Spain: where we can’t give children an education or a future but how about a “Spiderman towel’ and a chance to go to NY if you lend money to the banks?

The international global capitalist system is so putrefied, the culture so commercialized and intent on colonizing the human mind that it should come as no surprise that the ruling class and their vassals, the nationalized Spanish banking lender Bankia, is offering a Spiderman towel to young investors as part of a sickening, commercialized campaign to […]

Charter Schools Exacerbate ethnic, racial and class divisions while feeding into a politics of public metldown,deracination and alienation

In 2009 I posted this article understanding that charter schools would have the pernicious effect of using identity, religious and ethnic tribalism, race, class and gender to cement the popularity of the publicly subsidized and privately run ‘charters’ in the minds of a deracinated public that fails to think democratically or understand the role of […]

Our Debate Culture—Someone Wins, but Never the Truth

Recently, a colleague asked a few other professors and me to participate in a student debate as part of his first year seminar. Our role in the debate was to evaluate the debate, and of course, choose a winning side. During the debate, I came to recognize something about the debate itself, the college freshmen […]

Anti-privatizers victory against the REALM charter school in Berkeley? Or is it time to saddle up?

REALM Charter schools withdraws its petition to open both its proposed middle school and high school from the Berkeley Unified School Board (BUSD) In a tentative victory for opponents of the proposed REALM middle and high school charter schools proposed for Berkeley, California the proponents and creators of REALM (Revolutionary Education and Learning Movement) and […]

Theocrats, the establishment clause, religious theme schools and charter schools: The dis-association from American life

Authors Weinberg and Cooper claim that TiZA offers an example to citizens as to how to tailor such ‘religious theme’ schools to meet the exigencies of the Establishment clause while still allowing for a religiously or ethnically based ‘theme charter schools. Take their commentary published in Education Week in 2007 whereby they counsel those interested in opening such ‘theme’ schools could follow Ziyad Academy’s example.

Guilty by Association: How Being Paired With Black Friday Corrupted Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving already. The day that many of us stay in bed late and are beckoned from sleep by an array of smells: turkey roasting in the oven, yams stewing in their own sweet juices, and pies filled with vanilla and spices. We gather in groups of friends and family, as many people as we […]

"Let’s not build bridges and end up with an increased number of people sleeping under them."

Education, Arts, Human Services, Environmental Workers… Randy Shaw, of BeyondChron: San Francisco’s Alternative Online Daily, explains areas that really need support from Obama’s $750 billion stimulus package… “President-elect Obama’s $750 billion stimulus package is seeking to boost jobs by focusing on such “brick and mortar” infrastructure projects as roads, bridges, schools, and solar panels. But […]

Philosophy of Media and Technology

In my internet wondering I recently came across a college course called Philosophy of Media and Technology, taught by Dr. David L. Hildebrand at the University of Colorado Denver. An excerpt of his course description reads; “As we are constantly reminded, we live in an ever-accelerating “Information Age,” an era of rapidly shifting images and […]

In Defense of Patience

‘Efficiency’ when defined just as something becoming faster can be a deceptive harlot, and I believe in the case of information, that may be what we’re seeing. While technology has always appeared to be a liberating force, in reality, each new generation simply becomes dependent on the supposed conveniences of those that came before. Upon […]