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March 1, 2013

Spaniards Protest Crashing Austerity and Corruption

Thousands of protestors marched the streets of Spain today to protest extreme austerity measures, privatization of their public services and political corruption. Spain’s conservative government passed the austerity measures in order to control euro zone’s highest budget deficit stricken economy, that was racked by a burst housing bubble in 2008. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has introduced some of the deepest budget cuts in Spain’s democratic history, but the cuts have only scratched the surface of the budget shortfall which is expected to be more than double in 2014. Recently surfaced allegations, that the ruling Popular Party (PP) politicians, including Prime…

Tax Payers Fund For-Profit Charter Schools as They Fail Miserably

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Paolo Friere, in “Pedagogy of the Oppressed“, shows us the view of education as liberating and empowering, as a dialogue between teacher and students, and creating community through collaboration and empathy.  K12 Inc., a for-profit, public online school, shows us the view of education where public school districts are ‘liberated’ from their tax dollars for the phenomenal return of under performing students and underpaid, non-certified teachers. The private venture capital model of return on investment and maximizing profits holds empowering students toward greater insights and performance as the least important component of their model. And until recently they have been able to convince…

So You Think Your Relatives Are Annoying?

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If you’re like me, you probably have some relatives with whom you’ve found it impossible to have any kind of civil political discussion. For me, the worst one is my brother, Tim. I’ve known since the Carter Administration that Tim was a conservative, but it wasn’t until 2008 that he suddenly became an extreme right winger.  He started by sending me long rambling emails with angry screeds about Barack Obama and the “Democrat” Party. At first it was the typical Kenyan/Muslim/Communist routine but then it expanded to whatever outrage-of-the-day was being spewed by his favorite right wing blog. I tried…