Using the for-profit college swindle to teach students critical literacy

“At its best, the theory of critical literacy needs to develop pedagogical practices in which the battle to make sense of one’s life reaffirms and furthers the need for teachers and students to recover their own voices so they retell their own histories and in so doing “check and criticize the history they are told […]

CRITICAL DIALOGUE: THE LEARNING CONVERSATION AND LEARNING TO SUSPEND JUDGMENT

I have written more than one million words on the internet for Dailycensored and other sites.  The lack of critical thinking never ceases to amaze me as I read comments by shills, trolls and other provocateurs.  Not only do many people not have the ability to think critically, they cannot even dialogue effectively. One reason […]

High school teacher in Idaho under investigation for saying “vagina” during anatomy lesson and encouraging critical thinking on climate change

Reporter, Katie McDonough, writing this week for Salon on-line, let us know that a high school science teacher, Tim McDaniel is currently being investigated by Idaho’s professional standards commission.  Why?  Easy, it is because McDaniel allegedly used the word “vagina” while teaching a 10th grade biology lesson on reproduction and anatomy. That’s right.  Science is […]

WORLD CLASS STANDARDS?: WHOSE WORLD, WHICH ECONOMIC CLASSES AND WHAT STANDARDS?

This was written fourteen years ago before NCLB and he criminal Bush presidency.  I post it now in the interest of ciritcal debate and dialogue. WORLD CLASS STANDARDS?: WHOSE WORLD, WHICH ECONOMIC CLASSES AND WHAT STANDARDS? If educational goals and core values are developed by a few  educators in isolation from their communities, no matter how […]

Abdicating reasoning: Surrendering the debate over teaching, testing and assessment to the constables of obedience training

In 2010 I wrote what follows below.  Since then, if you go to Truthout (GOP Declares no more critical thinking in schools, (http://truth-out.org/news/item/10144-texas-gop-declares-no-more-teaching-of-critical-thinking-skills-in-texas-public-schools) one can clearly begin to see just how damaging the forces of ideological control are and how irrationalism and unreason litter America’s cultural landscape. Reactionary forces understand that in order to maintain high […]

Berkeley School Board to vote on the proposed REALM charter school: Will faith-based charter schools coupled with oligarch and philanthro-capitalist largess improve public education?

The issue I am about to attempt to analyze is pressing and I call for all of you who wish to protect public education to please contact Yvette Felarca, yfelarca@gmail.com, National coordinator of the By Any Means Necessary coalition at www.bamn.com, (510) 502-9072 to oppose the privatization of Berkeley public schools and to resist the first step towards implementing this plan for privatization by the REALM charter school, scheduled to be approved on February 3, 2010 at the Berkeley Unified School District Meeting.

The REALM charter school, of which I write and that which is the subject of the Berkeley Unified School District’s upcoming decision, will be either approved or disapproved at the February 3, 2010 Berkeley School Board meeting. This is an important opportunity for you, the citizens of Berkeley and beyond, to register your protestations over what, if approved, will steer the course towards the privatization of Berkeley public schools. You can contact school board members and the Mayor of Berkeley by e-mail or phone:
Karen Hemphill, President (2010)
karenhemphill@comcast.net
Beatriz Leyva-Cutler, Vice President (2012)
Beatriz_Leyva-Cutler@berkeley.k12.ca.us
Nancy Riddle, Director (2010)
nancy_riddle@berkeley.k12.ca.us
John T. Selawsky, Director (2012)
john_selawsky@berkeley.k12.ca.us
Shirley Issel, Director (2010)
shirley_issel@berkeley.k12.ca.us
Valeria Gonzalez Student Director (2009–10)

Contact Information for the BUSD Board of Directors:
Individual email addresses above or
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