Accountability without Autonomy Is Tyranny

When educational research reaches the public through the corporate media, the consequences are often dire. Chetty, Friedman, and Rockoff released “The Long-Term Impacts of Teachers: Teacher Value-Added and Student Outcomes in Adulthood” and immediately The New York Times pronounced in “Big Study Links Good Teachers to Lasting Gains”: “Elementary- and middle-school teachers who help raise […]

Michelle Alexander: US Prisons and The New Jim Crow: Today in the era of colorblindness a new racial caste system has emerged

1901 picture of a ‘chain gang’ in Virginia. On so-called ‘independence day’ it is important to keep in mind what litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow (http://www.ferris.edu/jimcrow/what.htm), argued at an event at Demos February 18, 2010: that is that we have not ended racial caste in America, we have simply redesigned it. […]

What The Hell Has Happened To Americans?

Homophobes in D.C. are eager to spend $550/hour for an attorney to defend DOMA while 15,000 3- to 4- year olds in Ohio were dropped from Early Childhood Education, as ECE programs across the nation took a big hit.  I was going to cite some examples, but there are just too many big cuts to […]

Plantation era material conditions of labor for public workers at the University of Maryland

The following is written by Brian Igo.  Brian Igo is a senior completing degrees in Philosophy and Government & Politics at the University of Maryland.  This article speaks to both the material conditions of public workers labor at the University of Maryland and to the racism among the University’s management.   Public workers at the […]