Education Politics Versus Education Policy: The Die is Cast to Cross the Rubicon…and Retreat

first_imgSimply Thinking ThoughtsIn my thinking thoughts I considered the currentinteractionsbetweenEducation Minister Werner and the Legislature, the overnight metamorphosis of Minister Werner’s widely contested reform constructs from a so-called proposal to a Government of Liberia GOL mandate, the subsequent intervention of the GOL through its tough talking Information Minister Lewis Brown, and the consequential letters from President Sirleaf to the House of Representatives.Considering the trend of events which has escalated to summoning the President, it appears like a duel between education politics and education policy that can be compared to Julius Caesar’s decision to “Cross the River Rubicon” in defiance of Roman Law has ensued; whether it will be a “win-win,” “lose-lose’ or “win-lose,” only time will tell.Meaning of the Die is Cast toCross the RubiconIn simple terms, “Casting the die to cross the Rubicon” means to take a decision to do something forbidden or to step beyond some bounds set, and be prepared to face the consequences, like Julius Caesar in 59 BC. For example if your father told you not to attend your school’s gala day after you have fully prepared as the band leader or else you get thrown out of his house, and you thought about the consequences, and decided to go anyhow, the die is cast, you have crossed the Rubicon.You see, Julius Caesar, born with unbridled political ambition and unsurpassed oratory skills, manipulated his way to the position of consul of Rome in 59 BC.,and later became governor.According to the story, General Caesar’s popularity with the people soared, presenting a threat to the power of the Senate. Accordingly, the Senate called upon Caesar to resign his command and disband his army or risk being declared an “Enemy of the State”. The decision Caesar had to make was to either acquiesce to the Senate’s command or move southward to confront the Senate and plunge the Roman Republic into a bloody civil war. Now, an ancient Roman law forbade any general from moving southward which meant crossing the Roman Legionary Rubicon River and entering Italy proper with a standing army. To do so was treason. When Caesar arrived at the river with his men, he hesitated to cross for that would bring war.Anyhow, Caesar snatched a trumpet from one of his followers and ran to the Rubicon soundingthepiercing “Advance!” blast and crossed to the other side. Caesar cried out, ‘Let us go where the omens of the Gods and the crimes of our enemies summon us! THE DIE IS NOW CAST! We will defy the Senate and cross the Rubicon River, come what may!Education Politics The apparent stand-off between the GOL and the House of Representatives over whether the closure of schools is proposal or mandate by GOL can be metaphorically relatedto the “Crossing the Rubicon” story as it has taken on a more political posture instead of a debate over a policy to ensure quality pedagogy and stratified andragogy.Initially when Education Minister Werner was summoned, it was with much humility that he denied ever speaking of “study class” although he admitted halting the WAEC and averred that his actions were “proposals” awaiting approval.It was to those ends that the House of Representatives ordered him, and he apparently agreed, to retract the WAEC letter, and conduct a media conference to retract his statements, whether made or not.Amazingly, no sooner had Werner agreed to comply than Information Minister Lewis Brown hit the air waves to declare the so-called proposal as“mandate” from GOL, hence, baffling the whole nation on whether this act was a form of defiance or a result of close door “head hanging”Consequently, the whole situation has become politicized to the point that President Sirleaf, Information Minister Brown, and Education Minister Werner have been summoned to appear before the House of Representatives.This is now going to be purely politics over education instead of education policy. Education Policy Unfortunately, Education Policy though not totally divorced of politics, is procedural, based on professional savvy,sharp administrative acumen, and spurred by quality pedagogy instead of “points scoring” as is appearing to be the case in the current melee between “the Honourables” and “The Honorables”From my perspectives as a seasoned education policy professional,Minister Werner made painstaking attemptsto explain to the honorable House that his actions were in line with regular policy promulgation procedure. Before a policy is approved and implementedit must first go into the forum. It is the consultation with stake holders including, parents, students, and donors; it is like a vision that needs to be shared, understood and approved before being rolled out. In the forum, the policy is articulatedfor support, refinement, or augmentation if possible.From the forum, the policy then goes to the arena, in this case theHouse of Representatives where it is debated contested and approved, and sent to the President for signing and implementation; the process which has led to the current budget hearings at the Legislature is a clear example of how policies are promulgated.Traditional Authority to SummonSummoning of presidential appointees by the Legislature is commonplace tradition and not new to the cabinet. Before Minister Brown’s fearless declaration, there may have been moments of hesitation among cabinet members before they determined that the House lacked authority to summon Minister Werner.Unfortunately, otherpresidential appointees overtime have been summoned;Ministers Gewnigale, Etmonia Tarpeh, and Amara Konneh were summoned several times; Werner as CSA boss was summoned and the list goes on.The point at which the Executive Branch resolved that the House dos not possess summoning power anymore, and the move to re-name proposal as mandate, and refusal to retract the “proposal” to the disappointment of the Representatives was where it crossed the Rubicon and waged war on a group always perched for such interactions. Prudent RetreatIn the “Die isCast” story, Julius Caesar did not retreat, but fought on tooth and nail until he vanquished his foes and took the helmof authority of the Roman Empire.While Hon. Lewis Brown’s declaration was an act of crossing the Rubicon, President Sirleaf’s ameliorating “win-win” letter to the House is the prudent retreat.Inmy view, when thePresident wrote that consultations were ongoing to ensure all stakeholders are on par with the decision, this was a retreat. In her letter, she prudently assured the Honorable House that the policy proposal was after all, not a mandate as Lewis Brown had fearlessly declared, and as a matter of fact it has been returned to the forum to be debated before bringing it back to the arena, the House of Representatives, as should have been the case. I wonder if George Werner and Lewis Brown ever anticipate such a prudent “win-win” retreat letter before they chose to cross theRubicon. Hon. Lewis Brown and Werner should never forget that in warfare, each time a commander orders a retreat from engagement, there is casualty; foot soldiers are left behind enemy lines, enemy and friendly bullets hit the backs of retreating soldiers, and stampede over one another to get to safety are common casualties.To these ends, as the nation remains “all ears” to hear the President’s response to the House’s summon, we only pray the education pursuits of Liberian children not be further threatened.BenedictionThe book of Thessalonians clearly advises, “In everything give thanks for this is the will of Godin Christ Jesus concerning you” We may never know that the situation which we are considering bad luck could be one God has designed to vindicate and protect our country you from evil, favoritism, and vices of this world.Now to Him who is able to present us faultless before the throne of the only wise God; to him be glory, majesty and dominion in Jesus name. Amen.About the authorThe Rivercess Man, Moses Blonkanjay Jackson is a triple Ivy League product, and a Jesuit protégé; Mr. Jackson is a Yale University Mathematics Curriculum Fellow, and a University of Pennsylvania Physics Curriculum Fellow. Mr. Jackson holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard University and a Master of Education with Secondary Mathematics concentration from Saint Joseph’s University. Mr. Jackson is a candidate for the Doctor of Education degree.Blonkanjay Jackson (The Mwalimu-Koh) was recently removed from the position of Assistant Minister for Teacher Education, having diligently served the Government of Liberia for two years. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

From state bodies to players, BCCI releases funds for all

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 13 (PTI) The BCCI has released pending payments to various stakeholders which include Test match centres, state bodies, match fee of India players besides salary of coaches and commentators. Also the IPL franchises were paid one installment of their share from the “Net Central Rights”. The boards website has uploaded all the payments and specific heads under which the invoices have been created from January to March. According to payments made in March, the cash-strapped Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) have been paid approx Rs 1.69 crore under the head: “Advance against amount due to association”. The amount has been released on March 22 and will go a long way to help the staff, who have not been paid salaries for months. The BCCI has also paid Rs 1.45 crore and Rs 5.54 crore (approx) on two separate counts — property tax and service tax — on behalf of DDCA. The payments to various Test centres have also been made. Accordingly, Himachal Pradesh and Hyderabad have received approximately Rs 2.82 crore each while Maharashtra and Andhra were paid Rs 4.52 crore respectively. Among the IPL franchises — promoters of KKR and Sunrisers received Rs 21 crore each, while Kings XI Punjab received Rs 22.5 crore. The promoters of Mumbai Indians — Indiawin Sports Private Limited and Delhi Daredevils owner GMR Sports received Rs 23 crore each. All the top Indian players received their match fees plus retainership fees for various tours during the last international season. Chief coach Anil Kumble has received “professional fees” of approx Rs 48.75 lakh each for December and January while Rahul Dravid, currently coach Delhi Daredevils, has received two separate amounts of Rs 41.44 lakh and Rs 1.89 crore (approx) during the 2016 season for coaching India U-19 and A sides. The top Indian commentators have also been paid their fees for various broadcasting assignments. Both Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri have been paid approx Rs 56.93 lakh each for the England series. Likewise, L Sivaramakrishnan and Sanjay Manjrekar were paid Rs 26.25 lakh and Rs 42 lakh respectively for the England series. PTI KHS BS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Fonseca Shakhtar are in control of their fate

first_imgShakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca hailed the importance of their 3-2 Champions League win over Hoffenheim on Tuesday nightThe Ukrainian Premier League leaders needed a stoppage-time goal from Taison to keep their last-16 hopes alive after surrendering a two-goal lead.But, for Fonseca, the victory is what counts with Lyon set to meet them in Ukraine for a mouth-watering Group F decider in a fortnight.“Now everything is in our hands. We understand perfectly well that we need to win the next game vs Lyon,” Fonseca told reporters on the club website.“We know how difficult the fight will be. By drawing with Manchester City, Lyon proved once again that they are a great club.”Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…Whether Shakhtar will be able to host Lyon at home is doubtful due to protests in Ukraine this week over the country’s tense relationship with Russia.“Now, regarding the situation developing around Kharkiv: I personally think that the game will be held right there, I haven’t heard any other instructions yet,” said Fonseca.“But if UEFA decides to hold the meeting elsewhere for some reason, we will try to play in another city in our country.”Shakhtar are third in Group F and two points off second-place Lyon, who drew 2-2 with Manchester City in the other game.last_img read more

Police identify man killed in singlevehicle crash on SR94 in La Mesa

first_imgPolice identify man killed in single-vehicle crash on SR-94 in La Mesa , SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities identified a man killed in a single- vehicle crash on a La Mesa freeway Sunday.Charles Dilhalla III died when he apparently struck a concrete barrier while traveling at over 100 miles per hour.It happened after 9 a.m. on westbound state Route 94, directly under a ramp to state Route 125.Dilhalla was in the slow lane of the 94 when he lost control of his vehicle and it struck a concrete barrier, ejecting him.Witnesses pulled over and attempted to give him CPR. Paramedics arrived and continued CPR, but were unable to revive Dilhalla, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.Three lanes of the freeway had to be blocked while authorities investigated, but all were reopened by the afternoon. Posted: December 10, 2017 UPDATE: All lanes have reopened to traffic on WB SR-94 at SR-125. #SDCaltransAlert— Caltrans San Diego (@SDCaltrans) December 10, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter December 10, 2017last_img read more

RMLD Invites Wilmington High Students To Participate In Art Contest To Commemorate

first_imgREADING, MA — Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) invites high school students from Reading, North Reading, Wilmington, and areas of Lynnfield served by RMLD to showcase their creativity by participating in an art contest to commemorate RMLD’s 125thanniversary. Various art mediums will be accepted, including, but not limited to: drawings, paintings, photography, and graphic art. Finished artwork is due by Friday, August 30, 2019 at 12:00 pm.Students who wish to participate must visit www.rmld.comto review contest materials and register by August 15th. The first 50 students to register by June 15th will receive qualified art supplies valued at up to $20.Each student who submits artwork by the deadline will receive a certificate for ten hours of community service. Three to five winners will be selected based on the number of submissions received and the content of the artwork. Each winner will receive a gift card of up to $100 for qualified school or art supplies. One submission will be selected to be featured on the cover of RMLD’s Annual Report.More information and official contest rules may be found at The above press release is from RMLD.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD Invites Local High School Students To Participate In Summer Art ContestIn “Government”RMLD Invites Wilmington High School Students To Participate in Annual Art ContestIn “Community”Wilmington’s Bonaccorsi Wins Award In RMLD Summer Art ContestIn “Education”last_img read more

The coolest thing I saw at Google IO is code that could

first_imgJames Martin/CNET Google made a lot of announcements at the Google I/O developer conference, but there’s a lot that goes on there that doesn’t get mentioned during the livestreamed keynote presentation. The Nest Hub Max was the biggest announcement related to the smart home. It could be a great product, but it was during the developer’s keynote presentation, held a couple of hours later in front of a much smaller crowd, where I saw a simple developer kit called Local Home SDK that will have a much larger impact on owners of any Google smart speaker or smart display. I wrote about the Local Home SDK in detail at the time. In short, it allows Google’s smart speakers and smart displays to send commands to third-party lights, video cameras, and gadgets directly via local wireless connections, rather than routing commands out through the cloud. Typically, if you give a command to a Google smart speaker, it processes the command in Google’s cloud, then sends the data to the third-party cloud (so the Philips Hue cloud for Philips Hue bulbs, for example), which sends it down to the device. Read more: Google is killing off the Works with Nest program in favor of Works with Google Assistant, and it could mess up your smart home set up.  If device makers adopt Local Home SDK, it could skip the intermediaries and greatly improve the responsiveness of your smart home setup. Pixel 3A review: The cheap phone Google always needed Google Nest Hub Max: A higher-end smart display for Google Assistant Google Maps gets Incognito Mode Google’s next-gen Assistant is 10x faster, knows where your mom lives See all our Google I/O coverage Smart Home Here’s everything that works with Google Home and Home Mini $99 See It Jul 10 • How to get Android 10 right now Tags Jul 24 • Nest Hub Max: Google’s 10-inch Assistant smart display costs $230, debuts Sept. 9 See All $79 Thankfully, your third-party accessory won’t actually be dependent on a nearby Google Home to work. The Local Home SDK builds on top of Google’s traditional smart home codes instead of replacing them. Google will try the local shortcut if it can. If not, it will then send the signal through the third-party cloud as before. Even if the shortcut works, Google does update the third-party cloud of your device after it has responded to your command, so your Philips Hue app will correctly show the current state of your lights. If a company employs the SDK and you already have one of their devices installed and set up with Google Assistant, it will automatically start using the SDK with no necessary input on your part. After the SDK officially launches in October, you could suddenly find that all of your smart home gadgets start responding with no lag. The SDK will also allow you to set up compatible devices with the Google Home app, which will hopefully reduce the number of apps you need on your phone. Necessary patience Under ideal circumstances, the Local Home SDK would see rapid adoption at launch and you’d be able to use Google Assistant to set up and control a bunch of smart home gadgets with no noticeable delay. It’s an appealing pitch, but realistically, it will likely take time for this new tech to catch on if it does at all. Remember, Google Assistant works with 30,000 different devices spread across 3,500 brands. Granted, the SDK isn’t officially live yet, but right now, only one brand actually uses it — GE. Once the kit launches, Google will be asking its partner brands to do the heavy lifting to implement it, necessitating a lot of buy-in before the SDK starts to have a big impact. Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot The attractive element of Google’s vision is the lack of any new proprietary signal protocols and the customer-friendly plan of turning a smart speaker you already have into a hub. If the SDK does catch on, it could finally render traditional hubs obsolete. It could make voice controls in the smart home faster than ever and you as the customer don’t have to do anything to get this upgrade. The biggest obstacle is buy-in from a varied industry, but the potential payoff is exciting enough for me to call Google Local Home SDK my favorite announcement of the Google I/O developer conference.  See it Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it reading • The coolest thing I saw at Google I/O is code that could eliminate smart home lag 3:39 Crutchfield Aug 12 • Google will ask you to migrate your Nest account soon: Here’s what you need to know Aug 26 • Android Q has a name: Android 10. Here’s how you’ll use it Google Home — a hub in disguise Most traditional hubs, such as the SmartThings Hub, have built-in radios for low-frequency signals like Zigbee and Z-Wave. Zigbee and Z-Wave both use minimal power while sending a signal across distances large enough to cover most homes. This allows small gadgets like door sensors to communicate with hubs using these signals without consuming much battery life. Traditional hubs have gradually fallen out of favor since Amazon popularized the smart speaker with the Amazon Echo. Hubs also made it simple to control many gadgets in a single app, but smart speakers make this process even easier for the whole family. Hubs tend to be ugly blocks of plastic that take up space on your router. Popular options like the Revolv have disappeared entirely, but smart speakers still haven’t fully replicated the ability to streamline communication with small sensors so some hubs have remained. Amazon replicated hubs to an extent with one of its smart speakers called the Amazon Echo Plus, which has a Zigbee radio. For Google, the Local Home SDK has the potential to streamline communication with a wider variety of connected gadgets, and it will work with all of Google’s smart speakers and displays instead of just one model. how-to-google-home-10The original Google Home could soon double as a smart home hub. Chris Monroe/CNET SDK = Software Development Kit When it launches in October, the Local Home SDK will be compatible with any type of device that currently works with Google Assistant — the voice-activated digital helper built into Google’s smart speakers, smart displays and phones. In theory, any of Google’s 30,000 compatible gadgets could make use of the SDK. Through the SDK, your Google device will store the data it needs to communicate with any accessory devices like smart thermostats. It will then send a signal over your own Wi-Fi network or via Bluetooth. Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are more common than Zigbee or Z-Wave and the specialized Bluetooth Low Energy is similarly easy on battery power. You can control your gadgets with Google Assistant on your phone when you’re on the road, and the SDK will use Google’s cloud network to dynamically find the smart speaker with the right saved code. Using Google’s side of the cloud command path is still necessary in this case since you’d be sending the command from outside of your home network, but the Local Home SDK will still bypass any third-party cloud transmissions and communicate directly from your Google speaker or smart display to the device you want to control. Your Google Home will essentially act as a bridge, just like a hub. Owning a Google smart speaker or smart display becomes that much more important if you want to use Google Assistant to control your devices, as they’ll be the key to speeding up response time through the SDK. $69 Share your voice Mentioned Above Google Home News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today Now playing: Watch this: Google I/O 2019 See It The Google Nest Hub Max could teach you how to do anything… How To • Make Google Home get your groceries Google Home Walmart CNET may get a commission from retail offers. • 58 Photos Google I/O 2019 Comments Google I/O 2019 CNET Smart Home 2 Nest GE Amazon Bluetooth Google Philipslast_img read more

Kali Linux 20191 released with support for Metasploit 50

first_imgYesterday, Kali Linux’s first release for 2019 was announced. Kali Linux 2019.1 comes with a variety of changes and new features including, support for Metasploit version 5.0, kernel up to version 4.19.13, ARM updates and numerous bug fixes. Users with a Kali installation can upgrade using: root@kali:~# apt update && apt -y full-upgrade You can also download new Kali Linux ISOs directly from the official website or from the Torrent network. What’s new in Kali Linux 2019.1? Support for Metasploit 5.0 The new version of Kali Linux now supports Metasploit version 5.0, which was released last month. Metasploit 5.0 introduces multiple new features including Metasploit’s new database and automation APIs, evasion modules and libraries, expanded language support, improved performance, and more. Kali Linux 2019.1 also includes updated packages for theHarvester, DBeaver, and more. theHarvester helps Penetration testers in the early stages of the penetration test to gather emails, subdomains, hosts, employee names, open ports and banners from different public sources. DBeaver is an SQL client and a database administration tool. Updates to ARM The 2019.1 Kali release for ARM include: The operating system has an upgraded kernel (v4.19.13) that supports the use of both Banana Pi and Banana Pro single board computers. Veyron has also been moved to a 4.19 kernel The Offensive Security virtual machine and ARM images have also been updated to 2019.1 Raspberry Pi images have been simplified. Separate Raspberry Pi images are no longer there for users with TFT LCDs because Kali 2019.1 now comes with re4son’s kalipi-tft-config script on all of them.  For setting up a board with a TFT, users can run ‘kalipi-tft-config’ and follow the prompts. You can go through the changelog to know detailed bug fixes. Read Next Kali Linux 2018 for testing and maintaining Windows security – Wolf Halton and Bo Weaver [Interview] Implementing Web application vulnerability scanners with Kali Linux [Tutorial] Kali Linux 2018.2 releasedlast_img read more