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Huck Finn On Interpretation: Jim Answers Coleman

Coleman’s Nihilistic Pedagogy Morse Peckham’s non-final Answer The Instability of “Meaning” GOP Rep. Dr. Paul Broun (GA) offers an example asserting a “Young Earth” Answer Jim’s goodness as answer to all of this (Huckleberry Finn) *** When I got to it Jim was setting there with his head down between his knees, asleep, with his […]

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Nell Scharff and New Visions

Who’s Afraid of Nell Scharff?  (cross-posted at Schools Matter) Now, if you’ve read The Atlantic‘s piece on the “writing revolution” (I’ll review this in another post) you may have picked up on the name Nell Scharff, but you may also have just paid her no attention.  She is introduced in the piece and identified in this […]

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Empty of Fact: Rachel Brown’s Bellwether Propaganda

I asked Doug Martin, my colleague at The Common Errant and a dogged investigator of politico-corporate-educational malfeasance, to help us interpret the misleading graphic presentation offered by Rachel Brown for The Atlantic‘s Reform Pamphlet.  Ms Brown seems to responsible for page 87; I don’t think it’s appropriate to say she wrote it as it is primarily a […]

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Twenty-Two Pages of Corporate Education Advertising, Or, The Atlantic Monthly’s “Special Report”

Twenty-Two Pages of Corporate Education Advertising, Or, The Atlantic Monthly’s “Special Report”

[Cross-posted at Schools Matter.] This begins a series of readings concerned with the articles and images found in the October Atlantic Monthly which promote the “Reform Agenda” of both conservatives and liberals (as power has no pure politics). I will primarily be concerned with the conveyance of ideology. However, I have asked my Errant collaborator Doug Martin […]

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Pot and Kettle Mind

Yesterday Steve at School Matters offered a post on Indy Mayor Greg Ballard’s decision to revoke TPS’s Charter (see Doug Martin’s thorough account here). I anticipated trouble by the title alone: Choice vs. standards at the Indianapolis Project School. Is that what this is about? It got worse.  Stayed that way and ended that way.  Steve maintained […]

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Losing Our Soul–Silencing Heart, Mind and Voice

If you haven’t read Doug Martin’s piece on the  planned destruction of what remains of the ethos that is Community as well as the very heart of true Charity (take some time to think about the real meaning of this word), please set to it with all speed and attention.  It is a detailed report […]

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The Truth Behind The Project School Closing: The Indiana Corporate School Complex

(Below is Doug Martin’s in-depth look into the corporate forces in Indianapolis working to keep true community-led charter schools from operating.  Please sign the petition to “Save The Project School.”) On July 17, Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard announced he was closing The Project School, one of the few community-led charter schools in Indiana and the […]

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Derivative Dystopias, Or Versions of America

From “Fired for Wearing the Wrong Color Shirt: The Scary Truth About Our Lack of Workplace Protections,” On March 16, at least 14 employees of the Elizabeth R. Wellborn law firm, located in Deerfield Beach, Florida, wore orange shirts to work. For this style choice, they were marched into a conference room and summarily fired. […]

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Corporate Foxes in the IN DOE Henhouse: The Chain School Gospel of Jeb Bush, Jon Hage and WalMart

When the Indiana Charter School Board recently approved two new Charter Schools USA schools to open in Indianapolis, the corporate school honeymoon was on. The East Indianapolis Charter Academy and the South Indianapolis Charter Academy, Charter Schools USA claimed, would be “feeder schools” for students to eventually enter the three other Indiana public schools the […]

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Desertification, or Living Nowhere

Here are things I cannot change that make me angry and perhaps you might share a similar list: War; anything that is war dressed up under other terms; fraud; exclusionary self-interest; that same interest commended and encouraged as something natural; profit calculated via actuarial risks.  And so on.  In other words, American culture, American economy, […]

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Building the Insanity In: Ex Machina

This is not a movie review. This is me thinking about empathy. Last night, lonely little ol’ me sat in […]

Dislodged Giant: Can We Use Stevens to Interpret Dickinson?

You tell me. “I thought that nature was enough” by Emily Dickinson I thought that nature was enough Till Human […]

By Metaphor Alone

Motivation matters. If the scientific method (which we make into the massive all-encompassing abstraction of SCIENCE to compete with the […]

By Force of Law

Nothing new under the sun. Why do you suppose a “Sanders” presidency would change what is described below in Chapter […]

Now You Know What A Horse Is: Views On Education in the 19th Century

Schools are scenes of extreme manipulation and coercion. Our national and state interest in them is less than benign, or […]

A Rule of Storytelling and Unhappiness

As my friend began reading William Morris’s News From Nowhere, or, An Epic of Rest, I thought I might take […]