Just over here still being weirdly interested in car financing (average monthly payment in 2020 is $576!!!!)

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Buying expensive SUVs like it's 2007 all over again Image
But some of it's higher cost electric vehicles, too — this is interesting Image
Anyway if you are a person with car thoughts, I am trying to get my head around what's happening and would like to chat; DMs open

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3 Apr
Childcare is incredibly expensive for parents — and yet the people doing the work are paid very little, w/15-25% below the poverty line nationwide. No one's getting rich.
It's a classic market failure — and has been for decades:

You know what we've historically done with other services, like K-12 education, road construction, sewage treatment, public park maintenance, that would also be massive market failures? We decide to fund them publicly!
This would've happened YEARS ago if not for regressive baggage about affordable care "incentivizing" women to work out of the home — and also the enduring expectation that women, and women of color in particular, should essentially do this work for free
Read 6 tweets
2 Apr
I started out reporting this piece by focusing on the high cost of childcare & how to lessen the burden; turns out there's one weird fix, but I was thinking about the entire problem the wrong way

What if we think of childcare not as a personal responsibility, something to endure and forget about when you get through it, but a public good, deserving of public funding — and, like other public school jobs, treat it as a "good job" & pathway to the middle class?
The percentage of early childhood educators living below the poverty line is *astonishing.* So is the pay gap between ECE workers w/degrees and K-8 teachers. The turnover rate is so expensive — plus you're driving so many people who love the work out of the profession
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1 Apr
Wrote about how the future of remote, hybrid work is.....working with friends, working in co-working spaces, working in coffee shops, working, periodically, in the office, aka, the opposite of lonely

All of these arguments about "how will we cultivate friendship or fight loneliness if we don't have the office" are built on the very broken pre-pandemic supposition of the office as the center of our lives

And we should be very wary of conflating the desire to get out of our houses and be in the same space as other people with the desire to be back in the office:

Read 7 tweets
28 Mar
Wrote a very loose and meandering essay in figures that somehow goes from the fact that a budget dress in 1935 was about $95 in today's dollars to the price of a 2007 Toyota Tacoma w/112,213 miles & average rent for a 1BD apt in Whitefish, MT ($1815):

Still just flabbergasted at what's happening with the used car market:
Which, I dunno, might have something to do with the fact that the *average* new car cost in Dec 2020 was $40,107:

Read 5 tweets
21 Mar
Yes, it is quite a punchline that the Idaho Legislature had to shut down b/c of a COVID outbreak while.....trying to pass a bill that would prevent local govts from instituting mask mandates:

But as this was happening, a handful of far right legislators met and managed to advance a bill that would prohibit racism or sexism from being taught in school:

Under this bill, schools could not teach:

- An individual’s race or sex means they are consciously or unconsciously racist, sexist or oppressive

- An individual bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by members of the same race or sex
Read 5 tweets
21 Mar
I asked teachers to tell me about their demoralization — and how it differs from burnout.

It’s about the pay, but it’s more than that. It’s about the effects of standardized testing, but it’s more than that. It’s about COVID, but it's more than that.

"I'd leave tomorrow if I could find a steady job w/benefits. I feel like the past year has really unearthed what the community thinks about teachers, & I'm going to find it very difficult to continue to work in that environment without succumbing to really paralyzing resentment"
"Many days I find myself unable to move through the rage I feel, my anger rising as our nation’s teachers are blamed for the failings of the downright cruel society we’ve built. Teachers are once again a scapegoat for all of the failures of all the systems in America."
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