From the point of view of the American elite, the purpose of the university is to produce a higher-level labor force and conduct research for profit, military domination and social stability.
Is the US system of public education in crisis? Many say the answer to that question is no. But almost all agree that we have two systems of public education in the United States - one based principally, though not entirely, in the suburbs and another that is based principally in poorer urban and rural areas. One is, unarguably in crisis. The other is not. These articles discuss the root causes and possible solutions.
Nick Melvoin and his billionaire backers dramatically outspent school board president Steve Zimmer’s campaign, making the District 4 race the most expensive in LAUSD history.
I know this is unusual, but because my opponent has lied so much about my record, I thought I would just go ahead and do this myself.
The so-called “Independent” campaign for Melvoin — funded by big oil, big tobacco, Walmart, Enron, and other out-of-town corporations and billionaires — has included astonishingly ugly, deceptive, and false attack ads against Zimmer.
For Nick Melvoin’s donor base of plutocrats, the maximum $2,200 campaign contribution ($1100 for each election) is penny-ante chump-change; real giving is made soto-voce to independent expenditure committees, where contributions are more easily shielded from disclosure.
As fundamental and vital as the act of teaching and learning is, the learning by experience of interaction without prejudice is most important of all.
Extensive research shows we must find a way to fund and organize more instructional time. Dozens of studies of campuses with longer school days and school years have found that such schools do better, especially in serving students considered to be at-risk.
With an overwhelming majority of voters expected to vote absentee in this monumental yet little known run-off election, there’s no time to waste for Zimmer and Padilla supporters
It’s time for patriotic Americans to stand up and say, “No More!” Few Americans realize that the numbers we use every day are actually Arabic numbers!
Sara Roos: Recent school board candidate’s statements casting shade on LAUSD’s current solvency are just wrong.
Peter Laarman: While billionaire fascination with charters is well worth exploring and exposing, the steady advance of state-level schemes to fund religious education using taxpayer funds barely breaks the surface of media attention.
Sara Roos: Cute videos have peppered the website of Steve Zimmer’s opponents claiming to be shocked at the suggestion that big money is sloshing about the LAUSD4 school board race.
Karen Wolfe: In my neighborhood, charter schools marketed themselves to white, middle class families as a way to send their kids to school without “those kids”.