The blame for 9/11 keeps shifting

When 9/11 first occurred, many people were devastated. Speculations ran around in the early days, but the American government assured us that it was masterminded by Osama bin Laden who had hired and trained Saudi nationals to complete the task. Eventually, it was claimed that Saddam Hussein was also involved and that we needed to […]

"[N]ot the Time. . .to Follow the Line of Least Resistance"

In a major journal from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), a teacher and scholar laments the current state of implementing the research in language: “A brief consideration will indicate reasons for the considerable gap between the research currently available and the utilization of that research in school programs and methods” (p. 87). […]

"Can Anyone Create A Job?" the NYT asks.

The NY Times is going to write a five part series on whether anyone can create a job. I have answered the question in 5 paragraphs… When asking the question, “can anyone create jobs,” the answer is simple. Yes, you just hire someone and “poof,” there it is- a job. There is all this talk […]

"Click, Clack, Moo": Why the 1% Always Wins

As a high school English teacher for nearly two decades, I came to embrace a need to offer students a wide range of lenses for interacting with and learning from many different texts, but I also learned that coming to read and re-read, to write and re-write the world is both a powerful and disorienting […]

Tired Of All The Spin On The Economy?

The media will not explain, through interviews with people who actually understand the economy, what is needed to fix it.  Before even beginning to touch on what is needed, we need to know what the “economy” is.  One dictionary touches on it, but doesn’t quite get it right.  It says, “the wealth and resources of […]

The Corporate Education Act Becomes Law: Good bye liberal arts colleges

Is this true?  Or is it simply sardonic realism? Progressive Avenues www.progressiveavenues.org info@progressiveavenues.org 415-702-9682    July 27, 2011 By Luke Hiken     Republican lawmakers were ecstatic today to announce passage of the Corporate Education Act (CEA). The President expressed his support for the Act because the Republican sides of both the House and the Senate had backed it, and that […]

Meritocracy Myth v. the Advantages of Privilege (A Tale of Hubris)

In January 2010, I emailed Diane Ravitch after viewing a video of one of her talks preceding the release of her now often mentioned book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, that signaled some significant changes in her views on education and education reform. […]

America's Political Prisoners

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/your-world-news/2011/03/02/americas-political-prisoners  Please join us for a very important show regarding the plight of America’s political prisoners that continue to languish behind US federal prison bars. Year after year, this US government continues to feel the need to lecture other countries about human rights and their political prisoners yet the US warehouses more political prisoners than […]

Cairo, It’s Not a Revolution—Yet

There is much to shout about which is wonderful in the uprisings throughout North Africa and the Middle East. We should be joyful! The world is rumbling and shaking against oppressive rule; people’s misery has caused them to take to the streets. The masses of people are no longer passive. The vampire rulers in Washington […]

The 'Gruel' of law

Graduating ignorance: law school, grade inflation and the currency of ‘toxic derivative diplomas’ I remember my enthusiasm when I first hit law school in 1980.  I had been practicing without a license for years in Sonoma County, California.  Tenant organizing had led me and a friend to author the first Rent Control ordinance in 1975 […]