Category Archives: Education

Unexceptionalism – A Primer

h/t Atrios – E. L. Doctorow provides the Primer. Read it. Grieve. Work, in small ways and big and in whatever way you can, for something much, much better. We all deserve something much, much better – recognizing that democratic ideal was in part what made us exceptional.

Busking Behavior – Neil Young, Joshua Bell and the Case for Public Art

This video of Neil Young busking in Glasgow in 1976 incognito before a concert is worth a look (especially if you’re a fan of his early work like me) It reminds me of the Washington Post’s experiment with the great violinist Joshua Bell (very much worth reading/seeing the video).  In the experiment Bell, one of […]

Madison Elementary Teacher Kornblatt Uses Community Resources to Expand Educational Opportunity

(h/t @4SHCrane via @mgarth) Great way to utilize community resources to expand educational opportunities for 3rd grade students by Lincoln Elementary teacher Marc Kornblatt – learning about nature via phenology and writing it down at the laundromat.

Charlie Pierce Accuses David Brooks of Animal Abuse

Via Atrios – Charlie Pierce’s sharp commentary on David Brook’s dog Moral Hazard.  In this economy even the dogs of the relatively well-off live well under their potential.

Where’s The Economic Recovery Going To Come From? Obama Provides Good Answers

Matt Yglesias has an interesting piece about educational levels around the Great Depression compared to today that reflects on Paul Krugman’s pessimism about the economy and Ryan Avent’s optimism. The question is where will our economic recovery come from (and how soon)? I’m no economist, but my sense is we are not likely to recover […]

Savage, Wendorf, Svoboda And Kim For COD Trustees

While I haven’t written much about it due to time, there’s been a tremendous amount of nonsense (polite term) going on with the College of DuPage (COD) Board of Trustees over the last few years. Trustees resigning because of board ineffectiveness and poor leadership with the incumbent trustee board chair investigated and sued because of […]

What The Stimulus Says About Us….

We’d rather continue to substantially cut taxes, especially those at the upper end, while sacrificing our society’s future economic competitiveness and health through reduced infrastructure spending, reduced education spending, and reduced health care spending among others. On that latter topic, Ezra poses the challenge: “A decent society doesn’t spen[d] $70 billion on an upper-class tax […]

Spare Change? The Stimulus And Bailouts Are Too Valuable

Almost absent from the dominant discussion of the federal stimulus package (and bailouts) is any attempt at progressive change that goes beyond the surface of ‘what we buy.’ I spoke yesterday about tying taxpayer expenditures to a living wage – but I’ve been thinking about this type of thing for a while agreeing with Matthew […]

Because If People In The Military Knew Better….

John McCain is against improving education benefits for veterans because it could affect military retention rates. What do you even say about a policy amounting to ‘keep ‘em down and they’ll stick around’? Horrifying? Accurate? Cynical? Exploitive? Whatever it is – it isn’t what any decent person would call “patriotic.”

Stephanie Kifowit Makes Aurora Mayoral Run Official

[OneMan in comments below is right – Henry Treftz, Vice Chair of the Aurora Township GOP was there (although I missed seeing him) – and yes, he is a cool guy.] Last Friday over 125 people attended Alderman Stephanie Kifowit’s official announcement that she is running for Mayor of Aurora. Under the banner “Leadership that […]