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  • Reply to: Senate Historian Removes Ron Johnson's Big Lie from Official Bio   6 days 5 hours ago
    Correction made. Thank you!
  • Reply to: Takin' It to the Streets—Brazilians Protest President’s Ouster   6 days 6 hours ago
    I would like to know who is supporting Temer and who or what forces are helping Temer to place Brazil under an austerity driven government. Lastly, if Rousseff is accused of cooking the books, then perhaps we should look at nearly every single U.S. politician and start demanding true transparency.
  • Reply to: Ralph Nader's Democracy Crusade   6 days 9 hours ago
    You're kidding, right? The only words Ralph Nader should ever utter in public again are "I'm so sorry, please forgive me".
  • Reply to: Here’s What a Great School Looks Like   6 days 11 hours ago

    Yes, it is a traditional school in the sense that there is a Principal and teachers who provide assessments of the students at the end of a semester but the critical piece is that the students have a voice.

    The first experience I had when my daughter started at Nova was that I was to back away and allow my daughter to make decisions for herself. It was a learning process for me and a period of growth for her.

    About the term "authority", it's more about consensus and this happens in a room with students and staff who raise their opinions, thoughts and concerns and then take a vote when they feel it's time. Consensus is the goal though.

    And yes, we are talking about a public school within a public school district which is publicly funded so there are boundaries. What the point of this article is that with all the focus on charter schools and the downplaying of the success of many public schools and programs around the country, its time to talk about schools that work for the students, are a place of excitement and discovery and a safe haven for all.

  • Reply to: Ralph Nader's Democracy Crusade   6 days 20 hours ago
    Donald Trump should make Ralph Nader his running mate. Because Ralph sure knows how to get a Republican elected President. Sounds like he's trying to pass on his knowledge to Bernie.
  • Reply to: School Austerity Measures Come to the Suburbs   6 days 22 hours ago
    I'm in Howard County and we pulled our oldest out to homeschool because we were so unhappy with the direction we see the school system headed, particularly for kids who struggle. We see very shallow, metrics-oriented superintendent pushing a very shallow, metrics-oriented curriculum on on-grade and below-grade kids. Fewer resources are going to be put toward intervention as consultants help superintendents like ours look for flashier ways to spend funds. Education-focused parents in our affluent county are currently watching with great interest the current budget struggle between the superintendent and county council. The superintendent asked for an obscene increase with little justification and because she didn't get the entire increase is now pushing cuts she no doubt wanted to make anyway. The article doesn't note how much teacher morale has dropped under this superintendent, how experienced teachers are being pushed out and how staff have been threatened overtly or subtly with repercussions including dismissal if they voice any dissent with the superintendent's policies. One positive for our county - in a recent school board primary, three board members who have been supportive of the superintendent's policies were up for reelection and two out of three did not make it past the primary and the third hopefully won't make it past the general election. Parents need to be very aware of this new breed of superintendent. They look good on paper but in reality they hop from one school system to another pushing drastic but unproven corporate reforms and have more interest in self-promotion than in increased opportunities for students.
  • Reply to: What Is a Community School?   1 week 7 hours ago
    I wonder how many people know that "Strivetogether" a program linked to the implementation of Full Service Community School models nationwide, is actually a program of Knowledgeworks, an organization created by Bill Gates and based out of Ohio that is pursuing data-driven, competency-based education models? The United Way is heavily involved, too, as their goal is to ensure the workforce development pipeline delivers the widgets (or children) in appropriate numbers that wages can continue to be suppressed. http://www.knowledgeworks.org/policy/competency and http://www.communityschools.org/about/united_way_community_schools_learning_community.aspx I think they are counting on people not finding out until it is too late. But Twin Cities' residents, this program has already arrived in your community: http://www.strivetogether.org/news/media-appearances/twin-cities-strive-announced-new-sif-grantee Pay attention. The vision you have for community schools may ultimately result in an out-sourced "learning ecosystem" model where community partners do the teaching (that is the teaching that is not done online), and "teachers" just handle the paperwork as 100s of students pursue their "personalized" learning pathways slogging from "cradle to career." http://www.knowledgeworks.org/sites/default/files/future-ed-workforce-roles-learning-ecosystem.pdf More links here: https://appsphilly.net/what-could-be-wrong-with-a-community-school-model/
  • Reply to: Puerto Rico's School Crisis   1 week 8 hours ago
    ¿Qué consenso puertorriqueño? por José M. López Sierra Todo el mundo dice querer un consenso puertorriqueño. ¡Otros hasta dicen tenerlo! Pero, ¿Dónde está? Algunos creen que lo primordial es evitar que el gobierno de Estados Unidos nos espete la Junta de Control Fiscal. Otros creen que tenemos que derrocar la Ley de Cabotaje. Otros creen que tenemos que sacar al Gobernador de Puerto Rico Alejandro García Padilla de La Fortaleza. Y otros creen que tenemos que asegurarnos que gane Hilary Clinton a la presidencia de Estados Unidos, para que no sea el loco y racista Donald Trump. Pero nadie está hablando de que para un proceso de descolonización ser válido baja la ley internacional tiene que surgir del mismo pueblo colonizado. Si estaríamos claro de eso, y supiéramos que tenemos el derecho inalienable bajo la ley internacional de usar todos los medios necesarios para descolonizarnos, tendríamos ese consenso indispensable para liberarnos. Dado el hecho de que el gobierno de Estados Unidos ha ignorado 34 resoluciones de la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU) pidiéndole que descolonice inmediatamente a Puerto Rico, sabemos por seguro que ese gobierno no cree en la JUSTICIA PARA TODOS. Ese gobierno ha usado su poderío económico y militar para imponernos su voluntad y para violar nuestro derecho y violar la voluntad internacional. Dado esa realidad indiscutible, hace ya mucho tiempo que los puertorriqueños deberíamos haber impuesto nuestra voluntad sobre el gobierno de Estados Unidos. ¿Cómo haríamos eso? Un tsunami de nosotros debemos de salir a la calle para marcha y protestar pacíficamente y permanentemente para que se nos respecte nuestro derecho inalienable a la autodeternacion e independencia. Debemos insistir que el proceso de nuestra descolonización sea según la ley internacional democráticamente acordado en el 1960 por la ONU. Ese consenso, resolveríamos, además de nuestras divisiones que nos ha mantenido estancado por 118 años en el coloniaje, el problema de la Junta de Control Fiscal, la Ley de Cabotaje, el gobernador, y el loco y racista Donald Trump. Nuestra salvación colectiva vendrá cuando aprendamos a confiar en nosotros misma, como en el poema de Rafael Cancel Miranda, “Sed tu propio sol.” Vea la vista de la ONU sobre la descolonización de Puerto Rico por WIPR 940 AM y el Canal 13 Televisión de Puerto Rico el lunes, 20 de junio de 2016 de 9 a 5 PM. Esta transmisión histórica se hará todos los año para sacar del closet a la colonia más vieja del mundo. Llame a Edwin Chungo Molina al 561-758-7509 de InformacionAlDesnudo, si le gustaría ayudar auspiciarla. www.TodosUnidosDescolonizarPR.blogspot.com What Puerto Rican consensus? by José M. López Sierra Everyone says he or she wants a Puerto Rican consensus. Others even say that they have it! But, where is it? Some believe that our biggest problem is avoiding the United States (US) government’s imposition of its Financial Control Board. Others believe that we have to do away with the law requiring us to use US ships for the importation of goods. Others believe that we have to get rid of Puerto Rico’s Governor Alejandro García Padilla. And still others believe that we must make sure that Hilary Clinton becomes the next president of the United States, to avoid that crazy and racist Donald Trump. But nobody is talking about the fact that for a decolonization process to be valid under international law, it must originate from the colonized people. If we were clear about that, and knew that we had the inalienable right under international law to use any means necessary to decolonize ourselves, we would have that indispensable consensus for our liberation. Given the fact that the US government has ignored 34 United Nations’ (UN) resolutions asking it to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico, we know for sure that it does not believe in JUSTICE FOR ALL! This government has used it economic and military power to impose its will on us, and violate our right and the will of the international community. Given this irrefutable reality, it has long been time for Puerto Ricans to impose our will on the US government. How do we do that? A tsunami of us should vote with our feet to permanently and peacefully march and protest that our inalienable right to self-determination and independence be respected. We should insist that our decolonization process be in accordance with the 1960 international law democratically adopted by the UN. This consensus would resolve, along with the division that has stagnated us with 118 years of colonialism, the problems of the financial board, the maritime shipping law, the Puerto Rico governor, and the crazy and racist Donald Trump. Our collective salvation will come only when we realize that we must confide in ourselves, like in Rafael Cancel Miranda’s poem, “Be your own sun.” Watch the UN’s hearing on Puerto Rico decolonization on WIPR 940 AM and on Channel 13 Puerto Rican Television on Monday, June 20, 2016 from 9 to 5 PM. This historic broadcast will occur every year from now on to take out the closet the oldest colony in the world. Call Edwin Chungo Molina from InformacionAlDesnudo at 561-758-7509, if you would like to help sponsor it. www.TodosUnidosDescolonizarPR.blogspot.com
  • Reply to: Puerto Rican prisoner should be freed   1 week 10 hours ago
    ¿Qué consenso puertorriqueño? por José M. López Sierra Todo el mundo dice querer un consenso puertorriqueño. ¡Otros hasta dicen tenerlo! Pero, ¿Dónde está? Algunos creen que lo primordial es evitar que el gobierno de Estados Unidos nos espete la Junta de Control Fiscal. Otros creen que tenemos que derrocar la Ley de Cabotaje. Otros creen que tenemos que sacar al Gobernador de Puerto Rico Alejandro García Padilla de La Fortaleza. Y otros creen que tenemos que asegurarnos que gane Hilary Clinton a la presidencia de Estados Unidos, para que no sea el loco y racista Donald Trump. Pero nadie está hablando de que para un proceso de descolonización ser válido baja la ley internacional tiene que surgir del mismo pueblo colonizado. Si estaríamos claro de eso, y supiéramos que tenemos el derecho inalienable bajo la ley internacional de usar todos los medios necesarios para descolonizarnos, tendríamos ese consenso indispensable para liberarnos. Dado el hecho de que el gobierno de Estados Unidos ha ignorado 34 resoluciones de la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU) pidiéndole que descolonice inmediatamente a Puerto Rico, sabemos por seguro que ese gobierno no cree en la JUSTICIA PARA TODOS. Ese gobierno ha usado su poderío económico y militar para imponernos su voluntad y para violar nuestro derecho y violar la voluntad internacional. Dado esa realidad indiscutible, hace ya mucho tiempo que los puertorriqueños deberíamos haber impuesto nuestra voluntad sobre el gobierno de Estados Unidos. ¿Cómo haríamos eso? Un tsunami de nosotros debemos de salir a la calle para marcha y protestar pacíficamente y permanentemente para que se nos respecte nuestro derecho inalienable a la autodeternacion e independencia. Debemos insistir que el proceso de nuestra descolonización sea según la ley internacional democráticamente acordado en el 1960 por la ONU. Ese consenso, resolveríamos, además de nuestras divisiones que nos ha mantenido estancado por 118 años en el coloniaje, el problema de la Junta de Control Fiscal, la Ley de Cabotaje, el gobernador, y el loco y racista Donald Trump. Nuestra salvación colectiva vendrá cuando aprendamos a confiar en nosotros misma, como en el poema de Rafael Cancel Miranda, “Sed tu propio sol.” Vea la vista de la ONU sobre la descolonización de Puerto Rico por WIPR 940 AM y el Canal 13 Televisión de Puerto Rico el lunes, 20 de junio de 2016 de 9 a 5 PM. Esta transmisión histórica se hará todos los año para sacar del closet a la colonia más vieja del mundo. Llame a Edwin Chungo Molina al 561-758-7509 de InformacionAlDesnudo, si le gustaría ayudar auspiciarla. www.TodosUnidosDescolonizarPR.blogspot.com What Puerto Rican consensus? by José M. López Sierra Everyone says he or she wants a Puerto Rican consensus. Others even say that they have it! But, where is it? Some believe that our biggest problem is avoiding the United States (US) government’s imposition of its Financial Control Board. Others believe that we have to do away with the law requiring us to use US ships for the importation of goods. Others believe that we have to get rid of Puerto Rico’s Governor Alejandro García Padilla. And still others believe that we must make sure that Hilary Clinton becomes the next president of the United States, to avoid that crazy and racist Donald Trump. But nobody is talking about the fact that for a decolonization process to be valid under international law, it must originate from the colonized people. If we were clear about that, and knew that we had the inalienable right under international law to use any means necessary to decolonize ourselves, we would have that indispensable consensus for our liberation. Given the fact that the US government has ignored 34 United Nations’ (UN) resolutions asking it to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico, we know for sure that it does not believe in JUSTICE FOR ALL! This government has used it economic and military power to impose its will on us, and violate our right and the will of the international community. Given this irrefutable reality, it has long been time for Puerto Ricans to impose our will on the US government. How do we do that? A tsunami of us should vote with our feet to permanently and peacefully march and protest that our inalienable right to self-determination and independence be respected. We should insist that our decolonization process be in accordance with the 1960 international law democratically adopted by the UN. This consensus would resolve, along with the division that has stagnated us with 118 years of colonialism, the problems of the financial board, the maritime shipping law, the Puerto Rico governor, and the crazy and racist Donald Trump. Our collective salvation will come only when we realize that we must confide in ourselves, like in Rafael Cancel Miranda’s poem, “Be your own sun.” Watch the UN’s hearing on Puerto Rico decolonization on WIPR 940 AM and on Channel 13 Puerto Rican Television on Monday, June 20, 2016 from 9 to 5 PM. This historic broadcast will occur every year from now on to take out the closet the oldest colony in the world. Call Edwin Chungo Molina from InformacionAlDesnudo at 561-758-7509, if you would like to help sponsor it. www.TodosUnidosDescolonizarPR.blogspot.com
  • Reply to: Senate Historian Removes Ron Johnson's Big Lie from Official Bio   1 week 12 hours ago
    Very informative! One slight correction, you refer to a "railroad spoke" when perhaps the term should be "railroad spur." I can't find any such thing as "railroad spoke."

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A couple thousand "nobles sauvages" and nerdy savants from across the republic are letting loose this weekend.

If I lived in South Dakota, I’d probably be in a nursing home. And that would be hell.

The nights would start with beer and end with coffee—a lot of coffee.

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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