Entitlements and Public Pensions- Still on Rocky Ground
Feb24

Entitlements and Public Pensions- Still on Rocky Ground

In March of 1988, the cover and an essay in The New Republic depicted selfish “greedy geezers” draining America of resources that might be utilized in a more constructive fashion to provide growth and economic development. Funding of the entitlement programs Medicare and Social Security were leaving less money available to be spent on education and preschool activities, and the maintenance and expansion of the nation’s infrastructure....

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A Day In Conservative Stupidity: Three Examples
Feb19

A Day In Conservative Stupidity: Three Examples

The conservative movement has become totally divorced from reality, often denying science and facts to make their positions. Here’s just three examples from the past day. Conservatives Hate Historical Facts Conservatives hate actual American history as the facts contradict so many of their claims. As Joseph Ellis has explained, the Founding Fathers established a secular state with overlapping sources of authority and a blurring...

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Oklahoma’s All-Out Attack on Historical Accuracy in the Classroom
Feb18

Oklahoma’s All-Out Attack on Historical Accuracy in the Classroom

Here’s a question for you: What do we need more of in our public schools? The correct answer is “money.” But lawmakers in Oklahoma have an answer of their own: “organized religion.” The new AP History curriculum hasn’t received much love from the Republican National Committee; back in September, they made headlines by condemning what they called a “radical,” “revisionist,” and “biased” curriculum. Coming under fire were those parts of...

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Christie’s flip-flop on Common Core
Feb13

Christie’s flip-flop on Common Core

The governor who tells it like it is, who speaks from the heart, is now sucking up to the Republican base with a calculated flip-flop on Common Core, the program to establish national standards for educational achievement. Common Core is toxic to the GOP base, which doesn’t like Washington playing any big role in education....

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Racing Extinction (Movie Review)
Feb11

Racing Extinction (Movie Review)

In the opening act of Racing Extinction, director Louis Psihoyos confesses that nothing is worse for the environment than making a movie about it, a heavy fact for someone as committed to awareness as he. If you’re going to succumb to a necessary evil, do it with the poignancy and desperate grandiosity of Psihoyos. With Racing Extinction, he and his team have created a loud, richly felt cry for the future of every species with which...

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A New Default Self
Feb02

A New Default Self

Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 percent Of everything you think, And of everything you do, Is for yourself – And there isn’t one. – Wei Wu Wei Wei Wu Wei is the pen name of Terence Gray, a 20th-century, Anglo-Irish author of pithy provocations aimed, like the one in the epigraph, at the prevailing notion of selfhood. By flatly denying the existence of self, he means to shock us into realizing that the self we take...

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Community Colleges Offer a Smooth Transition (Guest Voice)
Jan21

Community Colleges Offer a Smooth Transition (Guest Voice)

Community Colleges Offer a Smooth Transition By Dale Schlundt, M.A. The question of “where do I go from here” can be a daunting challenge for many high school seniors getting ready to advance to the next stage of their lives. The thought of “being on your own”, even if that means living at home while attending college, can be a scary and uncertain time in a young adult’s life. When an individual asks my advice about the next step...

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What Is College For?
Jan20

What Is College For?

What is college for? Though the answer may have once been obvious, it is no longer so. Even now, many would say college is for men and women to further their educations to increase their powers of critical thinking and to prepare themselves for careers in the real world. Really? Then why are football and basketball of the five major university conferences emphasized at the participating institutions and academics made secondary? Why...

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Pop Culture: And Then He/She/They Said…
Jan17
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The University of Chicago Grapples With Free Speech
Jan15

The University of Chicago Grapples With Free Speech

To put this in context, it occurred prior to the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris. The University of Chicago, through the Provost’s office, established a Committee on Freedom of Expression. The committee, comprised of seven professors from fields as diverse as medicine, law, psychology, literature and the arts, and headed by law professor Geoffrey Stone, was appointed to examine “recent events nationwide that have tested institutional...

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The community college cause
Jan12

The community college cause

WASHINGTON — Permit me to declare my bias: I came to revere community colleges for very personal reasons and learned to admire them because they are central to restoring social and economic mobility in our nation. My late mother spent most of her work life as a teacher and a librarian. Her passions were to get every kid she encountered to love reading and to encourage students to become the first in their families to seek higher...

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A Textbook Case of Willful Distortion
Jan11

A Textbook Case of Willful Distortion

by Walter Brasch HarperCollins says it’s sorry. It says it regrets not including Israel on a map of the Middle East in an atlas it published and distributed in the Middle East. It says all remaining copies of the atlas will be pulped. The Collins Primary Geography Atlas for the Middle East with a map that omitted Israel was described by the publisher in sales information as “an ideal school atlas for primary school geographers.” A...

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Obama’s Free Community College Proposal
Jan09

Obama’s Free Community College Proposal

After a couple of tragic days involving the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine, it is perhaps ironic, but certainly fortunate, that satire may take our minds off the horrific events in Paris at least for a few minutes. Yesterday, the Obama Administration announced plans to make two years of community college free for “responsible students” across America, a proposal that could benefit as many as 9 million students, according to the...

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A New Year’s Musing On America’s Dysfunctional Society & Broken Politics
Jan05

A New Year’s Musing On America’s Dysfunctional Society & Broken Politics

Scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. There is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe. ~ FRANK ZAPPA The United States enters the new year a deeply dysfunctional society with a severely fractured political establishment and a dearth of ideas about how to confront either. Police routinely abuse black men and...

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Setting America’s Priorities for 2015
Jan03

Setting America’s Priorities for 2015

Marci Rosenberg, a senior speech language pathologist at the University of Michigan, earns about $73,000 a year. Desmond Patton, who studies the problems of gang violence, is a professor at the University of Michigan. He earns about $80,000 a year. Patricia Reuter-Lorenz, who works with cerebral palsy children, is a professor at the University of Michigan. She earns about $136,000 a year. Ursula Jakob, a molecular biologist who is...

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Cartoon: School shootings
Nov18

Cartoon: School shootings

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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The Republican War on Science and Education
Nov18

The Republican War on Science and Education

While America and other western nations are concerned about climate change and ISIS, Republican conservatives take stances similar to some of those of ISIS and Boko Haram. The conservative wing of the Republican Party, which seems to dominate the party’s ideology, appears to be waging its own war against science and education. (Fortunately, they’re not quite as brutal in how they handle women as their Islamic counterparts.) Some of...

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Washington State Teen Shooter’s Family Living In ‘Nightmare’
Oct26

Washington State Teen Shooter’s Family Living In ‘Nightmare’

(Reuters) – Relatives of a Washington state teen accused of a high school shooting rampage said on Saturday that they were living in a “nightmare” and struggling to understand why the boy targeted his two cousins and several friends before killing himself. One girl was killed and four other freshman students were severely wounded in...

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Police: 2 dead, 4 wounded in high school shooting north of Seattle
Oct24

Police: 2 dead, 4 wounded in high school shooting north of Seattle

SEATTLE — Two students are dead after one of them opened fire Friday morning in the Marysville-Pilchuck High School cafeteria before turning the gun on himself, according to law enforcement sources. Police said four other people were wounded in the 10:45 a.m. shooting. Austin Joyner, a student at the school, said on Twitter that he...

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New Bullying Problem for Schools: Parents
Oct10

New Bullying Problem for Schools: Parents

BROOKLYN, New York — When you visit Brooklyn, you have to be amazed at the number of stoops. They’re scenic and historical. These graceful old stairways were often built steep because they were constructed during the era when Grand Pianos thrived, and when people would gather on the stoops to gossip, smoke and drink. In his excellent ebook, “Letters from Brooklyn,” detailing a detailed, three-year exploration...

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