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Is the Answer Blowing in the Wind?
RODOLFO ACUÑA
Writing books and writing blogs are similar. They should be truth. If they were not the author loses credibility and his/her ability to convince suffers. This is how it should be.  But Arizona is testing this rule of thumb. The assault on the truth in Arizona mak...
The Victims of Bad Things
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The endless question in America is whom to blame when bad things happen and the question is asked beginning at an early age.  Any present or past proprietor of a small child knows that when any thing bad happens the child’s first response is that someone else is respon...
The Vilification of Teachers and Muslims
ELLIOT SPERBER
Among the issues raised by the Chicago teachers’ strike is the one involving the villainization of labor. Yet, while teachers have been shamelessly conflated in the corporate media with the very gluttons who are in fact fleecing the teachers of their pensions and ot...
What Really Happened in Chicago
GUY MILLER
First, there was Madison, a welcome flash of lightning awakening us from the long, quiet night of labor passivity. The events came fast and hard and thousands flowed into the capital square and were ready for a showdown. But, with a vacuum of street leadership, it ...
The Villainy of Teachers
BRUCE NEUBURGER
  We were having a conversation in the teachers’ room and discussing the Chicago teachers’ strike and remarking on how the politicians and the media tried to bully the Chicago teachers with all this talk about how they were harming the interest of their st...
Flunking Charter Schools
PAUL BUCHHEIT
Now we know our ABCs. And charter schools get an F. The Chicago teacher strike is over, but the assault on our nation’s children has just begun. As with all free market systems, the price is set high enough to ensure a profit for the companies doing business,...
Rahm Machiavelli
ELLIOT SPERBER
A considerable degree of confusion appears to be attending the ostensible conclusion to the Chicago Teachers’ strike. Indeed, with various interests proclaiming victory, it is difficult to arrive at a clear understanding of just what the outcome portends. Before add...
Endependence Day
RODOLFO ACUÑA
Instead of the usual 16th of September celebrated in most Mexican American communities, MEChA students at California State University at Northridge hold an “Endependence Day.” The event has the blaring of the mariachis, the jarabe tapatio, and gritos, but i...
The End of the Chicago Teachers’ Strike
MATT REICHEL
From my perspective as a native of Chicago, alum of its public school system, and activist of various sorts, little could be more gripping than this current Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) strike. Normally, the intriguing tales of social movement action occur in foreign coun...
On Teachers
TOLU OLORUNDA
The teacher must have a genuine interest in mental activity on his own account, a love of knowledge that unconsciously animates his teaching. —John Dewey, How We Think[1] ...
The Chicago Teachers and Their Students’ Test Scores
ANN ROBERTSON and BILL LEUMER
Many crucial issues are at stake in the Chicago Teachers Union strike. But the school district’s insistence that student test scores constitute a major basis of teacher evaluations seems to have become a particularly contentious point, leading to the vilification of tea...
Grading Teachers, Failing Kids
MOSHE ADLER
What would children gain from teachers who have the highest evaluations as measured by the metric that Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to implement for Chicago’s public school (but not charter school) teachers?  This is precisely what three Columbia and Harvard economists...
Why You Should Support the Chicago Teachers’ Strike
CHRISTOPHER FONS
The serious villagers have now spoken: the editorial boards of many of the country’s major newspapers including the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, Mitt Romney, Rahm Emmanuel’s new friend Paul Ryan, Illinois’ “progressive” Senator Dick Durbin, Jesse Jack...
On the Line in Chicago
DAVID STEWART
On Monday, September 10, 2012, the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike. The next day Linda and I drove up to Chicago, parked our car on the North Side, rode the “red line” mass transit downtown and arrived after the speeches were over and just as the big march began...
Occupied Campus in Mexico City
JOHNNY HAZARD
Mexico City. The Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México (UACM) was founded in 2001, ostensibly by Andrés Manuel López Obrador, then mayor of Mexico City, but spurred by the student strike at the much larger Universidad Autónoma Nacional de Méxic...
Showdown in Chicago
ANDREW LEVINE
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the pesky little ankle-nipper charged in the first years of the Obama administration with dissing the left (“f…ing retards”), empowering Blue Dog Democrats and killing the public option in the Affordable Care Act, is Barack Obama writ obn...
What’s Driving the Chicago Teachers Strike
BINOY KAMPMARK
“This was a strike of choice, a bad choice for our children and not necessary,” decried an irritated Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. 350,000 students and 26,000 teachers have stayed out of classes now for two days as contract negotiations take place between Chicago Public...
Criminalizing Truancy
ANNETTE FUENTES
The judge peered down at Ashley Derrick from the bench and scolded her for being late to a 9 a.m. hearing in his Garland, Texas, courtroom. Derrick, 26, explained that she’d hit traffic coming from one of her two jobs as a phlebotomist. Her alleged crime...
Why is Georgia Secretly Giving Student Test Scores to Military Recruiters?
AZADEH SHAHSHAHANI
In 2006, Marlyn, a mother who lives in Gwinnett County with her children, was surprised to hear that her son Kyle, a senior at Brookwood High School, had taken the ASVAB test.   ASVAB or the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test is the military’s entrance...
Chicago: the Strike is On
RICH GIBSON
The Chicago school workers’ strike is on. It is a real class war that must be won. Enrolling about 400,000 students, with about 22,000 school workers, Chicago is the third largest district in the country, segregated as it may be. Chicago schools are the centripet...
Back to School in the Twilight of Capitalism
RON JACOBS
Universities serve multiple purposes in a modern capitalist society.  One of those purposes–the education of young adults–is a noble and worthy one.  It is how this is done that is often less noble.  If capitalism requires technicians and managers, it is te...
All Eyes on Chicago Teachers
SHAMUS COOKE
It’s impossible to exaggerate the national importance of the teachers’ struggle in Chicago. If the Chicago teachers’ union — 26,000 members strong — goes on strike, many critical yet ignored political issues will go into the national spotlight, exposing nas...
Learning to Hate Longhorn Football
ROBERT JENSEN
I have never much liked football. But after 20 years as a professor at the University of Texas, I have learned to hate football, and really hate Longhorn football. I’ve also learned that some players hate the football machine as much as I do. As a child, I...
Is There No Limit to the Insults Being Heaped Upon America’s Teachers?
DAVID MACARAY
When Joe Torre left as manager of the New York Yankees following the 2007 season, it was not without rancor.  According to reports, Torre felt that, after years of faithful and productive service, he had been grossly disrespected by Yankee management.  Torre turned down...
Get the Teachers
DAVE LINDORFF
Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of Washington, DC’s public schools, who left under a cloud after the mayor who appointed her, Adrian Fenty, was defeated in a re-election bid in which Rhee’s contentious tenure was the main issue, is at it again. Rhee, a sha...