Getting College Wrong: Pedagogy of the Depressed

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Joseph Palermo: It’s as if the baby boomers, having gotten their own quality schooling for a fraction of the price students pay today, are kicking the ladder out from under their children and grandchildren and substituting it with a shoddy, privatized product to which they, in their youth, never would have succumbed.

The School Reform Credo

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Mark Naison: We must also unleash the genius of the business world into the system by subcontracting test development and evaluation to corporations with the resources to do these well and have all school employees wages and salaries targeted to performance the way virtually all business do.

“Do The Math” Comes to LA November 11th

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This November, leading environmental writer and 350.org founder Bill McKibben is hitting the road for a 21-city tour that will kick-start the next phase of the climate movement

California’s Public Higher Education Must Be Protected

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Joseph Palermo: I have been astonished to see how fast and careless some baby-boomer administrators and ambitious faculty members can be when aggressively pushing “reforms” that would virtually gut the university system their parents’ generation built.

The Unions, the Millionaires Tax, and the Road to Success

Community members gathered at the Elihu M. Harris State of California Office Building in support of the Millionaires Tax. (Daily Californian)

Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: Students, teachers, and social service workers in the Occupy Education movement are not wavering in their commitment to the Millionaires Tax, despite union capitulation to pressure from Governor Brown.

Medical Self Defense and the Black Panther Party

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In her new book, Columbia professor Alondra Nelson documents the multifaceted (and under-reported) health activism of the Panthers.

In the Closet at CNN

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Irene Monroe: One of the motivating reasons for Lemon, 45, now revealing his sexual orientation is because of the suicide of 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman, Tyler Clementi.

Boehner, Day, and Obama: Contrasting Christian Approaches to Society and Politics

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Walter Moss: Christian teaching, as Boehner, Day, and Obama all have recognized, stresses humility. Such humility should lead Christians, as the great majority of our politicians claim to be, to work openly and pragmatically, not dogmatically, for the common good.

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White House Plans to Improve Latino Education

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Andrea Nill: While there will undoubtedly be at least a handful of right-wingers who accuse the Obama administration of pandering to minorities, helping Latinos raise their educational achievement should be a national priority.

Californians Benefit from Funding Higher Education

Tracy Emblem: California taxpayers should carefully consider the cost-benefit analysis, because when we cut public funding for these institutions, we cut our state’s economic advantage and future prosperity.

Sarah Palin: Professor of Freedom?

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Ron Wolff: I suggest that it is not necessary to postulate bias against conservatives as the reason for the preponderance of liberals in academia. The simpler answer is that conservatives (with exceptions! I don’t want to over-generalize!) are less able (or at least less inclined) to engage in critical thinking worthy of an academic environment.

Why Johnny Can’t Think Critically

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Rev. Irene Monroe: A mind is a terribly thing to waste. But for conservatives and Tea Party activists who want to indoctrinate our kids rather than to educate them, a mind is a terrible thing to have. Now with far-right activists like Glen Beck pushing for more Jesus and less Darwin — working to reshape the academic landscape in schools, colleges and universities across the country — we will soon know without having to wonder “Why Johnny Can’t Think Critically.”

Racially Biased SAT Speaks to a Broken Education System

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David Love: Is the SAT racially biased? The College Board says score disparities are due to educational inequities but the Harvard Educational Review disagrees.

Generations

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Joseph Palermo: he Boomers have contributed so much to the world and transformed it in so many amazing ways — technologically, sociologically, emotionally, etc. (made possible by the investments in education of their parents) — Yet they’ve decided to let their children fend for themselves. They’ve so failed us. The Boomers have made more money collectively than any generation in human history but they appear intent on hogging it all.

California’s Higher Education System Is Worth Fighting For – And We Will

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Joseph Palermo: Sadly, the clear winner in recent years has been the California of small things and small ideas. Through an outdated flaw in the structure of governance, one-third of the Legislature has a stranglehold on the state’s finances. The other two-thirds (the majority) knows the state is heading in the wrong direction. Yet given its lack of control over the purse strings, it’s left flailing around passing a lot of symbolic laws that go nowhere.

There Should Be More Pro Athletes Like Tracy McGrady

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Rarely these days do we see such bold statements and actions from our professional athletes. Perhaps it speaks to a past era, when people in the spotlight viewed themselves as representatives of their community.

Of Financial Capital and Human Capital: Why We’re Bailing Out Wall Street While Allowing Our Schools to Get Clobbered

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by Robert Reich – Our preoccupation with the immediate crisis of financial capital is causing us to overlook the bigger crisis in America’s human capital. While we commit hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to Wall Street, we’re slashing our outlays for public education.

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