Teacher Quality and Accountability: A Failed Debate

“Value-added and other types of growth models are probably the most controversial issue in education today,” argues Matthew Di Carlo in his “What Value-Added Research Does And Does Not Show.” Di Carlo carefully examines, with ample evidence and a fair hand, the most recent cycle of education reform that has targeted teacher quality and accountability. One […]

Perrotta's "The Leftovers": Speculative Fiction and the Human Condition

Nora Durst finds herself at the intersection of something routinely normal for middle-class Americans living in the comfort of suburbia and distinctly otherworldly at the same time in Tom Perrotta’s The Leftovers, his newest novel venturing into speculative/ dystopian fiction. Visiting the mall with her sister during the Christmas season, Nora confronts the sudden disappearance […]

In Praise of Learning by Bertolt Brecht

When this was written in 1931 the Weimar republic had died and Hitler was on the road to power. Brecht, of course, was the great playwrite and poet of the early part of the 1900’s.  His poem, “In Praise of Learning” is more important now than ever!  Here it is in its entirety!   Study […]

Why the TSA won't improve its image anytime soon

The DHS, TSA, and CBP want to improve its tarnished image. After the criticism that has befallen the TSA since last fall when they mass-introduced full body scanners, it’s no surprise that they are now universally hated. The problem, however, is that the TSA can never improve their image as long as they continue to […]

US and NATO Imperial Invasion of Libya (Exclusive Interview/A MUST LISTEN)‏‏

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/your-world-news/2011/03/20/nuclear-apocalypse-in-japan-nato-invasion-of-libya Please Join us this episode for an exclusive interview with internationally esteemed journalist, Keith Harmon Snow. Keith will be discussing the details surrounding his most recent reports , “GENOCIDE IN LIBYA? NATO INVASION UNDER WAY? ITS THE OIL, STUPID” and “Nuclear Apocalypse in Japan”. This was an incredibly detail oriented and comprehensive show regarding […]

Injustice in Palestine: The Palestine Papers

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/your-world-news/2011/02/01/injustice-in-palestine-the-palestine-papers This episode features an exclusive interview with Kathleen Christison who will be deconstructing the recent release of the Palestine Papers and the damning revelations they reveal regarding everything from the US, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority, and their relationship to the ongoing struggle of Palestine’s quest for self-determination and true independence from Israel oppression. […]

Criminals Serving as Selective American Examples

From Whose Perspective will You Follow: Thugs, Criminals and Slave Owners Serving as Selective American  Examples By Solomon Comissiong Like most US holidays, many American “heroes”, are manufactured based on a significantly flawed and biased “value” system. Individuals like Andrew Jackson, George Washington, Woodrow Wilson and Ronald Reagan, are routinely propped up throughout public school […]

Chicago’s Mayor Daley says let pension funds go bankrupt! Communities are failing across America

Speaking on a Global Metro Summit panel at the University of Illinois-Chicago with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Daley appeared to indicate that allowing the pensions to go bankrupt so they could be reorganized was something he believes could happen. “I’m one who believes that pension funds can go bankrupt […]

Welfare for the Elite

The first thing to note re the much discussed tax cuts is that they are “BUSH TAX CUTS” and they heavily favor the rich and especially the super rich. Most important is to note that the tax cuts failed to stimulate the economy for the last 10 years. Almost equally important is that the tax […]

Censorship, rights, and responsibilities.

As a librarian, I have always been concerned about the fragility of our First Amendment. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government […]