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Education reform by the real experts – Seattle teachers purge tests

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

“There is something grotesque about the fact that education reform is being led not by educators but by financiers and speculators and billionaires.” Chris Hedges.

Teachers at two Seattle high schools have rebelled against one standardized test. This is perhaps a national first and could launch a movement. In a letter describing the rationale for their decision, Garfield High teachers, the first group to take action after a nearly unanimous vote of teachers (3 dissenting), declared:

“We are not troublemakers nor do we want to impede the high functioning of our school. We are professionals who care deeply about our students and cannot continue to participate in a practice that harms our school and our students.”

New York University Professor of Education Diane Ravitch told Seattle public radio KUOW that the boycott may be the first in the U.S.

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Bin Laden Dead, Can I keep my shoes on?

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

For several reasons, none fact-based or oriented around the world’s wisdom about terrorism or terrorists, the U.S. government has engaged in security theatrics at airports. We take off our shoes and are strip-searched electronically and if we dare talk back to the agents, we’re literally strip searched. Since the “war on terrorism” has been the rationalization for the real wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and for the scan-is-security mantra, and for Bin Laden being the symbol for all anti-U.S. terrorism (though Chris Hedges, a reporter who knows Al-Quaida well, confirms that Bin Laden was not the operational leader), the “war,” according to rational thought, should be over.

You want austerity? You want to save money? Then, de-fund immediately the equipment and contracts that provide politicians with the cover that they appear to be providing “security.” And let us keep our shoes on. Just as bullying is about much more than the individual bullies, killing Bin Laden means little except that videos of the celebration of his murder will certainly enrage much of the Muslim world (again). We could use fewer symbols and slogans. We deserve facts and real long-term solutions. Waging war and “war” accomplish little. Here’s wishing that our approach to “security” be rendered as transparent as our clothes through which the machines see images of our naked bodies.

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