“I’m here to help people who want to learn how to skate, and to make a living. I sometimes compare teaching figure skating to being a taxi driver. When you’re in a taxi, the meter is always running, and when you’re on the ice teaching skating, the meter is always running. You get paid by the hour. So it’s a little different than most people think. They’re always saying, ‘Oh, you do this for the great love of it,’ and ‘Oh, isn’t it wonderful that you devote your life giving all your time to these children.’ Well, it’s not exactly like that. It’s a business. If I have the time to sell, I sell. In other words, get into my taxi and I’ll drive you.”
- One of the many amazing Frank Carroll quotes for which I didn’t have space in my story.
Image by Jim Cooke.
"I loved skating because it meant I could literally fly. Was it really necessary that I be wearing a glittery spandex leotard while I did it? Couldn’t I just barrel down the ice in my tapered mom jeans, frizzy hair flying in the wind?”
- I wrote about my lifelong obsession with Tonya Harding.
Lost in Argentina, 2004.
(Obviously I have just rediscovered an amazing old Shutterfly account I’d totally forgotten about.)
Thanksgiving Tamales; Art by Tram Nguyen
Who's profiting off the school to prison pipeline? -
Because kids certainly aren’t
My thing for The Week.
The thing Philly teachers were worried would happen appears to have happened -
When I was researching this piece about the Philly public school crisis, I asked Fernando Gallard, a spokesman for the school district, what would happen if a child experienced a medical emergency on a day when there was no nurse present at his or her school. He said that in that situation, “the first thing to do is call 911 with a nurse or without a nurse — nurses are not there to handle that kind of emergency.”
But what if teachers — who by the way are not required to have advanced medical training! — do not recognize a medical emergency when they see it? That’s what appears to have happened recently when a child complained to her teacher that she was feeling ill. There was no nurse on the premises. The child died.
Did you know Dana Brody lives in Bed-Stuy now?
It’s… important that wealthy people understand that they would do better with a smaller share of a rapidly growing economy than a large share of one that is growing painfully slowly. This is not a matter of taking money out of their pockets and giving to the middle-class and poor. It’s not a matter of redistribution. Everybody can do better. — I talked to former labor secretary Robert Reich for Interview.
Finally, an excuse to send Tram cat pictures.