Friday, June 22, 2012

June 22nd, outsourced

Here's a thoughtful look at American children who accompany their deported parent(s) to Mexico and have trouble adjusting.


When your kid behaves well on an airplane, luck/whim/chance has just as much to do with it as your own time-consuming preparations. So true. [HT Suzanne]

So much common sense in this Mormon-slanted article about naming babies. [HT Jennifer]

In Russia, every other janitor and taxi driver had a PhD. Here's more stories of really educated people working jobs that are technically below their skill level.

I'm not done reading it yet, but I want to share this article too badly to delay it until next week: Why Women Still Can't Have it All. I keep coming across a sentence or a paragraph to excerpt for you here to entice you to read it, but there are too many. I lost the author for a few paragraphs in the beginning when I found out that she left her "position of power" (as a director at the State Department) not to devote herself to being a SAHM for her two children...but to resume her career as a tenured professor at Princeton where she "[teaches] a full course load; [writes] regular print and online columns on foreign policy; [gives] 40 to 50 speeches a year; [appears] regularly on TV and radio; and [is] working on a new academic book." WELL. OK, so she's not exactly an everywoman but she doesn't claim to be, either. Anyway. Read the article and then we can discuss it. Oh, just one quote:
"Ultimately, it is society that must change, coming to value choices to put family ahead of work just as much as those to put work ahead of family. If we really valued those choices, we would value the people who make them; if we valued the people who make them, we would do everything possible to hire and retain them; if we did everything possible to allow them to combine work and family equally over time, then the choices would get a lot easier."

3 comments:

  1. I read the article (mostly - it was really long!) about women working, and found it interesting. I found, however, that it applied to more than women. The crazy, crazy work schedules (and I laughed when I read that this woman worked for State. Brandon worked at State during our evacuation and saw her situation in person) aren't just bad for women, they're bad for EVERYONE. Luckily Brandon doesn't derive his sense of fulfillment from job advancement, because if he ever wanted to be Important, I think I'd slit my wrists because of the time commitment required. The last ambassador here had to have his wife bring their baby to work so he could actually see her every now and then. The positions of power are filled by crazy people who have to have their lives consumed by work in order to get where they are. And then they make everyone else's lives miserable because they figure that if they're crazy, you should be too. [step down from soapbox]

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  2. Oh, and I laughed about the plane story. SO TRUE.

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  3. The Farsi article reminds of the time someone called the police at BYU because of some Arabic writing in chalk on the sidewalk...

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