economy, education, inequality, justice/jails, racism, recently noted, video-movies-podcasts

“How Structural Racism Works” – Tricia Rose and Samuel Rosen – recently noted

June 7, 2020
If you are struggling to get your head around how racism works you will probably find it helpful to have a general framework as a guide. This one hour lecture from 2017 features an overview by Brown University Professor Tricia Rose of the structure of racism and how it works in the US (approx. 29 minutes). Then follows a case study by Samuel Rosen, senior researcher, How Structural Racism Works Project at Brown, of how —>> read more –>>
books, economy, education, family, healthcare, inequality, justice/jails, politics

Tightrope – Americans reaching for hope by Kristof and WuDunn – book review

May 1, 2020
Tightrope provides a well-written description of the American crisis through personal stories and hard data. Unfortunately it falls flat in its call for action.
education, inequality, racism, recently noted

Recently Noted – busing, re-segregation, white supremacy

July 17, 2019
The recent controversies surrounding Joe Biden’s anti- school busing collaborations with racist politicians from the south has for the moment aroused new comment on segregated America. The New York Times published an excellent review of the history of school desegregation by Nikole Hannah-Jones, “It Was Never About Busing: Court-ordered desegregation worked. But white racism made it hard to accept.” As the article notes the yellow school bus has been in use for almost a hundred years. —>> read more –>>
education, healthcare, inequality, politics

Roosevelt’s 1944 Second Bill of Rights – a good starting point today

FDR
February 14, 2019
Roosevelt’s 1944 State of the Union called for a second bill of rights, an economic bill of rights, that resonates loudly today.
education, free-market ideology

Recently Noted – PhDs on Food Stamps – Labor in US Higher Ed

December 24, 2018
Adjunct teachers are paid so poorly that many qualify for food stamps. Meanwhile students across the country are underwriting ever higher tuition through debt.
education, politics, video-movies-podcasts

Education – Miseducation – Human Creativity – TED Talk by Ken Robinson

November 5, 2010
We all have had, some now enduring, experiences in the educational system. Excepting the academic super stars for whom the educational system was designed, most have at best mixed feelings about it. Here is a TED Talk given in 2006 by Ken Robinson: “Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity” It is a compelling critique and most humorous. You will not get through these nineteen minutes without a lot of laughs.