What is at stake in Michigan: Governor Snyder and the politics of authoritarianism

Controversial picture of totalitarian Governor of Michigan As authoritarian Governor Rick Snyder appointed emergency financial managers and corporate privatization are targeting more communities across the state, the people of Michigan are making the connection between events in Benton Harbor and the eastern side of the state and are fighting back. Here is how the authoritarian process is being cemented […]

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

Detroit Teachers Rebel against decades of degradation and the policies of Race to the Top

The Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) has not been much of a leader in working people’s organizations but this might be about to change. The main concern of the union over the years has been to basically protect the bloated salaries and privileges of the trade union executives, like Keith Johnson, the pathetic president of DFT. In fact, union executives have been openly working with the school authorities in Detroit to force hundreds, if not thousands, of experienced teachers to retire, so they can be replaced by a low-wage instructors, forced to work in charter schools without the slightest rights or input on how children are taught nor any control over curriculum or the day to day running of the schools.