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Writing Instruction Grounding Social Control

Those of us who have been teachers and/or wannabe authors before everyone was an author (see the note yesterday re: artists)–I know I’m treading on my commoner sensibility here, always a tension in me–remember there is a book by William Zinsser called On Writing Well.  I’ll confess that I own it and yet have never read […]

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Schools (Don’t?) Matter, (Nor) Does Creativity?

Schools (Don’t?) Matter, (Nor) Does Creativity?

Okay, I’ll confess to being less than tactful most of the time.  But I gotta tell you, I’m pretty tired of one particular complaint that I hear (rather, read) again and again on education sites and FB pages dedicated to combat testing regimes in public education: “Your stealing my child’s creativity!” Be sure, I too […]

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To Dissect a Polemic: First, Examine the Polemicist

To Dissect a Polemic: First, Examine the Polemicist

Dissecting The Atlantic’s Reform Manifesto: Part IV Go to Part I; Part II; Part III “Why Kids Should Grade Their Teachers,” by Amanda Ripley I had an instructive moment in my education well after I left the educational institutions at which I’d been vacationing (“all work and no play,” right?): I was working at a bookstore, naturally, as I […]

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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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Homeschooling, Freely Unequal

Dismantling The Atlantic Monthly Reform Manifesto 2nd Installment I. I introduced the The Atlantic’s Reform pamphlet (“22 pages…”) by focusing on the presentation of content.  But, I regret to say I left out what might have been the most important part: the “cover” of the section.  It’s a TEST BOOKLET!  Surprised?   II. Now, this is clearly ideological content […]

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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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Educating Business Ethics

The population of the US seems to be experiencing a kind of national awakening regarding the harsh and endemic inequalities of our “Us vs Them” economic reality.  Though it seems possible that our bail-out and bubble-induced slogans of solidarity will fade into our historical moment to be studied by the future (should there be one […]

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To First Do No Harm, Do Nothing First

I am become more convinced that the best and possibly only truly good philosophy of right action is this one: Do No Harm.  As the title of the post proposes, we can likely only approach this philosophy by doing nothing.  Many actions are positively destructive, and so harmful.  I would like my actions to positively […]

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A Society Which Ought Not To Exist

“Society ought not to exist, if not for the benefit of the whole. It is and must be against the law of nature, if it exist for the benefit of the few and for the misery of the many. I say, then, distinctly, that a society, in which the common labourer, with common health and […]

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Scrape ‘em off, Save yourself: Climate Catastrophe and Education

I saw this comment today on the FB regarding an Education article: “I think public education must be like climate change. It is much easier to oppose than to support.” Hmmm…one is huge and absolutely beyond comprehension and makes no sense to so many people; how can our puny ways alter a geologic process that […]

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Glorifying War Shall Not Grow Old

Concerning War Movies (prompted by a conversation about Peter Jackson’s movie They Shall Not Grow Old). In J. D. Salinger’s […]

Cutting Down the Clouds

This winter they are cutting down our woods more seriously than ever,—Fair Haven Hill, Walden, Linnaea Borealis Wood, etc. etc. […]

Representative Texts from Hawthorne to Dickinson

In your daily busyness you are pressed for time to think and often choose instead anesthetization – watching any number […]

Between Hope and Defeat, History and Heaven

“God himself culminates in the present moment.” (Thoreau) What is “now” for? What if you “know” the future? Fairy tales […]

Absolute Solutions Necessary

Only two things to do: 1. zero out carbon emissions 2. exception: all technological and scientific labor exploring new solutions […]

Rachel Carson’s book had no real effect

Facing Global Climate Disruption and the End of Everything All At Once… David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth tries very hard […]