Badass Mark Naison and the Growing Conflict in American Education: A Book Review

One of the many carefully orchestrated myths of the corporate “reformers” who have hijacked American education this century is that opposition comes only from the Tea Party and from teachers union ‘dead enders.’ All right-thinking Americans, the myth goes, recognize that our public schools have failed and that education in the United States can only be … Continue reading Badass Mark Naison and the Growing Conflict in American Education: A Book Review

WHAT WILL THE STUDENT-LOAN CRISIS MEAN FOR COLLEGES?

The following is cross-posted from the Academe blog:Paul Solman of PBS, says “Student loan debt is actually a crushing burden for many, especially in the current jobless maybe-it-is/maybe-it-isn't recovery.” Students now starting college--or a year or two away--are absolutely aware of that burden. Their choices are going to be determined by how much of it they … Continue reading WHAT WILL THE STUDENT-LOAN CRISIS MEAN FOR COLLEGES?

In the Land of Manufactured Controversey

Developments in two manufactured controversies recently--one serious and one trivial--bring me back again to that well-known feeling of helplessness at the core of twenty-first-century existence. The first was Richard Muller's mea culpa in The New York Times. After two years of study, he acknowledges that human-sparked climate change is real--something anyone with any sense has … Continue reading In the Land of Manufactured Controversey