VOICES FOR CHANGE

Five Facts for the Dangerously Deluded Education Reformers
Paul Buchheit
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Free-market capitalists view education in terms of products and profits. The products, to them, are our children. The profits go to savvy business people who use a "freedom to choose" rallying cry to convince parents that they're somehow being cheated by an equal-opportunity public school system.Education reformers focus on privatization, public program cutbacks, and plenty of revenue-producing testing. There are at least five truths about education reform that suggest ...

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The Journey to Self-Awareness
Robert J. Burrowes
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Self-awareness is the capacity to pay conscious attention to all aspects of yourself: to use sensory capacities such as sight, hearing and touch to provide accurate information about the external world; to use feelings such as thirst, hunger, nausea, dizziness and physical pain to provide accurate information about the state of your body and what it needs; to use memory to store and provide access to learning from past experience; to use your 'truth register' to detect ...

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The Last Commencement Address
Tom Engelhardt
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Internet Class of 2014, I’m in awe of you! To this giant, darkened auditorium filled with sparkling screens of every sort, welcome! 

It would, of course, be inaccurate to say, as speakers like me once did, that after four years of effort and experience you are now about to leave the hallowed halls of this campus and graduate into a new and adult world.  The odds are that you aren’t.  You were graduated into that world long ago.  ...

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Wall Street’s Bonus Inflation
Jim Hightower
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Not too many years ago, any news story about bonus money would’ve been about some 20-year-old baseball player — an up-and-coming superstar getting $100,000 or so on top of his salary as an extra incentive to join the Yankees, Giants, or whatever team.

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Israel’s War on American Universities
Chris Hedges
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The banning of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Northeastern University in Boston on March 7, along with a university threat of disciplinary measures against some of its members, replicates sanctions being imposed against numerous student Palestinian rights groups across the country. The attacks, and the disturbingly similar forms of punishment, appear to be part of a coordinated effort by the Israeli government and the Israel lobby to blacklist all student groups ...

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The Highly Educated Working Poor: Adjunct Professors
Jim Hightower
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There's a growing army of the working poor in our U.S. of A., and big contingents of it are now on the march. They're strategizing, organizing and mobilizing against the immoral economics of inequality being hung around America's neck by the likes of Wal-Mart, McDonald's and colleges.

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Universal Pre-K? Ask These Red State Republicans and Then Ask Grover Norquist
Joe Conason
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Among the biggest policy mistakes of the past 50 years is our continuing failure to provide quality early childhood education to all of America's kids. For children, families and society as a whole, the benefits of "universal pre-K" are not only significant and well-documented, but offset the financial cost many times over. Although we've been aware of these basic facts since the early '60s, most politicians have preferred to squander billions of dollars ...

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A Poor Educational System
Jim Hightower
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There’s a growing army of the working poor in our nation, and big contingents of these folks are now on the march. They’re strategizing, organizing, and mobilizing against the immoral economics of inequality being hung around America’s neck by the likes of Walmart, McDonald’s, and colleges.

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The Connection Between Poverty and Education
David Sirota
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Google the phrase "education crisis" and you'll be hit with a glut of articles, blog posts and think tank reports claiming the entire American school system is facing an emergency. Much of this agitprop additionally asserts that teachers unions are the primary cause of the alleged problem. Not surprisingly, the fabulists ...

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The New High School Diploma
David Sirota
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Whether or not President Obama's recent education-themed speeches are in direct response to Matt Taibbi's must-read Rolling Stone magazine article on the college loan crisis, it is great news that the White House is now taking the crisis more seriously. The credit bubble in college loans has ballooned into a systemic threat to the nation's economy. Additionally, as Taibbi documents, economic and political trends are now forcing an entire generation into a truly ...

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A Civics Lesson from America’s Education Debate
David Sirota
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Paradoxes come in all different forms, but here's one that perfectly fits this Gilded Age: The most significant lesson from the ongoing debate about American education has little to do with schools and everything to do with money. This lesson comes from a series of recent scandals that expose the financial motives of the leaders of ...

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Solving the Student Debt Crisis
Jim Hightower
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Well, finally! Hard-right congressional leaders and the Obama White House ultimately agreed that interest rates on student loans should not double to nearly 7 percent, as they let happen early in July. Instead, college students will be billed at a rate that will steadily rise to above 8 percent.

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Forget Student Loans: Make Higher Ed Free
Jim Hightower
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Well, finally! Hard-right congressional leaders and the Obama White House have agreed that interest rates on student loans should not double to nearly 7 percent, as they let happen early in July. Instead, college students will be billed at a rate that will steadily rise higher than 8 percent.

This is progress?

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Elizabeth Warren’s QE for Students: Populist Demagoguery or Economic Breakthrough?
Ellen Brown
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On July 1, interest rates will double for millions of students – from 3.4% to 6.8% – unless Congress acts; and the legislative fixes on the table are largely just compromises. Only one proposal promises real relief – Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “Bank on ...

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Let Us Commence Toward the Common Good
Jim Hightower
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Ironically, June is both the month of the summer solstice and of America's biggest annual blizzard.

I don't mean a weather event blowing in from the Arctic, but a merciless ...

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Student Loans on the Cheap
Dean Baker
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Last month Senator Elizabeth Warren put forward her first bill as a senator, a proposal to allow students to borrow for college at a 0.75 percent interest rate, the same rate that the Federal Reserve Board charges banks for borrowing reserves. In putting forward the bill Warren noted the rapid run up in student debt at a time when recent graduates face an especially bleak job ...

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Just Begin
Tom Engelhardt
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Here may be the most commonplace sentence anyone could write about graduation day in any year: when I think back to my own graduation in 1966, an eon, a lifetime, a world ago, I have no memory of who addressed us.  None.  I have a little packet of photos of the event: shots of my ...

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How to Get Fit Without Really Trying
Froma Harrop
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We may not have time for exercise, but there's always time to read about exercise. And while the motivation to exercise may not be tops, the motivation to shop for "aids" to exercise seems forever strong.

Both activities offer the gratifying sense that we're getting somewhere, fitness-wise. We know that at some ...

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The University of Massachusetts Econ Department: How We Know Reinhart and Rogoff Were Wrong
Dean Baker
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The worldwide debate over fiscal policy and austerity was turned upside down last week by a paper co-authored by a University of Massachusetts grad student Thomas Herndon and two professors, Michael Ash and Robert Pollin (HAP). The paper uncovered serious ...

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Rosa Parks, Now and Forever
Amy Goodman
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On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger in Montgomery, Ala., thus launching the modern-day civil-rights movement. Monday, Feb. 4, is the 100th anniversary of her birth. After she died at the age of 92 in 2005, much of the media described her as a tired seamstress, no troublemaker. But the media got it wrong. Rosa Parks was a ...

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The Hidden Story Behind Student Loan Debt
Jasmine Tucker and Robin Claremont
Op-Ed
Creating a Learning Society
Joseph E. Stiglitz
News Report
Families of the Future
Anne-Marie Slaughter
Op-Ed

FROM AROUND THE WEB

Mass Shootings

Students Take Down Gunman in Seattle College Shooting

When the gunman paused to reload his firearm, one student pepper-sprayed, while several others wrestled him to the ground during the fatal shooting yesterday.

Education

LeVar Burton Wants To Bring His New "Reading Rainbow" to Low-Income Kids for Free

Burton has started a Kickstarter campaign to do it

Student Loans

Student Loan Revenues Should be a Closed System

Elizabeth Warren has a smart plan to rein in student loan interest. But here’s the real answer to our debt disaster.

Education

Availability of state-funded pre-K varies widely

10 states have no such program

Education

Education in America vs. Finland

Here’s what’s behind the claim that education is the panacea to inequality—and why it has the answer all wrong.

Student Loans

Democrats to Use Elizabeth Warren’s Student Loan Bill as Wedge for 2014 Mid-Term Elections

Many Republicans don't want to grant students relief on their student loan debt. Dems aim to make that a liability for them this fall.

School Investigation

US Teachers Nowhere as Diverse as Their Students

Almost half the students attending public schools are minorities, fewer than 1 of 5 of their teachers is nonwhite.

Human Rights

55 Colleges and Universities Under Investigation on How Each Handled Sexual Abuse Allegations

Washington says process is about handling of complaints, not judgement, as it reveals 55 colleges facing probe.

Mass Shootings

15 Years After Massacre at Columbine, Mass Shootings Continue in America

It was the deadliest American school shooting on record and a national trauma at the time, yet no longer.

Space Travel

Meet the university students trying to send a spacecraft to the moon — for ten million dollars

Penn State’s “Lunar Lions” tell Salon about their trailblazing effort to put students in space

Global Economy

America is Becoming a Second-Rate Nation

The Social Progress Index revealed the success of countries and America is in “warp-speed decline.”

Education

More Bad News for Millennials: College Is Actually Making Inequality Worse

It might surprise you, but higher education is actually widening the gap between the haves and the have-nots

Education

Say Goodbye to Public Schools: Diane Ravitch Warns Salon Some Cities Will Soon Have None

“Why destroy public education so that a handful can boast they have a charter school in addition to their yacht?”

Gun Rights

Approved Measure Allows Idaho Resident to Carry Concealed Guns on College Campuses

Lawmakers passed the bill on Thursday making it legal for people with an enhanced concealed-carry permit to carry firearms on campus.

Education

Free Preschool Being Pushed in California

A new proposal to fund free public preschool for all children in California is expected to be announced.

Mass Shootings

One Year Later, A Somber Remembrance of Sandy Hook Shooting Victims

Emotion and sadness is still present in Newtown, Conn., the scene of the tragic mass school shooting that killed many children and school administrators.

Space Travel

China Launch a Historic Moon Rover Monday

Country’s first lunar probe aims to seek out natural resources as space program becomes priority for leadership.

Education

University Gratis

Education is being hacked.

Education

College is Getting Cheaper

There’s some good news on college tuition.

Education

Home Economics Reimagined

The youth need help adapting to the world they are about to enter.

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