***Why Don’t More Men Go Into Teaching? (NY Times)
"Educators, advocates and lawmakers fight bitterly about tenure, academic standards and the prevalence of testing, but one thing most sides tend to agree on is the importance of raising the status of teaching so the profession will attract the best candidates... The median pay for an elementary school teacher is now about $40,000."
This is like asking why more kids don't study engineering in college. Why? Because the smart kids see where the money is, and they go there. Even trained engineers often head into finance, and those with more of a liberal arts bent head for law school.
Speaking personally, I would love to teach junior high or high school history, but as the article says, it won't pay my mortgage.
For Jihad Recruits, a Pipeline From Minnesota to Militancy (NY Times)
"The radicalization of the men prompted federal investigations and brought enormous scrutiny to the Somali population in Minneapolis, the largest in America. (Estimates put Minnesota’s Somali population around 30,000.) As Shabab forces withdrew from Mogadishu under pressure from African forces supported by the United States, people here held anti-Shabab rallies, and prosecutors eventually won convictions against eight local men on charges stemming from the flow of money and recruits to the militants."
These guys were looking for something, and they found it. The something they found was not the American Dream.
Some Chinese Tourists Visit New York but Sleep in New Jersey (NY Times)
"By 7:30 a.m., the 56 tourists from China were standing in line in the parking lot of the hotel in which they had spent the night.
They were eager to do the things first-time tourists do — sail past the Statue of Liberty, stand atop the Empire State Building and stroll through the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
But first they had to get to the city.
That meant climbing aboard a shiny tour bus and settling in for a 45-minute ride past roadside billboards and a state prison and through the Holland Tunnel."
Breaking news! Hotels in New York are expensive, and they tend to be small!
Inside @Army_Football 47-39 victory over Buffalo #BUFFvsARMY #goARMY pic.twitter.com/ZqeyUgLixJ
— Army Athletics (@ArmyAthletics) September 6, 2014
"It's time to stop tweeting. Go run!" pic.twitter.com/J5ORzPvAFv
— Coastal Running (@coastalrunning) September 7, 2014
I need to go running. We went out to Two Roads after the Army game yesterday, and that was awesome, but it wasn't exactly healthy living. In fact, everything I ate yesterday was either fried, or it was some type of beer.
Heh. This is what triathletes eat, right?