Separate, Unequal…and Distracted

When research, history, and allegory all converge to tell us the same story, we must pause to ask why we have ignored the message for so long and why are we likely to continue missing the essential thing before us. The New York Times and Education Week reveal two important lessons in both the message […]

“I Don’t Believe That”: Reforming the Debate to Reform Education

I have been an avid cyclist for almost thirty years now, riding as much as 10,000 miles each year. For many of those years, I have also shaved my head, resulting in hours and hours outside in adverse weather conditions such as extreme cold, rain, and even sleet and snow. When my mother-in-law was alive, […]

S S & Medicare Are Part of the Solution, Not the Problem

Let me try to make this very simple.  Social Security and Medicare are not part of the problem.  They are part of the solution.  They are NOT part of the deficit.  Cutting them will not make the deficit less.  Cutting them will reduce the revenue side of the equation and make the deficit bigger.  Everyone […]

OUR SUCCESSFUL DEMOCRACY ABROAD

By Saul Landau “There have been charges that it is morally wrong for the U.S. to aid undemocratic regimes to strengthen their security systems, thereby serving to entrench them in power.” But “the U.S. cannot afford the moral luxury of helping only those regimes in the free world that meet our ideals of self-government. Eliminate […]

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 […]

More on secret black money and the ruling elite underground economy: The sleaze of Swiss banks in an interview with Vishv Bandhu Gupta

  Vishv Bandhu Gupta traces the less than honorable origin and growth of black money swilling within the ruling elite underground in an interview with Tehelka (India’s independent magazine // 15 June 2011 Wednesday, http://www.tehelka.com/story_main49.asp?filename=Ws130611SwissBanks.asp) In what was once the most diabolical pinning of any state policy ever, the Swiss carved out for itself an innovative […]

Meritocracy Myth v. the Advantages of Privilege (A Tale of Hubris)

In January 2010, I emailed Diane Ravitch after viewing a video of one of her talks preceding the release of her now often mentioned book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, that signaled some significant changes in her views on education and education reform. […]

Incomes of "elite" at record high as their tax rate drops to record low

Source: Carl Herman, Examiner.com Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author, David Cay Johnston (click link for his blog, article at this link) writes: “The incomes of the top 400 American households soared to a new record high in dollars and as a share of all income in 2007, while the income tax rates they paid fell to […]

Lessons, What Can We Learn From Egypt?

The BBC is trying to get comments from their people in Egypt this a.m.  Their communication is repeatedly being cut off.  Mubarak is gone, but look who is in place—the military.  The military was a close ally of Mubarak for thirty years.  I understand what the demands of the people over there are.  They were […]

Like an Egyptian - Decline and Fall (Maybe) Feb 7

Michael Collins Image Walk Like an Egyptian Better yet, imagine that you’re walking in their shoes and think about how you’d feel about the United States.  If you’re 48 years old, Mubarak has been your “president”, read dictator since your 18th birthday. You have seen election after election stolen by Mubarak and his cronies.  You’ve […]