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  • Reply to: Teach for America 2, Parents 4: A Tale of Two Elections   1 week 4 days ago
    Nice article! Parents and teachers are on the same team. We both want our students to do well. Pretty amazing that was applied in a school board race and kept reform minded funders out.
  • Reply to: Singling Out Students Who “Got to Go”—An American Institution   2 weeks 2 days ago
    As a Success Academy parent and a Progressive, I can tell you that many Progressives are wrong about Success Academy, both on the facts and on the context. In many economically impoverished neighborhoods of NYC, that have schools where over 80% of students read or add below grade level, Success Academy offers a substantially better alternative to most kids. Parents know that and flock to it, with 10 applications for every open seats. Success Academy is not perfect, but once you look at the other alternatives in these neighborhoods - oh boy, then you begin to understand why Success Academy is so popular.
  • Reply to: Singling Out Students Who “Got to Go”—An American Institution   2 weeks 3 days ago
    What happened to Responsibility and Accountability? . . .Why isn’t somebody somewhere Responsible for actually fixing problems in Public Schools? . . Isn’t somebody somewhere Accountable to public school children and their families ? Accountable for results in their own public schools, Not just to find ways to get the children and their families’ public schools out-of-sight, “off the books” as charters! . . The rush to charters, without actually solving pedagogy issues in public schools first, is just ‘kicking the can further down the road’. Let’s actually deal with issues in public schools, before passing the buck to charters. . . Just one of those (central) issues to be solved is at LucidWitness . com . . . (Search "The Rush to Charters Ignores Real Issue")
  • Reply to: Charter Schools Shrink Boston’s Vision for Public Ed   2 weeks 4 days ago
    You're implying charters are best for kids? Nationwide charters perform about the same as public or worse. Unlike public, there are massive scandals associated with them - charter operators syphoning off millions for their own interests, test cheating, little to no accountability. The purpose of charter schools is to put public money in private hands, and to destroy unions. They have nothing to do with improving education.
  • Reply to: Obama's Escalation in Syria   2 weeks 4 days ago
    Not true. There is no question, however, that US policies helped lead to the emergence of ISIS:
  • Reply to: Obama's Escalation in Syria   2 weeks 5 days ago
    Impeach Obama! He's overstepped his powers as president.
  • Reply to: Obama Mashup Calls Charleston Killer a “Thriller.” All in Good Fun?   2 weeks 5 days ago
    No, your reaction is not overblown. That video is part of a phenomenon that academics and other serious thinkers refer to as Society of the Spectacle, aka Death of the Real, first described by French philosopher Guy Debord in a book that explores cultural imperialism, degradation of human life, and other capitalist goodies. We see the "Spectacle" all around us these days, especially in the mainstream mass media and the gist of it is this: truth is profane and illusion is sacred. I just learned about Debord's theories a couple of days ago, being fortunate enough to hear UW-Parkside sociology professor, Seif Da'Na speak at at UW-Madison event sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine. Da'Na referenced Debord in his talk about the roots of the Israel/Palestine conflict.
  • Reply to: "Going Mobil:" An Oil Giant Switches from Cutting Edge Climate Research to Climate Denial   2 weeks 5 days ago
    Exxon has yet to make a real effort to clean their toxins in Alaska. They will continue, along with our government, to ignore and hope that we have very short memories of the Gulf of Mexico spewing oil for months and the 11 people that died on the site. The Supreme Court ruled that Corporations are citizens unto the single corporation has the same (CEO, Share Holders, or Board of Directors) rights as a single citizen and so have the right of free speech (money as free speech to bribe our senate and house representatives) so they, as all citizens that are tried for their crimes, should be tried for the crime of manslaughter due to their neglect of safety rules that are Federally mandated. They want us to forget that the toxins are in place in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico and WILL have long term effects on all sea life and so us all. I for one will not forget. Kevin David DiRito
  • Reply to: Charter Schools Shrink Boston’s Vision for Public Ed   2 weeks 6 days ago
    No mention of the Boston employee unions who seem to be the loudest voices in objecting to raising the cap? This issue is more about protecting union benefits than what is best for kids
  • Reply to: Obama's Escalation in Syria   3 weeks 4 hours ago
    Not only that, but it is well known that Obama along with Clinton and others created ISIS and have funded them with millions of US dollars and weaponry.



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We need to improve the condition of workers this Thanksgiving weekend. Here's what you can do.

By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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