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Dregs One: A response to Vice Magazine, San Francisco's people of privilege, and social workers who be fakin' the fonk:

THIS. guh. this this this. i was disgusted by the vice article several times over, even after i read the edited version that removed the privacy violating information it initially contained.

this response is honest and thoughtful and inspiring. please give it a read, particularly if you’re a bay area resident. the tenderloin is a confluence of systemic and social structures that shape it. for its art, its diversity, its strength, and its character, it’s one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city. its residents deserve more people like dregs one advocating on its behalf and less of anyone stereotyping and diminishing it as was done in the initial vice article.

“The way she describes her clients, the neighborhood, and the people in it rings of privilege and lack of empathy and true understanding. Her wording and descriptions match the stereotypes that most people have towards drug users, the homeless, and people of color- especially those stereotypes that are prevalent in San Francisco today. It’s an insult to the work that myself and many other dedicated individuals do in this community, as well as the people who live here.”

please read. discuss. share.

dregsone:

A friend of mine sent me this article last night and it pissed me off. This morning I decided to write an open response:

Social work in the Tenderloin will kill something inside of you

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There is no denying that the Tenderloin is a rough neighborhood. The poverty, drug peddling,…

M.I.T. Game-Changer: Free Online Education For All

 The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) will announce on Monday that they intend to launch an online learning initiative called M.I.T.x,which will offer the online teaching of M.I.T. courses free of charge to anyone in the world.

The program will not allow students to earn an M.I.T. degree. Instead, those who are able to exhibit a mastery of the subjects taught on the platform will receive an official certificate of completion. The certificate will obviously not carry the weight of a traditional M.I.T. diploma, but it will provide an incentive to finish the online material. According to the New York Times, in order to prevent confusion, the certificate will be a credential bearing the distinct name of a new not-for-profit body that will be created within M.I.T.

The new online platform will look to build upon the decade-long success of the university’s original free online platform, OpenCourseWare (OCW), which has been used by over 100 million students and contains course material for roughly 2,100 classes. The new M.I.T.x online program will not compete with OCW in the number of courses that it offers. However, the program will offer students a greater interactive experience.

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