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Extreme Thinking Errors: Tough-Love Christian Boarding Schools and the Indiana Department of Child Services

The following is a revised version of an article which appeared at the Common Errant in July 2012.  I have re-written it for my upcoming book, Hoosier School Heist, which will be released in December.  Minor details have been altered in this new version, given the fact that some of the information included in the […]

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Iniquitous Airy Abstraction, or The Lawyer’s Truth

Having neither the wherewithal nor the erudition (nor the patience, nor expectation of readership) to craft a cogent article on the fact that Western civilization as represented by governments and ideologies serving “manifest destiny” as created in minds “blessed” with thousands upon thousands of square miles of “empty” geography has from its inception been keenly […]

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The Fiscal Freedom to Inculcate Evil

The following snippet is from a piece by Andrew Leonard on the SCOTUS ruling striking down the Montana Supreme Court decision to limit political contributions (in the teeth of Citizens United).  It’s a clear loss for people and the planet as corporations have ONE interest, creating wealth for their owners (and no, that’s not “shareholders”) […]

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Tenure’s Just Another Word for Liberty, So Dump It!

Paul Thomas today at Schools Matter: K-12 Teaching: A Service Industry  At The New Republic, “Making the Grade” poses this about the difference between college professors (notice that term “professor,” as in “one who professes”) and K-12 teachers: “The vast majority of states have long granted public school teachers tenure. The way it works is […]

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Off the Wall: Educating Tomorrow’s Paradigm Today

Today, while checking the jobs board at my local school district I noticed a new position (new to me).  Here it is: Digital Learning Coach: Coach serves as part of multiple educational teams, providing job-imbedded and ongoing professional development for teachers, staff, and administration.  Position plays a very strong role in the analysis and utilization […]

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I-Read 3 in Indiana: Intentional Social Segregation?

What can one objectively say when faced with the information that fully one quarter of the 3rd grade students who attend an IPS school failed the state-mandated I-Read 3 exam? WTHR reported exactly that yesterday. Records obtained by Eyewitness News (pdf) show one in four Marion County third graders – nearly 2,500 children – failed […]

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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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Upon Examination: The Many and Few Against Liberty

Widespread ignorance bordering on idiocy is our new national goal. It’s no use pretending otherwise and telling us, as Thomas Friedman did in the Times a few days ago, that educated people are the nation’s most valuable resources. Sure, they are, but do we still want them? It doesn’t look to me as if we […]

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Send Lee Hamilton To Jail!

Or, Let the People’s Representative of the Cage Represent Them From the Cage. Here is a fact: Lee Hamilton of Bloomington, Indiana, former member of Congress for 34 years, former head of the Woodrow Wilson Center, former chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, currently Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University, has […]

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De Sade In the Hizzle and Fizzle

Huxley, author of A Brave New World, to Orwell, author of 1984.  The twin totalitarian fictions of the last century.  Which is being realized? Well, my take: We have been living in Huxley’s world since at least the Creel Commission flooded academia with propaganda education and released psy-ops soldiers onto Madison Avenue; but we are […]

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Explanation and Example: Capitalist Nationalism

**Reformist consciousness was famously described by Gramsci as “dual” or “contradictory”; on the one hand accepting the permanence of the […]

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 […]