People love to lament how fractured and divided the United States is today. “We’ve never been more divide” is about as historically inaccurate a thing as a person could ever say. A large percentage of this nation used to be held in perpetual bondage by “citizens.” We fought a civil war. We assassinated, bombed, and […]Read more "Inventing Enemies"
Steve King is dumb and racist. This is hardly news. King can barely go a week without saying or doing something to demonstrate it. He is a vile man. Somewhat surprisingly, he finally said something so beyond the pale that his colleagues in the congressional GOP are threatening to punish him. His crime? He conflated […]Read more "Steve King, Western Civilization, and Conservative Historical Illiteracy"
Liberals have done a terrible job of pointing out how little conservative educational policy reformers understand about public education. Honestly, I think it is because few liberal journalists or politicians know anything about educational policy. They fall for the cheap tricks and rhetorical devices the conservatives trot out in fear that the right-wing wonks know […]Read more "Only the Rich Deserve a College Education"
It is a new year, but some things never change. The sun will rise in the east and set in the west. We’ll all die one day. And Dennis Prager will create completely false narratives to promote Donald Trump and his own grifter business ventures, like Prager U. Dennis Prager is very sad about the […]Read more "Gloomy Predictions From a Crackpot"
Oren Cass wrote one of the worst op-ed’s the New York Times has ever published. That is no small feat. His premise is that we spend too much money (and time) preparing college-bound students and do too little for vocational education in our public schools. I argue that his thesis illustrates how deeply conservatives misunderstand […]Read more "The Conservative Elite Crusade To Make Sure Working Class Kids Pursue Working Class Jobs"
Something notable happened this week that did not involve another Donald Trump scandal or twitter absurdity (those happened too). The first-ever charter school teachers strike took place in Chicago. The teachers at Acero (who is Chicago’s largest charter school system and runs 16 schools) are demanding higher pay, increased diversity among teaching staff int heir […]Read more "Laboratory Schools"
I like Crooked Media. A lot. I listen to a lot of their pods several times a week– especially Pod Save America, Pod Save the World, and With Friends Like These. I’m obviously sympathetic to many of their goals, in particular, progressive social policies on LGBTQ and racial equality. Those are the foundation of my […]Read more "A Coalition of the Willing"