Monthly Archives: August 2020

Politico: The Trump National Convention

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Politico writes this morning that there is no “Republican” national convention, no focus on the party. All eyes on Trump. He will break tradition by speaking all four nights. Traditionally, the party’s presidential…

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School Officials Should Pass Safer Reopening Plans, Not Beg For Protection From Liability

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? Don’t tell me what to do. ? But don’t hold me accountable for what I do, either. ? That seems to be the position of school officials on reopening classes during the Coronavirus pandemic. ?…

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Why I am Voting

Originally posted on The Mind of Hammy:
I’m not voting for me. To be honest, my day to day life didn’t change one iota on January 20, 2017, and probably won’t change one iota on January 20, 2021. But many…

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School Year 2020-21: We Are Asking the Wrong Questions

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
It is perfectly understandable that many in our country want public school buildings to be open for in person instruction this year. Among the many hardships of COVID-19 lock downs school closures were…

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Democrats Recognize Essential Role of Public Schools, Whose Needs Trump and DeVos Don’t Bother to Notice

Originally posted on janresseger:
In a refreshing development this week, as Democrats held their convention to nominate Joe Biden as the Democratic candidate for President and Kamala Harris for Vice President, public education was made visible again as an institution…

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What Schools Did During the Spanish Flu Pandemic a Century Ago

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
CNN published a very good article about what happened to the schools and their students during the so-called “Spanish Flu” pandemic of 1917-18. Many schools closed. Three large urban districts stayed open because…

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Trump Brags About Racist Housing and Education Policies and Urges Americans to “Enjoy!”

Originally posted on janresseger:
In desperation, as polls predict he is likely to lose in the November election, President Donald Trump has not only threatened to defund the post office for the purpose of ensuring that a lot of votes…

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Katherine Stewart: Betsy DeVos’s Plot to Transfer Public Funds to Private Schools During the Pandemic

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Katherine Stewart, a scholar of rightwing evangelicals, writes in The New Republic about Betsy DeVos’s brazen transfer of public funds to private schools during the pandemic. Stewart is the author of The Power…

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Why Your Christian Friends and Family Members Are So Easily Fooled by Conspiracy Theories

Originally posted on Instrument of Mercy:
In sixth grade, I participated in a debate in which I attempted to convince my fellow classmates that we never landed on the moon. It was the first time I used the Internet to…

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School Choice and White Supremacy like Two Peas in a Pod

Originally posted on tultican:
By Thomas Ultican 8/9/2020 In Overturning Brown, Steve Suitts provides overwhelming evidence for the segregationist legacy of “school choice.” He shows that “Brown v Board” has been effectively gutted and “choice” proved to be the white…

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