I wish I had said that dep’t


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he is not worried how history will remember him “because if I have my way, there won’t be any history teachers.”

Author: Jonathan Zasloff

Jonathan Zasloff teaches Torts, Land Use, Environmental Law, Comparative Urban Planning Law, Legal History, and Public Policy Clinic - Land Use, the Environment and Local Government. He grew up and still lives in the San Fernando Valley, about which he remains immensely proud (to the mystification of his friends and colleagues). After graduating from Yale Law School, and while clerking for a federal appeals court judge in Boston, he decided to return to Los Angeles shortly after the January 1994 Northridge earthquake, reasoning that he would gladly risk tremors in order to avoid the average New England wind chill temperature of negative 55 degrees. Professor Zasloff has a keen interest in world politics; he holds a PhD in the history of American foreign policy from Harvard and an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University. Much of his recent work concerns the influence of lawyers and legalism in US external relations, and has published articles on these subjects in the New York University Law Review and the Yale Law Journal. More generally, his recent interests focus on the response of public institutions to social problems, and the role of ideology in framing policy responses. Professor Zasloff has long been active in state and local politics and policy. He recently co-authored an article discussing the relationship of Proposition 13 (California's landmark tax limitation initiative) and school finance reform, and served for several years as a senior policy advisor to the Speaker of California Assembly. His practice background reflects these interests: for two years, he represented welfare recipients attempting to obtain child care benefits and microbusinesses in low income areas. He then practiced for two more years at one of Los Angeles' leading public interest environmental and land use firms, challenging poorly planned development and working to expand the network of the city's urban park system. He currently serves as a member of the boards of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (a state agency charged with purchasing and protecting open space), the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (the leading legal service firm for low-income clients in east Los Angeles), and Friends of Israel's Environment. Professor Zasloff's other major activity consists in explaining the Triangle Offense to his very patient wife, Kathy.

52 thoughts on “I wish I had said that dep’t”

  1. Readers will note that here the dishonest debater Malcolm begins to shift the goalposts. He claims to have argued “most vocational training occurs more effectively on the job than in a classroom.” Of course this was not his argument at all. He inserts the phrase “more effectively”, changing the meanin of his argument entirely. We went from a quantitative argument to a qualitative argument. With that I consider the matter closed. Malcolm is dishonest.

    “I provided my sources.”

    No you didn’t. You claimed that most vocational training occurs on the job and provided no evidence for this beyond your word, which is worthless considering you have demonstrated nothing but dishonesty.

    “Last chance, troll, or I henceforth ignore all your ignorant, mendacious, hostile comments.”

    Oh boo hoo! A dishonest troll on the internet will ignore me! Oh noes! What ever will I do when blog trolls ignore me?

  2. Okay, Benny, you get a rebuttal.
    (Benny): “He claims to have argued ‘most vocational training occurs more effectively on the job than in a classroom.’ Of course this was not his argument at all.”
    My first comment in this thread: “…It does not take 12 years at $12,000 per pupil year to teach a normal child to read and compute. Most vocational training occurs more effectively on the job than in a classroom. State provision of History, Civics, and Economics instruction is a threat to democracy.”
    So that was my claim. It is also the case that most vocational training occurs, in fact, on the job. Most of the world’s work is grunt work.
    (Malcolm): “I provided my sources.”
    (Benny): “No you didn’t. You claimed that most vocational training occurs on the job…”
    Readers may backtrack and assess. “I provided my sources” was in response to Benny’s admonition:…

    Finally Ben, you should never accept evidence from a troll like Malcolm without checking it first. For example in Ireland…

    . The discussion concerned public school and private school participation rates, internationally. As Benny’s “in Ireland…” comment indicates.

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