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 […]

Race To Utopia: How A Public Servant Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Free Market

No Child Left Behind just celebrated its tenth anniversary: while educators, children and parents have generally loathed the landmark signature legislation, and while studies have shown that it has failed to improve learning despite its immense cost,  NCLB’s free-market policies – high-stakes standardized testing, and school closures for “losers” – are the undisputed status quo […]

The Corrosive Power of Stereotypes in Politics and Education

In the early years of my life as a high school English teacher—during the Reagan years—I began my journey to being a critical educator as naive but sincere. One of the first steps into creating a critical classroom included my confronting students about race and class. When I asked students (in a school sitting in […]

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 […]

Judge says blogger is not a journalist: action designed to put fear into the heart of independent investigative journalists and muzzle the internet

  Jeff Barnard of the Associated Press published in the Boston Globe today, December 8th, the following which should be of concern to all of us who do alternative media and especially those of us who do investigative journalistic work.  Deep pockets can bankrupt an average person looking to do investigative journalism.  This ruling by […]

Michael Vick’s America: Redemption of the Pawns

Michael Vick has signed a $100 million contract to play for the Philadelphia Eagles over the next six years. Coming on the heels of a lengthy prison sentence and status as a third-string quarterback for the Eagles just a season ago, this mega-contract is part of, according to Ashley Fox at ESPN, “an amazing, redemptive […]

Ayn Rand and the Philosophy of Individualism (Part I)

(This is part one of a four-part series on the ethics and political theory of Ayn Rand, written exclusively for The Daily Censored, by Dr. Robert Abele, professor of philosophy at Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay Area.)   Ayn Rand has become the darling of both neoliberals and, unfortunately, many young people […]

Poverty and Testing in Education: “The Present Scientifico-legal Complex”

[Part I: Poverty] Jim Taylor has entered the poverty and education debate by asking U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and billionaire/education entrepreneur Bill Gates a direct question: “I really don’t understand you two, the U.S. Secretary of Education and the world’s second richest man and noted philanthropist. How can you possibly say that public […]