The Dramatis Personae in the Privatization of Public Schools in North Carolina – or Who is Trying to “Reform” Education Through Deformation

Michelle Rhee’s visit to North Carolina for a “closed-door” meeting (February 7th)) with lawmakers in the current climate of public education in this country and in the state should not sit well with public school advocates. In fact, this meeting that was brokered by an educational lobbying body of business leaders called BEST NC (coupled … Continue reading The Dramatis Personae in the Privatization of Public Schools in North Carolina – or Who is Trying to “Reform” Education Through Deformation

The NC GOP Wants to Meet Betsy DeVos To “Share” Agendas and Give Her A Pencil

News that the North Carolina GOP has invited newly and (barely) confirmed U.S. Education secretary Betsy DeVos to come and “share ideas” with lawmakers concerning school choice is rather humorous. As reported in the News & Observer yesterday (2/9) in an article entitled “Republicans invite DeVos to North Carolina for advice on expanding school choice,” … Continue reading The NC GOP Wants to Meet Betsy DeVos To “Share” Agendas and Give Her A Pencil

Dr. Seuss And The Age of Trump

Donald Trump’s first three weeks in office have been rather tumultuous, yet surreal at the same time, and the references by many to dystopian novels have been plentiful. 1984 is the bestselling book of the past few weeks as the articles making comparisons between Trump’s tenure as president and Orwell’s “fictional” world immediately began to circulate … Continue reading Dr. Seuss And The Age of Trump

Melissa McCarthy and Acting the Truth

Donald Trump has literally revitalized Saturday Night Live. Not because he hosted an episode in 2015, but because of the fodder he is giving the show. Alec Baldwin’s impression of the new president might just win him an Emmy Award, but what Melissa McCarthy pulled off this past weekend might be the best political satire … Continue reading Melissa McCarthy and Acting the Truth

To Be An Atlanta Falcons Fan And Understanding Scrat the Squirrel

If you are a fan of the Ice Age movies, you know that the endless quest for the acorn carries Scrat through all five movies. He almost gets it, and then it's gone. An unforeseen force that foils him right at the very end. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jga4oHAoJhc And you say that it's just a movie. Yet, if … Continue reading To Be An Atlanta Falcons Fan And Understanding Scrat the Squirrel

Frederick Douglass Was “Banned” From Bowling Green, Ohio

It is a good thing that Donald Trump does not approve of the Common Core State Standards. If he did endorse them, then he would have to honor the fact that Frederick Douglass’s autobiography is actually mentioned in the “English Language Arts Standards » Standard 10: Range, Quality, & Complexity » Texts Illustrating the Complexity, … Continue reading Frederick Douglass Was “Banned” From Bowling Green, Ohio

A Thank You Letter From Betsy DeVos to Sen. Richard Burr

Oddly enough, I found this fake letter absolutely nowhere on the internet, but if it did exist it might sound like...     Dear Richard, I cannot thank you enough for your confirmation vote this past week as I strive to continue my quest of taking public money from taxpayers and finance more unregulated charter … Continue reading A Thank You Letter From Betsy DeVos to Sen. Richard Burr