Britain: Kids out of work without a compass

  England, where one in five companies provide lessons in the three Rs because thousands of school graduates are lacking in basic skills and a country where children cannot find their way home The survey by the Confederation of British Industry of almost 700 employers found half were ‘troubled’ by their employees’ reading and writing  […]

Economist Tim Madden: The PIIGS Brief: understanding how oligarchs rig, then loot our economies. 2 of 4

source. Tim Madden is an economist with expertise on credit and banking. Tim and I are colleagues in lobbying government for public banking, with concentration in the US for state-owned banks (and here). The good news is that structural solutions to our economic controlled demolition are obvious and simple; and explained beautifully by many of […]

Fresno Conference on literacy and high stakes testing: Fighting the shadows on the cave wall

It has become intellectually fashionable today to speak about the rising despair, hopelessness, a yearning for fascism on the part of some and apathy among the American people in face of the drastic economic and social policies that threaten everything from public education, employment and the environment to life itself. Disillusionment and a sense of nihilism has smuggled itself into political debates and essays and perhaps rightly so.

Censored, You want censored?

I was in the middle of writing about how the express purpose of a particular corporation is to kick people when they are down.  It is a company that is hired by 2/3rds of the Fortune 500 companies, whose job it is to manage ( read that “deny”) unemployment benefits to people when they are […]

Haitian Voodoo Economics

By Christopher McManus On January 7th, President Rene Preval of Haiti put the final touches on the privatization of Haiti’s public telephone company, TELECO. Five days later the horrific earthquake leveled Haiti, killing over 200.000 people. The selling off of assets, the International Monetary Fund’s austerity measures, were under full swing under the Preval administration […]

Virtual Charter Schools: The new 'rat' in town

Virtual Charter Schools: Getting a public education without the ‘meddlesome and fickle’ public The Virtual Charter Movement: Connections Academy and the Wisconsin Virtual Academy Charter School (WIVA)      For young Jaime, Tori and Hope Leonard, they wake up at 6:30 a.m. and by 7:30 they get dressed and they are - virtually - in school, […]