If the three most powerfully correlative demographic factors for educational success are parental income, race, and parental education, then our system of educational districting is a powerful tool for separating those demographically predisposed for success from those predisposed for failure. I am firmly in support of efforts to integrate these separate groups, for a variety of reasons. But those who suggest that doing so would result in the worst-performing students suddenly and significantly improving are almost certainly mistaking cause for effect. — actual competitive behavior in charter schools | Fredrik deBoer
In Vermont, people understand exactly what I mean by the word [socialism]. They don’t believe that democratic socialism is akin to North Korea communism. They understand that when I talk about democratic socialism, what I’m saying is that I do not want to see the United States significantly dominated by a handful of billionaire families controlling the economic and political life of the country. That I do believe that in a democratic, civilized society, all people are entitled to health care as a right, all people are entitled to quality education as a right, all people are entitled to decent jobs and a decent income, and that we need a government which represents ordinary Americans and not just the wealthy and the powerful.
The people in Vermont know exactly when I mean, which is why I won my last election with 71 percent of the vote and carried some of the most conservative towns in the state. If I ran for president, and articulated a vision that speaks to working people, I am confident that voters in every part of this country would understand that.
The truth is that, very sadly, the corporate media ignores some of the huge accomplishments that have taken place in countries like Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway. These countries, which have a long history of democratic socialist or labor governments, have excellent and universal health care systems, excellent educational systems and they have gone a long way toward eliminating poverty and creating a far more egalitarian society than we have. I think that there are economic and social models out there that we can learn a heck of a lot from, and that’s something I would be talking about. — Bernie Sanders: ‘I Am Prepared to Run for President of the United States’ | The Nation
House Speaker John A. Boehner replied, “Blah, blah, blah, blah.” That’s not some rude characterization of Boehner’s response; that was literally what Boehner said in response to a reporter’s question. — Why is tax reform ‘dead on arrival’? | MSNBC
Social Security - http://economixcomix.com/home/social-security/
Heart of the Artist.
Drawn on my ipad. I use this pen with the Adobe Ideas app.
We need to explicitly shift toward working less — to reorient the consumption-leisure tradeoff towards the latter on a social level — and share the work that remains more evenly. The sociologist Juliet Schor says we could work four-hour days without any decline in the standard of living; similarly, the New Economics Foundation proposes we could get by on a twenty-one-hour workweek. —
This article takes a hell of a long time to get to the point… But it’s a good point
By guaranteeing people money without requiring them to do anything in exchange, we decouple their value in society from their ability to do a job. — Should the government pay you to be alive? - Ideas - The Boston Globe
For pragmatists on the left, cash payments to all would be the fastest way to eradicate poverty, by making sure everyone, no matter their circumstances, has enough money to live on. For the utopian-minded, it holds the promise of a liberation from work—a way to make sure that the next John Lennon doesn’t have to waste all his time lifting boxes in a warehouse. For conservatives, it is a tool for rebuilding the bonds of civil society, putting people’s fortunes back in their own hands, and wiping out the messy, piecemeal, nanny-state safety net in one swoop. — Should the government pay you to be alive? - Ideas - The Boston Globe
Seeger and his comrades had managed to filter the stench of poverty and pig shit out of the proletarian music and make it wholesome and fun for Eisenhower-era squares. — Longform Reprints: In the Jungle by Rian Malan
why did Congress not even discuss single-payer during the health care debate of 2009?… President Obama and his aides worked to preemptively snuff out any discussion of such a system. — The inside story of how Obamacare became an insurance-industry bailout | PandoDaily
‘The big reason poor people are poor is because they don’t have enough money. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that giving them money is a great way to reduce that problem.’ — economist Charles Kenny, a fellow at the Center for Global Development, via Why we should give free money to everyone
Yet it’s precisely the production of new knowledge in the humanities that powerfully influences the everyday lives of Americans, and which leads to pearl-clutching by those who insist on the humanities’ irrelevance. David Brooks, for example, is very sad that the humanities have failed to be stagnant. He claims that humanities enrollments have substantially declined (factually untrue) since the rise of critical theory and its concurrent attention to race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability in the 1980s. But the humanities didn’t just turn to these categories for kicks (still less because it was “fashionable,” as culture-wars critics like Alan Sokal have claimed); turning to them was the result of research. Through research, scholars found out that these categories were complicated, powerful, and important for understanding culture. Brooks seems to suppose that doing research that has a broad impact makes your field irrelevant. This is deranged. — Works Cited: Humanities scholarship is incredibly relevant, and that makes people sad.
Americans have an allergy to straightforward policy solutions involving the public sector. — Here’s Exactly How Much the Government Would Have to Spend to Make Public College Tuition-Free - Jordan Weissmann - The Atlantic
A Lonely Quest for Facts on Genetically Modified Crops - NYTimes.com
[T]he accrediting agency took the unfair and unusual step of moving to sanction CCSF and revoke its accreditation because the college’s trustees, faculty and students opposed the ACCJC’s efforts to reshape the mission of California’s community colleges. The ACCJC has been a leading proponent of policies that would focus on degree completion to the exclusion of remedial courses, such as those that teach English as a second language to immigrants.
The lawsuit says that the ACCJC strongly supported state legislation to limit certain low-income students’ eligibility for fee waivers to those identified with a specific degree or certificate. The provision was later removed from the legislation at the urging of advocates for open education, including many members of the CCSF community. At the same time this dispute was raging, the ACCJC was in the process of evaluating CCSF.
Stewart says that it was “highly questionable” for the accrediting agency to become so heavily involved in the legislative fight at the same time when it was supposedly acting as a neutral judge of the college’s academic standards.
“The process is really tainted here,” she says. “It appears to us this was about retaliation for political views.” —
“Unfathomable”: Why Is One Commission Trying to Close California’s Largest Public College? | CAPITAL & MAIN
Aha! *That’s* why. (I keep hearing “politically motivated” but had yet to hear what the actual political issue was.)