Education at the Crossroads

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Recently the New York City Board of Education held a news conference to announce some good news: 25% of its students were found to be proficient in Reading and Math. This was up from 23% proficiency hence the news conference. What should have happened on the heels of this news conference was an announcement that the entire workforce of that BOE from the janitors to the Chancellor had resigned or been fired. That’s what should have happened but it didn’t happen. This is an ongoing outrage that is sacrificing generation after generation of poor children to the prisons, unemployment and dead end jobs. The British have coined a new term,, “the Precariat” to describe a class of low wage, no benefits workers that these school systems are training. This is one reason someone like Scott Walker gets traction in a progressive state like Wisconsin. The health and future of this country depends on a complete overhaul of the public education system in this country and fast.

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Gullah Jack
Feb. 16, 2014 8:20 pm


Public education is for providing union employment, not educating children.

gumball's picture
Dec. 12, 2013 10:02 am

Community based enterprise, community based policing, community based education and absolutely central to all of that is community based currency or a community owned public bank could solve all of those problems and more. Monolothic, centralist corrupt municipal, state and federal institutions are dinosaurs in need of replacement.

Globalist Banksters just love centralized control - all facilitated by their own privately owned globalist debt currency like the $US.

Jun. 17, 2015 11:41 am

30% of all teachers have a second, part-time job to make ends meet. One social studies teacher who also was a coach went straight to a flooring store for his second job, where he got flooring materials for customers. Teachers more and more frequently buy classroom supplies out of their own income. My doctor went to public school. Who has more education, a doctor, or some right-wing stranger on some Web site?

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Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Does Trump "Tweet" When His Staff Says No?

Thom plus logo Lev Parnas tells the story of how Donald Trump fired ambassador Marie Yovanovitch at least "four or five times," and that they were afraid that he would "fire her with a tweet." This is not the first time we have heard from White House insiders that the president often gives irrational or stupid orders that his staff then ignores.
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