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July 11, 2012

The State of Public Education; The State of Movements for Human Rights

As I announced yesterday, we are moving this blog to a new livelier format at Participatory Democracy and Public Education.  I want to take the opportunity of this last blog to share my sense of where Public Education and the movements for human rights in general, are going.

July 10, 2012

Our Vision for Democracy and Education and 6 Actions to Get There

As mentioned in previous blog posts we are moving this blog today to a new home:  Participatory Democracy and Public Education.  The new blog will host an active discussion format among the four of us -- Bryant, Saulo, Patrick and I.  Please join in on our conversations there.

June 27, 2012

Kids Mean Money

A for-profit company has succeeded in maneuvering the Cabarrus County, NC school board to create an online Charter School.  This is also happening in Pennsylvania and other parts of the county where corporations are taking public dollars to make profits using unsuccessful methods. 

May 25, 2012

Québec's Student Strike: La Lutte Continue, but What Lessons Can We Learn?

Striking university students in Québec are well into their 15th week of continuous protests. Their strike, which began primarily in opposition to student debt and the proposed 75% tuition hike, has since expanded to encompass wider critiques of both the university system itself and larger issues of austerity and neoliberal economic reform.

May 07, 2012

Fishing for Solutions

Safety. How do we define it? Can it be provided by metal detectors? Or by searching every "suspicious" character in sight?

April 29, 2012

The Current Moment: Social Justice Movements Bending the Arc Toward Justice

Economic inequities have become much more pronounced in the United States and other societies since the 1970s. As we witness what Robert Reich called the "secession of the successful," poverty and near-poverty rates are at 40-year highs and much of the middle class has been squeezed into extraordinary economic insecurity, while the top few percentiles of the economic ladder do stunningly well.

April 20, 2012

The Case for the National Student Bill of Rights

Welcome again, Bryant Muldrew, as one of our most consistent and long-term guest bloggers! Bryant is helping build our Democracy and Education conversation. As readers may recall, Mr. Muldrew is a leader in the National Student Bill of Rights Movement. He is a powerful advocate for students' voices...

April 17, 2012

Apartheid Education in New York City

A new report documents that in New York City student education outcomes and their opportunity to learn are more determined by where they live than their abilities. In addition to documenting the problem, the report lays out solutions.

April 02, 2012

Building a National Security State on the Backs of Teachers

Joel Klein of the Murdoch organization and Condoleezza Rice of the Hoover Institution would have us believe that the purpose of American education is to better educate the military. It is difficult to think of a precedent for this astonishing view.

March 05, 2012

Setting Real Standards of Nutrition

The Obama administration is currently working to set higher nutritional standards for the food students have access to outside of the cafeteria. The administration is overlooking the nutritional value of foods served in the cafeteria.

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