Stop telling women to smile

The collapse of standards in NY schools

There is a massive problem with NY public funded schooling.

It is to be expected with a left wing mayor intent on protecting the unionised education workforce.

Technically speaking, New York state Education Commissioner John King was correct when he insisted last week that “we are not retreating” on school standards. So true — it’s more like a surrender.

King’s attempt to put a happy face on the rout was wishful thinking, as the parade of white flags reveals. The commissioner has been admirably bold in pushing onward, but now marches mostly alone.

From Albany to City Hall, the education-reform movement is grinding to a halt. Meaningful teacher evaluations and standardized tests for students are either on hold or moving into the mushy world of educrat gobbledygook, where vapid self-esteem is prized more than real results.

To be sure, the collapse didn’t happen all at once. It recalls the Ernest Hemingway dialogue in “The Sun Also Rises.”

When a man asks, “How did you go bankrupt?” another answers, “Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.”

So it is with the collapse of standards. What started as a trickle is now a gusher wiping away the tentative progress on accountability.

The biggest blow came with an innocuous-sounding press release from city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. She announced a new promotion policy for grades 3 through 8 that “takes the temperature down around testing” while allowing “educators to make decisions about the students they know best while maintaining high standards.”

In plain English, that means that even if tests show Johnny can’t read, we’re giving him a gold star and sending him on to the next grade, where he’ll fall further behind before being passed on again. That’s the gist of social promotion, and it’s now ­official city policy.

Mayor de Blasio later boasted of the move, saying, “We’re ­going to in every way we can move away from high-stakes testing.”

Presumably, that means he favors low-stakes testing, which is testing that doesn’t matter. Welcome to the new mayor’s education plan, where he’ll be able to claim victory because failure has been outlawed.   Read more »

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Photo by Hal Morey

Photo by Hal Morey

 

NYC Grand Central Station, 1929

 

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