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Dream-casting American Gods (not that anyone asked!)

I’ve been browsing through a few other Dream Casting blogs and I have to say I am NOT impressed. The two characters that I clearly visualized while reading Neil Gaiman’s American Gods were Shadow , who is the main character, and Wednesday, who is a very larger than life character. I think a lot of people are excited to see how this book turned into a TV series, I know I am ; however, I believe the casting that has been done reflects people’s favorite actors instead of the actors I believe would be best in their roles.

I will begin with Shadow, who is described in the book as other than white. It is speculated by other characters, that Shadow maybe mixed race including Hispanic or possibly black. Those shadow is in his 30’s, it is also stated by the narrator that he looks younger I would cast a mixed-race man in his late 20’s or early 30’s.

Jesse Williams - The Cabin in the Woods.

According to the International movie database, he is half Swedish and half African American. He was born in 1981 and is from Chicago Illinois.

Brendan Gleeson - 28 Days Later.

Wednesday is described in the book as a graying-red haired, middle-aged looking man about the height of Shadow.

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Since the 1980s, the main driver of Finnish education policy has been the idea that every child should have exactly the same opportunity to learn, regardless of family background, income, or geographic location. Education has been seen first and foremost not as a way to produce star performers, but as an instrument to even out social inequality.

In the Finnish view, as Sahlberg describes it, this means that schools should be healthy, safe environments for children. This starts with the basics. Finland offers all pupils free school meals, easy access to health care, psychological counseling, and individualized student guidance.

In fact, since academic excellence wasn’t a particular priority on the Finnish to-do list, when Finland’s students scored so high on the first PISA survey in 2001, many Finns thought the results must be a mistake. But subsequent PISA tests confirmed that Finland — unlike, say, very similar countries such as Norway — was producing academic excellence through its particular policy focus on equity.

That this point is almost always ignored or brushed aside in the U.S. seems especially poignant at the moment, after the financial crisis and Occupy Wall Street movement have brought the problems of inequality in America into such sharp focus. The chasm between those who can afford $35,000 in tuition per child per year — or even just the price of a house in a good public school district — and the other “99 percent” is painfully plain to see.

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland’s School Success - Anu Partanen - The Atlantic (via markcoatney)

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