Detroit says no to the 'Gated' community of the privatizers

Detroit Teachers and the fight against Walton, Gates, the Skillman Foundation their tributaries, minnions and the awful historical agency of tallywhacker Robert Bobb Defend Public Education / Save Our Students will meet this Saturday at 4:30 pm at the Gracious Savior Church, 19484 James Couzens (northbound Lodge service drive north of Seven Mile Rd. in Detroit, MI).    All […]

DAN ELLSBERG: MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN THE WORLD

By Saul Landau In 2005, teaching a history class to university juniors and seniors, I mentioned the Vietnam War. I noticed glazed looks in the eyes of several students. I asked a young woman born about a decade after that war had ended: “You know when the Vietnam War occurred, right?” She wrinkled her brow, […]

Nigeria’s Jos Plateau – “Land of Peace and Tourism”

They call Nigeria’s Jos Plateau “the land of peace and tourism”, but the visitor that has been haunting this Nigerian state has been mayhem, destruction and death. This plateau in central Nigeria has long been known for its mineral wealth, its archaeological riches and its temperate climate. It would seem to have everything needed for […]

A harrowing week of educational news: Detroit and Philly

You can’t make this stuff up!   For all readers: A bit of news from the decks of the Titanic.  The activities follow the criminal threat and assault pattern emerging in the zero-tolerance atmosphere of American culture.  One involves Detroit teachers; the other involves students. I have attempted to view the serial crimes of the […]

Detroit Teachers fight obsequious politicians, union bosses and privatizations plans

“Of all the civil rights for which the world has struggled and fought for 5,000 years, the right to learn is undoubtedly the most fundamental…The freedom to learn…has been bought by bitter sacrifice. And whatever we may think of the curtailment of other civil rights, we should fight to the last ditch to keep open […]

Detroit Teachers Rebel against decades of degradation and the policies of Race to the Top

The Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) has not been much of a leader in working people’s organizations but this might be about to change. The main concern of the union over the years has been to basically protect the bloated salaries and privileges of the trade union executives, like Keith Johnson, the pathetic president of DFT. In fact, union executives have been openly working with the school authorities in Detroit to force hundreds, if not thousands, of experienced teachers to retire, so they can be replaced by a low-wage instructors, forced to work in charter schools without the slightest rights or input on how children are taught nor any control over curriculum or the day to day running of the schools.

Karoshi and the Economic Crisis

The concept of karoshi, a Japanese word that translates to “death from overwork” has gained notoriety throughout both hemispheres during the economic powerhouse decades of the eighties in Japan and the nineties in America. The first case reported came in 1969 from the shipping department of Japan’s largest national newspaper, where a 29 year old […]

Obama’s Firing of Watchdog a Lesson for Canadians

By Guest Blogger George Thompson It seems absurdly naïve to think that what is happening everywhere else in the world and especially in America is not going to affect the Canadian education system. For example Canadian provincial governments have imported high stakes testing, test-score and demographics websites (“data dashboards”) for parents to shop schools, “magnet” […]