Little College wins big Victory against Right Wing takeover

New advertisement for Shimer shown above along with Ayn Rand faculty and devotee Marsah Enright Shimer College  I just read an interesting e-mail sent to me by Kenneth Knabb, of the Bureau of Public Secrets (Ken Knabb, April 30, 2010, http://www.bopsecrets.org/recent/shimer.htm).  I have long been a follower and admirer of Knabb and the Bureau since […]

Spooks in the Classroom

It typically takes 22 weeks of training to become an FBI agent. Fourth-graders at Green Elementary will become “junior special agents” in just eight weeks. Once a week, a representative from the Macomb County FBI will visit with students to talk about various aspects of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including evidence collection, gun safety and bombs. Students will also learn about drugs, gangs and computer safety

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Perhaps it is difficult to remember what has been written from one day to the next. The stories below, however, appeared in the same Saturday edition of the N Y Times.  Am I the only one who draws a connection here? JPMorgan Chase Earns $11.7 Billion By ERIC DASH 1/15/2010 JPMorgan Chase kicked off what […]

Obama’s State of the Union- What he should say…

We are broken.  I figured it out, even before reading Bob Herbert’s column today.  Regardless of the storm that is breaking the backs of state and local governments across the country, California is cutting social programs and salaries in an attempt to stay alive. Mr. Schwarzenegger has proposed eliminating the state’s $1 billion welfare program […]

Transforming education right in front of your eyes: Get ready for the charter school revolution and the Race to the Top

What I will describe has been an ideological undertaking hatched in the back rooms of Wall Street in an effort to back hand the public. Schooling has now been transformed into a business plan and an ominous one at that, if one is interested in safeguarding anything public. The whole plan goes under many names: Charter Management Organizations, Profile Schools, the Diverse Provider Strategy and more. It is an idiomatic and thus ideological undertaking now, a Machiavellian Race to the Top in an effort to convince an unsuspecting community that public schools, the teachers, the unions, along with the students who inhabit them are cretins, or philistines in need of remediation or rehabilitation.

Junk bonds, charter schools and insider fraud

November 29, 2009 – 10:00 AM The following story provides more evidence of the economic and fraudulent wake that is enveloping public schools throughout the nation through the Trojan horse for privatization called ‘charter schools’.  Do not be fooled, for all over the US the havoc wrought from a decaying social fabric is being exposed […]

What’s Going on With Sunsara Taylor

This is to let everyone know about what’s going on with Sunsara Taylor – and the shameful action on the part of the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago (EHSC) who have now officially rescinded their invitation to her to speak, this coming Sunday Nov. 1st on “Morality Without Gods.”  See below Sunsara’s statement released yesterday – along with […]

Pork Barrel Spending in our Schools

As an educator, I am a firm believer in supporting local school districts. As an ex-collegiate athlete, I see the positive benefits that school athletic programs bring to districts, players, and even students who do not participate in sports but have a reason to be excited about their schools. Many of us are also concerned […]