The Education Games: Reform as Doublespeak

Although we currently live in a world informed by George Orwell’s dystopian unmasking-as-novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, we seem unable to acknowledge that the Ministry of Peace is actually waging war. In our current education reform debate, educators must come to terms with Orwell’s recognition of the essential nature of political speech: “I have not here been […]

3-minute video: Obama rejects dogmatic, narrow view of the Jedi; chooses wars

video here. “Auferre, trucidare, rapere, falsis nominibus imperium; atque, ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant.” – Tacitus, Agricola, (98), ch. 30. Translation: “To ravage, to slaughter, to usurp under false titles, they call empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace.” - Oxford Revised Translation, Project Gutenberg. Tacitus is quoting the British chief, […]

Teachers as Radicals: After SOS, What Now?

Thanks to education commentary and policy under President Obama and Secretary of Education Duncan, we don’t have to turn to George Orwell’s brilliant essays on politics and language or his classic 1984 to understand the reality of double-speak. By the end of 2010, the education focus of the Obama administration and the U.S. Department of […]

Privacy is Passé, so Broadcast Yourself (to Big Brother)

“You had to live – you did live, from habit that became instinct – in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized,” Winston worries in George Orwell’s classic novel, 1984. All Winston yearns for is a place outside of the all-seeing electronic eye of the Telescreen, […]

Hope Fades for End of the American Empire under Obama

John Pilger writes a strong informational piece on the lies of Obama. As we start to see more of this from the current global dominance administration, hope fades for peace and the end of the American Empire Welcome to Orwell’s World 2010 By John Pilger December 30, 2009 - “Information Clearing House” — In Nineteen […]