My thinking on “street art” has slowly evolved. At one time I thought of it all as simple vandalism and graffiti. But British street artist Banksy has changed my mind. He is brilliant. He makes powerful statements about social and economic justice.
I think we live in the strangest of times: Corporations are considered people, and people are considered mere data points: test scores in school and profit margins as adults.
I make it a personal policy to work very hard not to swear like a sailor on my blog. At times this self-imposed policy is very hard for me. The first part of this post, especially, is one such moment: Militarization of public schools.
I thought of our nation’s social studies teachers when I saw this excellent video on the civic responsibility we have to teach social studies as the study of power. It’s an interesting take on middle and high school education, at the very least.
Does this not concern anyone but me?! Does this make you feel safer??! Police militarization is hurting the wrong people. This is insane! We are running in the wrong direction as fast as we can go.
I find it incomprehensible that 50 people commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge every year. Security forces and passersby talk down from the ledge about another 100 people who are intent on killing themselves. This means that ever 2 to 3 days, someone attempts suicide from the bridge, and about every third person succeeds.
I really enjoy hearing what smart people think, what they say. This week Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, was interviewed on All in with Chris Hayes—two very bright young men making a positive difference in our world.
Serving a community through public education is a difficult and demanding task. Public school teachers get blamed for everything. Little of what they are blamed for is actually within their sphere of influence, let alone control. But, arguably, the hardest job in the school has to be that of the public school principal. I know. […]
This post is NOT about Fox News or climate change, though both are referenced to explain something else.
I thought that the ending of Season 1, Episode 3, of John Oliver’s HBO series, “Last Week Tonight” was sheer brilliance. Not only was he funny (He’s always hysterical.), he made a profoundly important point. His point was directed specifically to one topic: climate change. I want to describe what he did and then extend the scope of his point significantly.
This is one of the major reasons I believe we have massive surveillance by government in democracies around the world. This is one reason the government wants higher education to be prohibitively expensive and public school children not to be critical thinkers. Russell Brand is a bit of a loose canon. He’s funny. He’s smart. […]