Criticism & praise for the American public education system & ways we can improve it and fight back against the corporate agenda of privatizing it.

As Puerto Rico Goes, So Goes Imperialist America!

  A few thoughts on America’s glaring hypocrisy as revealed in the political campaigning going on at present. I assume you still remember the phrase that we were inundated with at the beginning of the world-wide economic collapse of…
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The Forces Against Us

Most of us have no idea of how sinister & powerful the forces arrayed against us are. And what really saddens me is that nearly everyone I know & have met in my life don’t give a shit about our slavery, humiliation, & oppression.…
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Social Networking & the Corporate Agenda

I periodically check out the website for the PBS series “Frontline” for political exposes because they have produced some fantastic stories over the years. The story I just watched is titled “Generation Like” which caught my eye because…

The Grand Facade

    I am going to forewarn you that this is going to be a very cynical, pessimistic, & negative essay. As the saying goes, you can put lipstick on a pig but it won’t make it pretty. And the pigs at the heart of this…

Memorial Day Remembered

Being that this is Memorial Day weekend, I felt it important to attempt to connect the dots or express my feelings about this time-honored holiday in a much broader context. I got the idea for this essay from reading an excellent book by Gore…

Poverty is the Worst form of Violence!

    This is a quote from Mahatma Gandhi that I came across a few weeks back and thought it’d be a good essay title. I am going to relate experiences from my past with my perspectives on the connections between poverty and…
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A Tribute to Noam Chomsky

I hardly know where to begin or how to begin but want to say that I’m writing this tribute while Noam is still alive because I intend to send it to him and want to express my admiration & respect for his life-long pursuit of truth.…
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An Ideal Education

The School of Athens  (Dora Polk, one of the greatest teachers I've ever known!) For a start, I believe that the best place to begin talking about an ideal education is with  the subject of philosophy because philosophy is the love of…

We are All on the Res Now!

  The Occupy Wall St. movement here in America & the world-wide social revolution is a physical manifestation of the realization that we, the 99% of the world's population not born with silver spoons in our mouths, are…

The Politics of Patriotism

        “Judge Learned Hand of the U.S. Supreme Court once said that he would like to see these words ‘I beseech ye in the bowels of Christ, think that ye may be mistaken,’ inscribed ‘over the portals of every church, every…
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Welcome to the Machine!

[Mark Twain feared to publish this until after his death because he knew how deadly those "Christians" are]  Well we’re two weeks into Donald of the Duck Dynasty Klan’s reign of terror and it seems he’s serious in his agenda…
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Why I Write

When I woke-up this morning, I just laid in bed as I usually do, reflecting on yesterday, today, & things on my mind generally and the idea for this essay came to me. My dear, departed wife, Jeri, had urged me several times over the last…
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With God on Our Side

I borrowed this title from the famous song by Bob Dylan in the 1960s because I feel it’s very appropriate in the context of this subject matter. Today marks the ten year anniversary of the tragic consequences of Hurricane Katrina &…
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What is A True Education?

What is A True Education?     I’m available to provide academic assistance in the following areas: reading comprehension, literature, history, social studies, critical & analytical thinking, political science, philosophy, study skills,…
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From Bone-head English to Noam Chomsky

From Bone-head English to Noam Chomsky      I was listening to music last night and drinking a beer when an ironic thought occurred to me. Back when I was 19 years old & first took the English placement test at a community college…
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A 21st Century Magna Carta!

     A Facebook friend of mine sent me a video yesterday of Keith Olbermann reading a statement issued by the Occupy Wall St. general assembly on October 5th. The video brought tears to my eyes & inspired me to write this essay/blog.…
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Controlling Public Opinion

watch?v=XO_vRNtgeIA      I'm trying a different approach to communicating my ideas by including several pertinent videos by authors who intrigued me on the subject of how the American public's opinion is mostly shaped by a handful…
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How We Can Empower Ourselves!

     I got the idea for this essay as I was reading some of the comments I have been receiving on my blog site. First of all I want to be clear that I, in no way, claim to have all the answers or a corner on "the truth." No, my friends,…
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Why People Believe Fear and Hate Mongers

Why People Believe Fear and Hate Mongers The January 8, 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona that targeted Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and resulted in the death of six people and the wounding of 13 others caused me to write to Professor…
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Why Americans Feel So Helpless and Hopeless

Why Americans Feel So Helpless and Hopeless Yes, a pessimistic title but nonetheless, its truth. Many authors far more eloquent than I have said and are saying the same thing but use different words. I am going to speak my mind but who can…
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The Wall St. Conspiracy

The Wall St. Conspiracy Why is it that no one is calling the world-wide, economic meltdown what it was, a conspiracy? I am sadly aware of the Left’s fear of being labeled “conspiracy nuts” or “too soft on terrorism” (which replaced…
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Why I am More than "Qualified"

Why I am More than “Qualified” “For herein is the evil of ignorance, that he who is neither good nor wise is nevertheless satisfied with himself: he has no desire for that of which he feels no want.” (Socrates) I can think…
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Charter Corporations, Not Charter Schools!

Charter Corporations, Not Charter Schools! Has Obama completely lost his mind? At a time when Americans are screaming “I’m as mad as Hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” in protests and sit-ins around the country under the…
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Knowledge is Power!

“Knowledge is Power!” Alternative media is obviously crucial for us to inform ourselves but the most important tool for empowering ourselves is a solid grounding in critical and analytical thinking skills. There are several factors…