Critical thinking and the unschooled mind

The following was written in 1995 and is posted here for readers.  How profundly to the right this country has moved since that time; all to the detriment of our citizenry and children.  For this reason, critical thinking and critical pedagogy must be emphasized once again.  As long as the testing regime is in place, […]

Raising My Voice Without Freedom

Raising My Voice Without Freedom By Liliana Valdez   Here in this sea of grief they cover my voice and tie me! I can’t say anything. This intrigues me, it kills me, but at the same time relieves me. I’m free but I can’t take my freedom. I wish I could fly to escape from […]

College Board bars AP Government from teaching US Constitution and US wars

I have been removed from the Advanced Placement (AP) Government listserve for documenting US Constitution promises compared with these recent US ‘laws’ and actions: assassination of Americans upon the non-reviewable dictate of the president, control-drown/waterboarding anyone dictated as a “terrorist” despite all US and international case law finding this to be torture, NDAA 2012 and 2006 Military Commissions Act that […]

AG Holder degrades US as fascist ‘Assassination Nation;’ 99% response…?

Attorney General Eric Holder, the top “legal” voice of the US regime, argued to Northwestern University law students that the US Constitution is no limit to the regime dictatorially assassinating Americans. This follows regime arguments to seize and “disappear” any person in opposition to regime dictates as “terrorist supporters,” and extracting their confessions with controlled […]

1% face extinction: Scrooge, Darth Vader, Professor Snape offer advice

with clever Star Wars video at source. For those involved in support of US government-sponsored disinformation and massive crimes that annually kill millions, harm billions, and loot trillions of the 99%’s dollars, I invite you to consider the quality of human relationships you wish to work for in creating your future. National security and a brighter future […]

#sixwordessay Helps Teachers Reclaim Education Debate

In the last year, the national education debate has been occupied by economists, billionaires, hedge-fund managers, corporate columnists and party-politicians –indeed, it seems like the further a person is from the classroom, the more weight his opinion carries. Call it the Gates Paradox – the power of your voice in the “education reform” debate is […]

Who in US “leadership” will declare the “emperor has no clothes” facts and rejoin humanity?

source: Carl Herman In the story, The Emperor’s New Clothes, a single clear voice broke the public’s confusion. At once, the public recognized what was before their eyes. The illusion of the emperor and minions was over. The United States is in a similar condition. The public knows something is terribly wrong with what appear to […]

Teachers as Radicals: After SOS, What Now?

Thanks to education commentary and policy under President Obama and Secretary of Education Duncan, we don’t have to turn to George Orwell’s brilliant essays on politics and language or his classic 1984 to understand the reality of double-speak. By the end of 2010, the education focus of the Obama administration and the U.S. Department of […]

VOICE OF DETROIT: The city’s independent newspaper, unbossed and unbought

Picture of the march to save Catherine Ferguson Academy in Detroit Voice of Detroit is an independant news zine out of Detroit.  You can read more about Detroit teachers, schools, parents and the struggle to save public education from the pernicious privatizers. You can find them at:  http://voiceofdetroit.net/

7-minute video: redefining "public apathy" to poised but blocked public power

source: Carl Herman, Examiner.com The 7-minute video on the left by Dave Meslin is a useful reframe for a common complaint that people are somehow too selfish, stupid, and/or lazy to engage in our most important political and economic issues. You and I observe that ~95% of human beings are generally cooperative, intelligent when given […]