Why All Citizens Must Vote and Take Action.

“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is exercised under cover of law, and with the colors of justice …”– U.S. vs. Jannottie, 673 F.2d 578, 614 (3d Cir. 1982).Collusion of DOJ and Judicial Branch In November, for the election of both members of Congress and the President keep these things in mind: 1. […]

Abuse of the U.S. Judicial Conference Act by $1 million USD Conference

Citizens must demand that their respective Congressmen review the delegation of authority to the Judicial Branch under the U.S. Judicial Conference Act to not only conduct secret meetings with the Executive Branch, as in an upcoming Judicial Boondoggle, but more importantly to use court rules to deprive citizens of substantive rights.  This is because, “[t}here is no […]

RESOLUTION ON HIGH-STAKES TESTING

Please read and circulate!   http://timeoutfromtesting.org/nationalresolution/ This resolution is modeled on the resolution passed by more than 360 Texas school boards as of April 23, 2012. It was written by Advancement Project; Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; FairTest; Forum for Education and Democracy; MecklenburgACTS; Deborah Meier; NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; […]

Accountability without Autonomy Is Tyranny

When educational research reaches the public through the corporate media, the consequences are often dire. Chetty, Friedman, and Rockoff released “The Long-Term Impacts of Teachers: Teacher Value-Added and Student Outcomes in Adulthood” and immediately The New York Times pronounced in “Big Study Links Good Teachers to Lasting Gains”: “Elementary- and middle-school teachers who help raise […]

Poverty Matters!: A Christmas Miracle pt. 1

Something profound appears to have occurred—a cosmic shift in the education reform debate that reflects our larger social debates in the U.S. After Ladd and Fiske published a commentary in The New York Times, “Class Matters. Why Won’t We Admit It?,” and Diane Ravitch blogged “Scrooge and School Reform,” several commentators quickly chimed in about […]

Idealism that Blinds: Facing Social and Educational Inequity

One aspect of the education reform debate that persistently gives me pause is the claim that the top students are being short-changed in U.S. public education—specifically due to disproportionate time and money being spent on struggling students. I have attempted to address this argument both seriously and satirically, but each approach has brought primarily defense […]

Prisoner Hunger Strike Enters Crisis Stage

  Since July 1, 2011, some 6,600 mostly California state prisoners have participated in a hunger strike. The strike began at Pelican Bay and has spread to 13 other prison across the state. While most of the prisoners striking have resumed eating, there remains a core group of prisoners who have claimed they are willing […]

Erasing History Again

My son’s anger flooded the room. Three months of work, all of his papers, were wet. It was an accident. Water had leaked out of the water bottles in the back seat of the rental car. The bottom of his backpack was soaked. Although I could sympathize with his emotional distress, I had decades between […]

Strawman Argument Is All They Have

In the comments of Diane Ravitch’s recent EdWeek Bridging Differences, “Why I Am Marching on July 30,” one comment captures the bankrupt support for the new reformer movement coming from Secretary Duncan, Bill Gates, and Michelle Rhee. paulhoss@hotmail.com takes this swipe at those such as Ravitch challenging the new reformers: “What to say about SOS? […]