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200,000 Kenyan Teachers Strike Over School Cuts Diverted to the Military

Filed under: Africa | Education — by Will Kirkland 09/7/2011 @ 8:39:29 AM
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More than 200,000 Kenyan teachers went on strike Tuesday to protest the diversion of government funds meant to hire more teachers and ease classroom overcrowding, a union official said.

The money … [Keep reading >>]

California Dream Act

Filed under: California | Education — by Will Kirkland 09/1/2011 @ 2:09:53 PM
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The California Legislature is poised to pass a law that would allow illegal immigrants to receive state-financed aid for college. Known as the California Dream Act, the bill underscores the … [Keep reading >>]

Teachers and Parents Rally in DC: Stop the Testing Craze

Filed under: Education — by Will Kirkland 07/31/2011 @ 10:04:28 AM
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“”We had reason to believe from his campaign promises that Obama was going to reverse the damage that this law has caused,” said Jonathan Kozol, a public education activist and … [Keep reading >>]

Make My Schools Prisons, Respectfully Yours

Filed under: Education — by Will Kirkland 05/25/2011 @ 7:20:14 PM
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Dear Governor Snyder,

In these tough economic times, schools are hurting. And yes, everyone in Michigan is hurting right now financially, but why aren’t we protecting schools? Schools are the one … [Keep reading >>]

State of Emergency: Teachers Organize

Filed under: Action! | Education — by Will Kirkland 05/9/2011 @ 1:45:49 PM
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Teachers in California today are launching a weeklong effort across the state to pressure lawmakers to pass tax extensions and increases in order to prevent any further cuts to schools.

Events … [Keep reading >>]

Who Will Replace the Principals?

Filed under: Education — by Will Kirkland 02/8/2011 @ 10:20:42 AM
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As with the story posted below about earmarks and the belated discovery that their abolition had not been thought through by those against them, this story about the dearth of … [Keep reading >>]

The University: Being Drawn and Quartered

Filed under: Education — by Will Kirkland 01/20/2011 @ 5:09:19 PM
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“University of California will shut out tens of thousands of qualified students over the next decade as deep budget cuts force the nation’s premier public university to become more exclusive, UC … [Keep reading >>]

Affirmative Action’s Dirty Secret

Filed under: Education — by Will Kirkland 01/14/2011 @ 10:19:09 AM
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The usual suspects have been howling over affirmative action in college admissions  for years now, hiding their distaste for furriners beneath arguments about meritocracy and unqualified promotions. In opposition, many … [Keep reading >>]

The Value of a Liberal Education

Filed under: Education — by Will Kirkland 11/19/2010 @ 10:47:48 PM
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Liberal, that oft spat word, was once a near synonym of generous.  Throughout Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,[1776] he refers to “liberal donatives” to soldiers, liberal applause … [Keep reading >>]

More Criticism of “Superman”

Filed under: Education — by Will Kirkland 10/2/2010 @ 2:07:51 PM
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We posted yesterday a series of comments and links regarding the ineptly done new movie about a subject that badly needs some eptness: Waiting for Superman.  The criticism Brent Staples … [Keep reading >>]

War and the Teachers

Filed under: Education | War — by Will Kirkland 10/2/2010 @ 10:37:41 AM
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Our government’s perverse definition of “national security” was on display again this summer. By large majorities, the U.S. Congress approved a so-called emergency appropriation … [Keep reading >>]

Superman for Schools? Not so Fast.

Filed under: Education | Movies — by Will Kirkland 10/1/2010 @ 2:01:22 PM

“When it comes to debunbking Waiting For Superman, OpenLeft’s education expert, jeffbinnc, has recommended:
Rethinking Schools has set up a counter site to push back against the dangerous propaganda of “Waiting … [Keep reading >>]

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