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March 1, 2013

Death of Organized Labor: Death of Middle Class

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There has been quite a bit of talk recently, about the death of organized labor. With labor on its so-called “death bed”, perhaps now would be a good time to reflect on some of the things organized labor did for Americans in the 20th century. A typical anti-union argument that people will often invoke is “unions were once useful, but they are no longer necessary.” With this argument, critics of unions are admitting that unions helped build the middle class by establishing the 40 hour work-week, the weekend, paid time off, increased wages and benefits, and increased safety in the…

Never Challenge Worse

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Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it. – Thomas Paine “…and I’m never goin’ back to my old school.” – Steely Dan Comedian Bill Cosby used to say, “Never challenge worse.” Words of wisdom that I really try to keep close as I walk through life and all of its wonderful nonsense. Bill would continue, “never say it can’t get worse because worse is rough,” and he was right. Anytime you challenge worse, it will turn around and punch you in the mouth. Worse isn’t just rough, worse can be downright mean, y’know? Last spring,…

So Hopelessly Dumb

So Hopelessly Dumb Feature

The traditional learning process implemented in many schools is largely a lie. Partially out of necessity, and partially out of fear of change, the American education system continues to adhere to the egg-crate mentality of teaching. Students continue to be grouped arbitrarily by age rather than ability, even though learner readiness can be easily assessed. Plus, subjects are still mostly taught in isolation, rather than in tandem. Worst of all, knowledge continues to be taught as a series of discreet skill sets with clear beginnings and ends. In essence, schools today are run as if learning is nothing more than…