Chicago Teachers Union passes resolution opposing Common Core

Washington Post “The Answer Sheet” blog, By Valerie Strauss, May 9

The Chicago Teachers’ Union House of Delegates has passed a resolution opposing use of the Common Core State Standards in teaching and testing, and it plans to lobby the Illinois Board of Education to reverse approval of the Core and ask its parent union, [...]

The lost generation: The kids brought up to feel as if they’re failing – from school to TV shows like The Apprentice and The X Factor

The Independent – On one side of the Atlantic, an academic survey reveals the pain of privilege for the children of moneyed families. Here, a former Prime Minister, who once promised to deliver a genuinely classless society, has described the continuing – indeed, growing – power of the affluent and privately educated in this country [...]

Today in Weapons Grade Stupid: Virginia Foxx, Brave Defender of the (White) Proletariat

Getting American kids into college without saddling them with massive debt shouldn’t be the government’s job, according to a prominent House Republican and possible 2014 Senate candidate. “It is not the role of the Congress to make college affordable and accessible,” Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) said Wednesday morning during a committee markup of legislation that [...]

What if Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin are lying?

What if there is a much larger scandal lurking within their private lives? What if the “whole lot of therapy” was merely a ruse, a going through the motions. What if it was an act necessitated by the need “to get to a place where [Abedin] could forgive Anthony?” Not for engaging in a relationship [...]

Joe Bageant–bearer of the torch

I was recently reminded of the passing of Joe Bageant. Joe was an unusual sort, best known for a book called Deer Hunting with Jesus. Joe was raised poor, a working class southerner. At some point in his life he developed leftist leanings, went off and received a good education and became a magnificent writer. [...]

Free breakfasts: The latest Liberal plot to recruit and brainwash our precious snowflakes

There are those among us who view virtually any sort of charitable activity as borderline socialism, slowly but surely destroying the fabric of our country by creating a dependent class. That this heartless, inhuman world view is almost too absurd for words almost goes without saying. The cruelty inherent in such a cold, black view [...]

Love of country is one thing, but do we need to teach nationalism?

Like most of my generation, I grew up saying the Pledge of Allegiance every morning. It was drilled into my pointy little skull, so much so that I can still recite it if pressed to do so (and no, you can’t ask).

Then I went to the former Yugoslavia during the war there and learned [...]

Don’t Kid Yourself: Chris Christie is Still An Asshole.

Loomis: “No doubt the real solution for struggling school districts in New Jersey is to deny them money.”

The U.S. Class War Begins In School

Who could possibly have imagined that having parents who couldn’t afford vastly inflated college bills would adversely affect education outcomes in a radical way? If you’re wondering why the U.S. has far greater income inequality thatn other civilized nations – all of which grant greater aid to poorer college students – then start here.

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Big Banks vs. Elizabeth Warren: It’s On (Again!)

Mother Jones, By Andy Kroll

Not even two weeks have passed since Democrat Elizabeth Warren rode a wave of grassroots support to victory in the US Senate race in Massachusetts, ousting Republican incumbent Scott Brown. Senator-elect Warren has not yet hired her staff. She has not yet moved into her Senate office. But the banking [...]

College Tuition Should Vary By Degree, Florida State Task Force Says

Huffington Post (Sun Sentinel), By Scott Travis, October 25

If you want to save money at Florida’s universities, you may soon have to choose biology over ballet or engineering over English.

A state task force created by Gov. Rick Scott has released its preliminary recommendations on how to revamp higher education. The proposals end the [...]

New study shows early learning can prevent crime

McClatchy, By Paula Horton

Four of Washington state’s Benton County’s top law enforcers joked and laughed while taking time Wednesday to read a book about police officers to preschoolers at Benton Franklin Head Start in Richland, but their visit was about a serious subject.The longtime cops and prosecutor spoke out about the lack of funding [...]

Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You…

History teaches us many things and yet teaches us nothing:

Economists point out that the woes of the middle class are in large part a consequence of globalization and technological change. Culture may also play a role. In his recent book on the white working class, the libertarian writer Charles Murray blames the hollowed-out [...]

Bird Bird: Republican

Why PBS cuts will hurt Republicans more than Democrats, but they hurt us all.

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