What We Know Now and An Alternative to Accountability-Based Education Reform

Randy Olson’s Flock of Dodos (2006) explores the evolution and Intelligent Design (ID) debate that represents the newest attack on teaching evolution in U.S. public schools. The documentary is engaging, enlightening, and nearly too fair considering Olson admits upfront that he stands with scientists who support evolution as credible science and reject ID as something outside the […]

Four in 5 Americans Face Near-poverty and no work or opportunities under Obama

So when someone asks, “How is the American Empire doing”, you can tell them that four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives.  Sound like a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.  Sure, chump change you cannot believe […]

Tennessee bill makes welfare benefits dependent on school performance

The state of Tennessee is attempting to pass new legislation that will penalize families if their children do no perform well in school. If a child does not meet the state’s requirements in reading, math, or language arts, the family will have their welfare benefits reduced by 30%. One of the most egregious errors in […]

Fagin’s Kids: New York City

  For the rich and the affluent population of New York City, they have certainly prospered during the 12-year dictatorial reign of NY Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, which we hope comes to an end this year. However, this cannot be said of the Dickensian lives of New York’s children. According to amn article in The Atlantic […]

The MLK Imperative in an Era of "No Excuses"

My father was a hard-ass, €”a Southern version of the Red Forman-type made popular in That 70’s Show. I grew up, then, in a “no excuses” environment rooted in the 1950s work ethic my father personified. [1] Mine was a working-class background: My paternal grandfather (for whom I was named) ran the small-town gas station […]

The Roman and US Empires: A point of view

The Roman and US Empires: A point of view “There is nothing so frightening as ignorance in action.”  — Goethe First published May 7, 2010 The fall of the Roman Empire has been the subject of much debate and comment for many centuries.  Indeed, the founding of our own republic was built on the founders […]

If My Tone Offends, Blame My Lazy Father

In the early 1980s, I was newly married, seeking my first teaching job, and necessarily living in my parents’ home, which also housed my sister, her husband, and child. We were a pretty interesting extended family nestled in the Upstate of rural South Carolina. One night, I was suddenly startled awake by my sister ripping […]

Nativo Lopez: Legalization or No Reelection

Nativo Lopez is the National Director or Hermandad Mexicana Latinoamericana and the National President Mexican American Political Association (MAPA). He prepared the following English and Spanish versions of this speech for the massive May Day march and rally in Los Angeles. Sadly, the conservatism of the liberal immigrant rights groups, coupled with the sectarianism of […]

Educating WaPo on LAPU, Open Letter with Resources for Jay Matthews

“Soviet style elections” — Ben Austin in response to parents and communities choosing community school plans over corporate charters. The Washington Post’s Jay Matthews is a education columnist, who with absolutely no sense of irony, maintains a blog entitled “Class Struggle.” I mention the irony since Matthews is a pro-charter-voucher corporatist, who has never seen […]