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 […]

The Virtual Charter School: The new rat in town

For young Jaime, Tori and Hope Leonard, they wake up at 6:30 a.m. and by 7:30 they get dressed and they are – virtually – in school, without ever leaving home. Like all children who are home- schooled, the two sisters don’t even have to leave their house. But unlike home-schooled children, the Leonards are actually enrolled in a public school — a virtual charter school that is part of the Wisconsin, Appleton Area School District about 100 miles away. Because her children are enrolled in Wisconsin Connections Academy, Leonard pays nothing, the school is public

Virtual Charter Schools: The new 'rat' in town

Virtual Charter Schools: Getting a public education without the ‘meddlesome and fickle’ public The Virtual Charter Movement: Connections Academy and the Wisconsin Virtual Academy Charter School (WIVA)      For young Jaime, Tori and Hope Leonard, they wake up at 6:30 a.m. and by 7:30 they get dressed and they are - virtually - in school, […]

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.

Yemen, North Africa and the Spread of Islamic Fundamentalism

General Stanley McChrystal, the top US commander in Afghanistan recently commented that “We’ve been at this for about seven months now and I believe we’ve made progress.” In fact, it is entirely possible that a further build-up of US troops in Afghanistan could militarily defeat the Taliban and al Qaeda, or at least keep them […]

Poverty and Unemployment Equal Misery In America

The following is an outstanding review of the current economic conditions in the US from the World Socialist Web Site. The information is accurate and disturbing.  Peter Phillips New Year in America: A portrait of social misery By Tom Eley 5 January 2010 The new decade finds the US working class suffering a level of […]

Do You Even Care Anymore?

I do not know much of Somalia.  They have been prominently Muslim dating back to the beginning of Islam.  It was a main economic hub for centuries.  The region has been muddled over by foreign governments who drew boundaries to fit their needs, without a clear understanding of the people or their needs.  Various governmental […]

Foreign Contributions and the Supreme's Overdue Decision on Campaign Funding

Michael Collins The Supreme Court of the United States will soon announce a major decision on our lightly controlled system of campaign funding.  Will it retain some limitations on corporate influence or will the court blow the lid off and cause a perpetual flood of unrestricted corporate contributions? An additional outcome may surprise and shock […]

Steve Champlin: Health Industry's Shadow Man

Apparently, Steven M. Champlin is a guy who shuns the spotlight and shies away from cameras. Which is why it comes as a surprise that he burst into the headlines last week with a controversial speech at  a national forum of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), a health industry trade group. Champlin addressed a State […]