Education as "Politically Contested Spaces"

Steve Strieker in The Answer Sheet confronts ths current state of education from the specific events of his home state: “In Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin, teaching has been relegated from professional status to political fodder.” He then builds to this conclusion: “In Walker’s Wisconsin, education is not a profession. It is politics…. “With the current […]

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is sponsoring “Good for Wall Street—Bad for Students,” a panel discussion and national webcast on the dangers of for-profit colleges

  For-profit colleges-such as The Art Institutes, Argosy University, Brown Mackie College, and South University-generate millions in profits for Wall Street.   Meanwhile students get the short end of the stick. Typically at for-profit schools, tuition is higher, debt is larger, and graduation rates are lower than at traditional schools.   That’s why the Service […]

Stop financial terrorism: The Good the bad and the ugly

The Max Keiser report, which one can see on RT Television weekly, has brought quite a bit of viewers to the world of economic analysis and discussion.  In a recent twist, RGB Anarchy has made a spaghetti western of sorts featuring Max Keiser and Jamie Dimon, the current CEO of criminal crime syndicate JP Morgan.  In […]

Test-Based Accountability and International Comparisons: Lessons Ignored

The historical and current focus on test-based accountability to drive education evaluation and reform is often situated within another historical and current approach to judging U.S. public education—international comparisons. Just as we tend to misuse test data, specifically the SAT, to rank and label the quality of schools and state education systems, we do the […]

Maher’s "Real Time" Education Debate Failure Redux: Legend of the Fall, pt. VII

A new slogan has appeared from the ranks of educators who know the new education reform movement to be misguided, uninformed, and powerful: “Those who can, teach. Those who cannot pass laws about teaching.” This is a parody of the demeaning, “Those who can, do. Those who cannot, teach.” It is this saying that is […]

President of the University of Maryland allegedly walked out in a huff after discussion on Daycon with students, officials

  Just when one thought that the situation at the University of Maryland could not get worse, it did.  If it is not management abusing public workers at the university, which has been is being reported at Daily Censored and the Diamondback (the University of Maryland’s campus paper), it has now come to light that […]

Thai web forum host facing 50 years in prison as authorities prosecute censorship law violations

Thai web forum host facing 50 years in prison as authorities prosecute censorship law violations By Michael I. Niman Special to Daily Censored Februrary 28th 2011 Chiranuch Premchaiporn manages Thailand’s independent alternative news website Prachatai.com. In 2008, one or more unidentified readers posted comments to Prachatai’s online forum which, according to prosecutors who presented the […]

Wrong Questions = Wrong Answers: Legend of the Fall, pt. IV

Newsweek journalist Daniel Lyons posed a series of questions recently to Bill Gates, a leading and powerful voice in the new school reform movement, and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers—highlighting not what we need to address in our public schools but proving further that the media, celebrity/billionaire experts, and bureaucrats are […]

Podcast: teaching critical thinking skills for civic education

source: Carl Herman, Examiner.com Dr. James Fetzer interviewed me on his radio show and podcast, The Real Deal, in discussion of the central problems and solutions of the US economic crisis. The interview is here (you can fast-forward through commercials and music that covers local program information). The printed article and classroom lesson on teaching critical thinking […]