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July 29, 2008

Edbizbuzz Discloses Involvement in Presidential Campaign

However minor my role in the development of Senator McCain’s education policy, I think it’s better for all concerned if the relationship is placed on the table at a time when it is least likely to influence or be influenced by campaign events - or be characterized as such.

May 31, 2008

The Temptation of McCarthyism - On the Left

I’ve written about the dangerous move towards McCarthyism Fordham's Mike Petrilli took asking AERA's board to boot former Weather Underground founder William Ayers as an “unrepentant terrorist.” There’s not much difference between that and implying that AEI's Frederick Hess is at best insensitive to issues of race, at worst a racist.

May 23, 2008

The Ayers Affair (VI): What About Petrilli's Memo?

I was absolutely stunned to read Petrilli’s post. I was not surprised to see such remarks in the blogosphere, and not necessarily from Mike Petrilli - although I had no idea of his experience or interest in national security or law. I was very surprised to see such a statement from Fordham’s number two.

May 23, 2008

The Ayers Affair (V): Petrilli v. Eduwonkette

Petrilli called Ayers a terrorist and suggested a moral shortcoming that AREA should address. Eduwonkette did not answer in kind, but implied that some might question the moral stature of Edwin Meese and Donald Rumsfeld, and ask members of the Hoover Institute to boot them.

May 22, 2008

The Ayers Affair (IV): In The Interest of Full Disclosure (Cont.)

Ayers views on education are inconsequential, in the sense that they are not the basis of teaching and learning in many America schools or classrooms. The philosophical bases of the pedagogies proposed by Ayers on the left or E.D. Hirsch on the right are so far over the heads of teachers and administrators that their debate is quite literally "purely academic."

May 22, 2008

The Ayers Affair (IV): In the Interest of Full Disclosure

Ayers' decision to form the Weatherman was a huge mistake. Bombings carried out by the Weathermen were illegal.

May 22, 2008

The Ayers Affair (III): Right v. Left

If the center of the AERA’s political gravity lies near the Democratic Party’s social liberal left, Fordham and Manhattan lean towards the Republican Party’s social conservative right. There's nothing inherently subversive or wrong with either group's relationships or objectives. It's just a description of facts on the ground and of the protagonists in our "culture wars."

May 22, 2008

The Ayers Affair (II): The Education Angle

The Story Breaks William Ayers, now a professor at the University Illinois - Chicago, was a founding member of the Weather Underground. To summarize and simplify solely for the purpose of starting this discussion (more detail to follow), the Weathermen bombed government buildings to protest America...

May 22, 2008

The Ayers Affair (I): Introduction

The debate around former Weatherman William Ayers - his past activities, his political philosophy, his views on education, his personal and professional relationships, and the individuals and organizations who have those relationships - says far mare about the nature of policymaking in public education than many realize.

May 19, 2008

Reply to Ravitch on McCarthyism in the K-12 Debate

Respectfully.... I did not call Mike a McCarthyite in my initial posting on the subject, although I did say his approach heads us in that direction.

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