Environmental internationalism: Cuba’s new mission?

By Saul Landau and Nelson P. Valdés Since 1959 Cuba has played a significant world role, quite a feat for a nation of 5 million – 11 million now. Cubans have shown their values, commitment and solidarity in dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters around the world. Between 1960 and 2011, Cuba sent 45 […]

THE OYS HAVE IT!

By Saul Landau   “Oy,” sobs the old woman. “Oy! Oy!” “What’s the matter, grandma?” asks a man passing by. “Oy, I’m so thirsty!” He returns with a glass of water. She drinks it and says: “Oy!” “What’s the matter now?” “Oy, was I thirsty!” Watching the Republican presidential debates has turned me —into an […]

CENSORED 2001-2008: THE BUSH ERA

CENSORED: 2001-2008 HURRICANE KATRINA TRAGEDY; THE “REAL” REASON FOR IRAQ INVASION; WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION; IMMIGRATION ISSUE; ECONOMIC PROBLEMS; FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC CRISIS; ABU GHRAIB PRISON MISTREATMENT; AND MUCH MORE REPORTED IN 2010 GEORGE W. BUSH: “I COULD HAVE DONE THINGS BETTER” USA TODAY reported on November 9, 2010, how an “Unusually reflective […]

The privatization of education, the colonization of subjectivity

On June 2nd I was notified that an article I wrote, Neoliberalism, Charter Schools and the Chicago Model / Obama and Duncan’s Education Policy: Like Bush’s, Only Worse published by Counterpunch, August 24, 2009, had been selected for the Project Censored “Most Censored” News Stories of 2009-10 Awards.  This was both a surprise and an honor. […]

Haiti Converting to Charter Schools: More Disaster Capitalism

The success of the New Orleans “disaster capitalism” project in which the public school system was taken over by charter schools during the re-building after Katrina, has led to similar developments in other destitute places of the world. Haiti, is a prime example. International philanthropy  is poised to rebuild the struggling country’s education system through loans […]

Tenure, merit pay, Washington D.C. and Forida

It’s all for the kids right? Sure, ask Jerry Lewis the next time you see him at the bank, if you do. The metaphor or analogy to capture this sad sack saga would be like beating up on parents so they could parent better. But the pundits, the right wing think tanks, the billionaires who fund the mess and the political finger-puppets that legislate it all into law have no interest in raising student achievement and don’t let them ever let you believe this. Just look at their motives, their record and those for whom they valet for.

The way privatization of education was done in New Orleans is the model for the billionaires and Race to the Top today. If we are not educated as to the circumstances within which we make these choices and well informed as to the implications for our society and our children that each educational choice brings, we may awaken to find a system not of our own making, one instead that is constructed to do the bidding for those who conceive, control and otherwise make the educational ‘choices’ as to how we are going to live

Is Arne Duncan clinically a paranoid schizophrenic?

Education Secretary, Arne Duncan called Hurricane Katrina:

the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans because it forced the community to take steps to improve low-performing public schools, according to excerpts from the transcript of a television interview made public Friday afternoon

ONTARIO ADVISOR FULLAN TEAMED WITH PASTOREK IN NEW ORLEANS REFORM: CHARTER SCHOOLS ON ONTARIO’S “NEXT HORIZON”

Guest Blogged by George Thompson Premier McGuinty’s Special Advisor on education and the architect of Ontario’s reforms, was also a key advisor to the Louisiana superintendent, Paul Pastorek, in directing the post Hurricane Katrina reforms which led to America’s charter-dominated city. Katrina had presented an opportunity for what Naomi Klein refers to as “disaster capitalism”; […]

A PERFECT STORM: Massive Ontario School Closures Seen as “Opportunity” by Privatizers

By Guest Blogger George Thompson Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, outlines how “disaster capitalism” is geared to quickly take advantage of crises as opportunities to expand areas of profitable corporate activity. She cites how the New Orleans crisis brought about by Hurricane Katrina was instantly seized upon as an opportunity to replace public schools with […]