Let’s call this adjunct worker looking for work, Chip. You know him or her – chip off the old block. He or she is looking for work, err, well, it’s a calling, teaching, and no one ever said you should get paid for a calling. A passion? “You pay, dude, like a hobby. Remote control planes, my thing, and, well, teaching is your thing . . . your calling. So pay, dude? Give us a break — no one said life was fair.” He or she is past 40, could be mid-fifties, or even closer to hip replacement or amputation years. Forty or Eighty-five, is there a difference?
It’s just some of the daily bullshit looking for work in the gentrifying Portland area, and you are getting closer to Alan Simpson (Repube-Wyoming) retirement age. You know, 80 or 81, that seems like a good age to start collecting Social Security (“har-har-har,” says Jon “Stewart” Leibowitz).
Old Chip might be easier to manage as she careens around in her wheelchair. “Stay home, log on, work at all hours of the day and night (hell, you have to take all those pills at all those odd hours, anyway, so who needs sleep?). We will give you the materials to deliver and spoon feed to the supplicants, and, remember, this is a state you work in that wants common stuff to be processed as education. Do not deviate from the script, and no worries about packing a lunch and finding parking. Just deliver this pabulum at home. If you do your job right, well, students will give you a thumbs up, you will have no drops or failures, and all GPAs will be just fine and dandy. Keep doing this, hell, we might be able to get you more classes at $1800 a pop as you slide into your rusty years, in your nineties. Cuz, well, you’ll need it with ACA or Obama care, whatever version gets rammed down your part-time, at-will throat. Don’t dare give your little digital darlings anything outside the norm. This is college, mind you, the new force for turning kids into kettled adult infants. Subservient to the big eye in the sky, on the phone, in the apps, at every corner. We need more of those churned out so they can buy-buy-buy themselves into debt-debt-death.”
Well, this adjunct, again, Chip, just gets the stink eye from Human (sic) Resources (?) personnel ALL THE TIME, even to teach these video display terminal courses. This inhumane crew of folks, HR, who have zero compassion when it comes to individuality, and they are so disconnected to the mission of teaching and of being a student, that, they are the ambassadors of the Dean-let, the Admin-class of people who just can’t wait for the day when all collective bargaining is fin-terminated-done, when all teachers left are at-will, and when the 100-student classroom is the norm while they play with joy-sticks and iProds-Pads-Pacifiers, well, they are the leaders in Educational Discourse. Not trained to teach, not even the chosen field class of folk, or a class of folk who have to think of it — working with students — as a “calling.”
But they rule the roost.
Get this: Chip has been begging to teach a class at one area school, and the end game is that Chip is what, too charismatic to teach on-line, and she is too real to be virtual, though that is not a problem for her since she has been blending teaching in the round with emails and on-line communication networks, also called Moodle, Blackboard, Angel, et al?
The problem for Chip – him-her-them — is ethical – does Chip submit to background check by said HR personnel when she is totally against this form of intrusion, an unethical if not unconstitutional intrusion which has zero to do with her teaching?
Sure, we have all submitted to Homeland Insecurity provisos, and the ICE crap of attesting to our citizenship, or “legal human status” before signing a contract. Chip, like many of us, has refused the idea of this bull, and refused literally the process of urine, blood, feces checks, hair plucking, and personality quizzes and psychological batteries to determine, Gattaca-style, the worth of our bloodline and pedigrees.
I know I did not take the loyalty oath for the state of Tex-ass when I taught there. You know, swearing allegiance to Tex-ass, Bush, the entire petro-cowpoke-flat earth political system. You know, as a literature teacher, sweating to uphold the Tex-ass constitution and put my wit, mental faculties and physical prowess in the way of enemies of the Lone Star Racist State. I did not sign it, and I got some heat for not signing it, and, well, I hear stances like that in Tex-ass are as dead as Bowie is at the Alamo.
Things have just gotten worse, and since a majority of faculty are at will, most of which are in need of every last penny to pay for electricity and food, well, we have fear factor 999 to the fifth power. Add to that the careerists, the lack of a liberal class, the Dean-let thugs and Admin-People-Busters, and all those full-timers who have tenure and zero interest in politics and fighting for education, well, we are subjected to this HR-Admin class factor.
The Chips of the world get easily blacklisted for fighting the vanguard, questioning the bullshit data paralysis, and when they dare build a front against the death of academic freedom.
These people controlling the Chips off the Old Block have been afraid of their shadows for centuries, and the new serfs, the faculty majority, well, rag-tag, to be sure, and not our best allies.
Can you imagine getting in line for interviews and then looking for classes or a class to teach, and the number one thing the schools in Washington look for are background checks? What does that mean for Chip off the Old Block? What qualifies her, or disqualifies him? Sex offender, violent offender, bank robber, economist, slum landlord, busted for protesting war, protesting for peace, for being pushed by cops off public sidewalks?
Entire list of states and wages here — Adjunct Project.
|School||State||Department||Per Class Pay||on-line||contract||health insurance||retirement||governance|
|.||Bellevue College||WA||English||$3500.00 (5 credit quarter class)||N||None||N||N|
|.||Bellevue College||WA||Communications||$3500 (5 credits)||Y||Quarter||Y||Y||Y||WEA|
|.||Cascadia Community College||WA||Soc. Sci.||c. $3700-3800 (5 credit quarter)||Both||Quarter||Eventually||Y||Y||Y|
|.||Charter College||WA||Business Management||$25/hour||N||None||N||N||N||N|
|.||Clark College||WA||English||$1930.50 ($58.50/contact hour)||N||None||Y||Y||Y||Clark College Association of Higher Education|
|.||Columbia Basin College||WA||Social Science||$2,914 (5 Credit)||N||None||Y||Y||Y||N|
|.||Cornish College of the Arts||WA||Humanities & Sciences||$3,624||N||Semester||N||N||Unsure|
|.||Eastern Washington University||WA||$1,950 (MA); $3000 (PhD); quarters||N||Quarter||Eventually||N||Y||AFL-CIO affiliate|
|.||Gonzaga University||WA||Modern Languages||$3900 (PhD)||N||Semester||N||N||N||N|
|.||Gonzaga University||WA||Modern Languages||$975/credit||N||None||N||N||N||N|
|.||Gonzaga University (Jesuit)||WA||English||$2631 (MA); $2925 (PhD)||N||Semester||N||N||Y||N|
|.||ITT Technical Institute||WA||All||$1,500||N||None||N||N||N|
|.||North Seattle Community College||WA||Math/Sciences||$4700 (5 credit)||N||Semester||Eventually||AFT|
|.||Pacific Lutheran Univ.||WA||Music||$288/credit/student||N||Annual||Y||Y|
|.||Saint Martin’s University||WA||Liberal Arts||$1,900 Benedictine Dollars||N||Semester||N||N||N||N|
|.||Skagit Valley College||WA||prof/tech and ABE||$1,530||N||Semester||Y||Y||Y||AFT|
|.||Skagit Valley College||WA||$880||N||N||N||N||Y|
|.||University of Washington Bothell||WA||CUSP||$6,000||Quarter||Y||Y||Y|
|.||University of Washington-Bothell Campus||WA||Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences||$6,000 (5-credit)||N||Quarter||N||N||Y|
|.||University of Washington Seattle||WA||$5,500||N||Semester||Y||Y||N|
|.||University of Washington Tacoma||WA||All||$4400-$5500 (5 credit)||N||Annual||Eventually||N||N||N|
|.||Walla Walla University||WA||$1,929||N||Quarter||N||N||N||No|
|.||Wenatchee Valley College||WA||Human Resources||Y||Y||N||AHE|
|.||Wenatchee Valley College||WA||Liberal Arts||$3546 (5credit/quarter) + $355 for Office Hour||Y||Quarter|
|.||Western Washington University||WA||Political Science||$3970 (MA) (4 or 5 credits)||N||Quarter||N||N||N||Yes. UFWW|
|.||Whatcom Community College||WA||Psychology||$3108 to $3806 (5 credit/quarter)||Both||Quarter||Y||Y||Y||Y; AFTWA/WCCFT|
|.||Whitman College||WA||Music||$264/student credit/semester||N||Semester||Y||N||N|
|.||Whitman College||WA||Sociology||$50,000 (5 courses/2 semesters)||N||Semester||Y||Eventually||Y||N|
|.||Carroll University||WI||English||$3200 (4 credit)||N||Semester||N||N||Y|
How much is this test costing the taxpayers, and to what ends? From some private outfit called TalentWise (how much is this test costing the state of Washington, we ask?), that’s what Chip says is the vetted and vaunted outfit ready to do a complete character assassination, err, character validation scan of her life. TalentWise? Wow, what double-talk Edward Bernays stuff.
To teach community college, they pay what, $100 or more for some IT creeps, the very intruders college teachers should be railing against in their humanities classes, to do a check on prospective employees. And a background scan on the Chip’s of the world, those, what are we talking about, at-will, precarious and Part-Time faculty who get called last minute or never again.
We have advanced, now, as a society. Proven guilty before having innocence. Death is your only accomplice, and your only freedom.
Chip, our old chip off the older block, she will end up with no guarantee of a class, and she thought she could fill out paperwork to take home to get into the system, but the HR Stasi is looking for cracks, ebbs and flows in character, some police blotter proof that even though there are 400 lined up for each job, HR-gal/gal can screen ’em all out until five qualified candidates are left. The ones left? Well, you fill in that blank.
Chip, she can’t get called yet, not in this hyper-freaky world which is looking into her background, first and foremost. You know, how many times has Chip ended up with priests, nuns, students, and activists, including former war soldiers, in jail for protesting the Reagan Killing Fields in Central America, the Un-Free North American Agreement (NAFTA), the 500th Anniversary of Columbus, or some environmental cause? Maybe a tree sit, or some march against Monsanto. If she stood her ground just enough, just with enough human compassion, she might be facing a felony. See that article below on a parent speaking out in Baltimore.
Do those count as demerits? Something putting Chip into the “unemployable” category in the US of Stasi?
Come on, Chip’s been teaching since 1980, and this level of bizarre scrutiny and mishap and meanness is where we are heading. People just bend over, take it, and line up for more.
Perfect credit reports, perfect scores on tests, perfect attendance records, and work, shut the eff up, and do more for less money, stop complaining, you are going to be on the streets soon enough, so enjoy a little hyper-artificial world of teaching with the big boys and girls – Tenured, Full-Time, lovers of deans and endless data collection, and endless new and to-be-thrown-out-soon-enough educational change-model.
Chip, like most of the 1.5 million precarious college chumps, err, faculty, gets paid crap. Don’t let the contact hourly amount fool you when you look at the Adjunct Project spreadsheet above, one that has been crowdsourced for two years, to be sure. Teaching a college course, say English 101, one of the key courses, and as Chip has always advocated, one of what she thinks should be 6 mandatory communication-writing-research courses for ALL college-university students to take (it is not that paradigm at all, thanks to rotten Deans, asleep-at-the-retirement-wheel FT-Tenure Trackers), well, put that figure at five times the amount of work or hours to accomplish the teaching, editing, coaching, prodding, and mentoring of students in Chip’s class, and even that amount of time is cutting it short for students, many of which need individual help from an expert like Chip, who might have master’s degrees, a boat load of real experience running businesses, working as a woman newsperson, heck, even she was wild enough to hitchhike to Panama from Nogales, and an unbelievable amount of professional writing under her/his belt and up her/his sleeves.
They treat Chip and Company like children, bums, lost souls, diseased, the foot-in-the-door cripples, who will stay underclass, underpaid, under-benefited. Chip wanted to show her class a video of an attack on critical thinking, free speech, and even freedom of movement, but the Dean-lets, and Pedagogy Nazis and the HR and powers that be say, “Chip, Chip, Chip, you have to teach what’s in the script. These are babes in the arms of corporations, of the privatizers, and how can you give them some other narrative, about injustice, when justice is only following orders, having perfect credit reports, and paying all usury notes created by Anglo Feds and Zionist Zeitgeist-loving Takers? This video will be blocked, and this time we will allow you, Chip, one free “get out of jail” card. We understand your confusion at 81, working on-line, all this new app and coding stuff New to you.”
And here she is, now, Chip, Chip off the Old Block, now just a parent, just an interested person concerned about where PK12 is going. Think hard about how much we want Chip to go through for her rotten pay and zero benefits.
Check it out, a school board meeting in Baltimore, where all the questions are kettled, the fat-faced school board with their security-cops in attendance, telling parents they cannot deviate from their set of questions, their proscribed talking points.
Last week the Baltimore County School district held a public meeting to go over the “Common Core” curriculum now being taught in Maryland schools.
This was reportedly the first of any public forum concerning what is now being taught to Maryland children.The parents’ questions had to be submitted prior to the event and no new questions would be discussed. This angered some residents who felt the need to ask tougher questions than those selected by superintendents.
One parent, Robert Small, very respectfully tried to voice his concerns and was shut out from participating when a policeman forcefully removed him from the auditorium
Small went on to warn the residents that they have a right to a proper debate on what’s best for their own community and they shouldn’t be dictated to by bureaucrats.
“Parents, take control. We’re sick of this. This is not a CNN political game. This is a public town hall … Listen, don’t stand for this. You’re sitting here like cattle. You have questions. Confront them. They don’t want to do it in public … Parents, you need to question these people…Do the research, it’s online.”
More arts at David Dees, here.
Well, well, he faces felony charges and 10.5 years in prison? We are a wacked-out, pathetic nation, and the facilitators of this are the school boards, the Arne Duncans, the Obama-Boehner-Gates-Bezos-IT-Corporate Police State. Say you believe it, please, that cops are more dangerous than criminals:
Read it, by Paul Craig Roberts:
The worse threat every American faces comes from his/her own government.
At the federal level the threat is a seventh war (Syria) in 12 years, leading on to the eighth and ninth (Iran and Lebanon) and then on to nuclear war with Russia and China.
The criminal psychopaths in Washington have squandered trillions of dollars on their wars, killing and dispossessing millions of Muslims while millions of American citizens have been dispossessed of their homes and careers. Now the entire social safety net is on the chopping bloc so that Washington can finance more wars.
At the state and local level every American faces brutal, armed psychopaths known as the police. The “law and order” conservatives and the “compassionate” liberals stand silent while police psychopaths brutalize children and grandmothers, murder double amputees in wheel chairs, break into the wrong homes, murder the family dogs, and terrify the occupants, pointing their automatic assault weapons in the faces of small children.
The American police perform no positive function. They pose a much larger threat to citizens than do the criminals who operate without a police badge. Americans would be safer if the police forces were abolished.
The police have been militarized and largely federalized by the Pentagon and the gestapo Homeland Security. The role of the federal government in equipping state and local police with military weapons, including tanks, and training in their use has essentially removed the police from state and local control. No matter how brutal any police officer, it is rare that any suffer more than a few months suspension, usually with full pay, while a report is concocted that clears them of any wrong doing.
In America today, police murder with impunity. All the psychopaths have to say is, “I thought his wallet was a gun,” or “we had to taser the unconscious guy we found lying on the ground, because he wouldn’t obey our commands to get up.”
There are innumerable cases of 240 pound cop psychopaths beating a 115 pound woman black and blue. Or handcuffing and carting off to jail 6 and 7 year old boys for having a dispute on the school playground.
Now, an interview of education historian Diane Ravitch, plugging her new book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools, wherein the educational historian writes that the reform movement – pro-charter schools, anti-teacher unions, dedicated to teacher evaluations built on test scores — threatens to undermine democracy. She talks PK12 public education, but alas, even the Chips off the Old Blocks of the World who think they are in a class of their own as at-will, hourly, zero-benefits college instructors can learn from the models of masochistic cuts to our entire way of life — cuts to everything most of us stand for as individuals and groups of people, as workers, as communities, as the majority, 80 percent, with our paltry 7 percent of the USA pie . . . . While the One Percent and their 40 percent of the pie and the 19 Percent and their 53 percent of the pies smear every community with the shame of greed, capitalism, money laundering and assault and battery on we, the people, the 80 Percent!
It’s a far-ranging interview, of Diane Ravitch (DR) and here are highlights as I make quippy comments up front and then offset Diane’s direct quotes in the block quotes we do so well here at DV with our WordPress:
As we all know, from Jonathan Kozol back to Studs Terkel, anyone with a brain, it’s the poverty and the denuded public spaces and places, the gentrifying effects on neighborhoods when IT-Coders come in with their $300,000 a year toy-groping jobs and they push out gays, artists, people of color, young poor people who actually MAKE the place. Think San Francisco. So, it’s about the low test scores? What should we do with that flawed system of test-test-test? Well, how about solving poverty:
And if you recognize that where the scores are low, where there is a crisis in education, is where there is concentrated poverty and concentrated racial segregation. Nothing we’re doing now addresses either poverty or segregation, so we’re on a course that’s based on false premises with solutions that don’t recognize what the problem is. (DR)
The issue of the home is the castle, sacred, the place where all good things happen is bunk. In fact, most bad habits, bad thinking, racist pushing, just the big ignorance of our times, that is learned AT Home. Let school – public education – be a refuge, and fund it by taxing the billionaires and multi-millionaires. Pretty simple, pretty simple.
There’s a difference between home and school, and home is a place that is not subject to government control, except to the extent that we can lessen the amount of poverty with which people live, which is very debilitating. But school is a place where kids can be encouraged to learn, where they’re excited about learning, where they find that learning is something that enriches their lives. (DR)
Tests, scores, billions for the testers, billions for the white papers, billions for the supplements, the textbooks, the programs, the pedagogy, the curricular interventions, and the technologies:
Unfortunately, our current approach to schooling – I can’t even call it education – is tests. Tests are not intrinsically motivating. Tests are motivating in the sense that kids are frightened or worried. They don’t know what’s going to happen to them, and it’s very upsetting when their paper comes back or their score comes back. (DR)
Sure, testing three-year-olds, have them test-test-test their ability to parrot test material, and answer test questions. That’s a society ready for tackling climate change, end of ice, classicism beyond anything in history, and the pollution of the media, culture, political sphere, family, home, job.
There are directives coming from the U.S. Department of Education that have been encouraging the testing of children in pre-kindergarten, so there seems to be no end to the government bureaucrats and politicians who believe that testing is somehow going to raise test scores. Firstly, it doesn’t. Even if it did, these would be scores that were produced by test prep and that would have no real relationship to education or to a love of learning. (DR)
Oh yes, you separate and divide and conquer and bring the competition to the school yard. Sure, teachers should not learn about cooperative evolution, cooperative teaching, team teaching, the whole child, the whole classroom, the whole thing called education.
Why do people continue to advocate things that have been proven over more than 20 years to have made no difference? Merit pay is an even better example. Merit pay has been tried for almost 100 years. It has never made a difference and yet politicians continue to say, “This is what we’ll do it: merit pay.”
In fact, when I go out speaking to teacher audiences and I go through the failure of merit pay, I get huge applause because teachers don’t want merit pay. The reason they don’t want it is not because they don’t want more money – sure they’d love more money. They don’t want to be placed into competition with their colleagues. They understand that when you work in a school you’re working in a collaborative environment and you’re not there to just hide what you’re doing that works and not let anybody see it. (DR)
Oh yeah, it’s a Fear Factor game, the great race, the big ass I am Number One and all the other contenders, all of you in second through 99 place, bye-bye. One winner takes all, one size fits all neighborhoods, all citizens, all on trial, all in the classroom. No differentiated teaching, no fuller teacher contingents working on a very challenged society, young and old. Have them go at each other, like gridiron fools, to see which school comes out on top of the dung heap.
The very nature of Race to the Top – the Obama program – is a market model. It’s an idea of a race to the top. Well, how many people win a race to the top? Very few. It’s usually one person or one group or one state that wins the race to the top and everyone else is the loser, but the basic principle of American education is not a race to the top — it’s equality of educational opportunity. I think that America has long accepted the idea that the role of the public school is to create a level playing field so that everyone has got a fair chance in what is a market-based economy. (DR)
Cooking the books, the Charter School Way.
Every time somebody will say, “I found a school that is a miracle school” — I’ve seen this again and again – “Here’s a school where 100 percent of the kids graduate!” If you look closer, you find out that they got rid of about 50 percent of the kids on the way to that 100 percent figure. They’re very good at shuffling off the losers. (DR)
Oh, those think tanks, those wondrous bean counters, efficiency experts, risk analysts, those collection points of data-data-data. Yep, we are better off now that we know so much about so little.
I think what we’re seeing nationally is an effort to apply something called “Big Data” to education, and education has always been understood in this country — and every other country, as far as I know — as first and foremost the interaction between teachers, adults and children. It can work well and it cannot work well, and if it doesn’t work well, you try and intervene to find out why. But it’s primarily human interactions. What’s happened now is we’re in a moment of Big Data where management consultants like McKinsey and the government and the big thinkers think that everything can be reduced to data and, if you just manipulate the data, you can come up with the answers. (DR)
In a country where we are all our own Captains of our Own Ship, Masters of our Own Destinies, where “It takes a village” is scoffed at, where community bill of rights is a laughable thing when up against the building, bulldozing, gas-guzzling, paving-over, consumer-consumed lobbies, sure, we need revamping — after the ashes have cooled and the embers mulched into a new fecund ground. Yes, we need states to talk to states, and for all children to be challenged and follow through with what most state universities and what we call education programs teach. We need more tools for the universities to prepare good people to be smart teachers. Oh, all those colleges and departments and organizations talk, and come up with a united front. Yes, we should have some forceful national pride in education in all districts, backwoods or inner city or right in that gated community. But to have the Arne Duncans of the world determine this, or guide it or direct it.
There is a big disagreement on what Common Core is, and really, what the emphasis is. Again, you face 10.5 years in jail in Baltimore for throwing curveballs at the Neanderthal School Board. Parents don’t know much, according to the educational wonks. Bull-shit.
Common Core is going to put even more emphasis on technology in the schools. In my district, they’re spending loads of money rebuilding our infrastructure just to support Common Core. So they are laying off teachers and literacy coaches and librarians, but they’re spending all this money building up this digital infrastructure. Los Angeles Unified School District has this big initiative and they are giving iPads to every student.
What I don’t like about it is that the real goal here is to replace teachers with technology. There’s an assumption that you can somehow get rid of teachers, reduce their numbers and have a hundred kids in every classroom, and they’ll have one teacher and a lot of iPads or a lot of other kinds of technology. That’s a mistake because, ultimately, kids will learn or not learn based on human interactions, not based on technology. (DR)
Charter school initiatives in Washington state passed, thanks to millions from Amazon –dot-Bezos, Gates and Company, Bloomberg and hedge funders and Pearson Publishing. Charter schools, using public funds, using public facilities, using the for-profit investment shareholder model. Sure, for profit medicine, how is that working out, uh?
North Carolina, actually – I don’t know if they ultimately succeeded – is saying there would be no extra pay for master’s degrees, which is a way of saying education doesn’t count. You’re teaching kids, but if you want to get a master’s degree in your subject, you won’t get extra compensation for it, and North Carolina has done everything possible to make its teachers feel unappreciated. The same thing is true in Tennessee and Louisiana. There’s an ongoing battle between the people who work in the classrooms and the Teach for America graduates who are running the school system who seem to have a hostility to public education and also to the teachers who work in public schools. They want everything to be charters and privatized — no unions, no job protections, no tenure, etc., etc., so everything they can think of to make teachers feel unappreciated, they go for. (DR)
Henry Giroux and countless others deride the privatization of the public school system. It’s old hat, now. But it is not stopping with our laments, kick-ass essays and parents in Chicago or in New York going to the streets to protest.
Everything that the reformers are pushing is not reform, it’s just to advance privatization and to get rid of unions and to make teachers at-will employees who can be easily hired and fired if they start costing too much. It all fails, and when it fails and fails and fails, at a certain point the public says we have to change direction. (DR)
Oh, the simplest solutions never-ever see the light of day in this Walmartization Waldo World of Puppets and Sheeple:
Some of my solutions are long-term and you wouldn’t see the results right away, but they’re very important. The first solution in the book has to do with prenatal care; we are among the underdeveloped nations in the world, we’re back with like Somalia in terms of providing prenatal care for pregnant women. [Better prenatal care] would reduce special education referrals tremendously, but we wouldn’t see the results of it for years. That’s very important. (DR)
Oh, this is just a quippy little thing, as I think about the Chips off the Old Blocks of the world inside and on top of the conveyor belt called Adjunct Teaching. I think about the Chips hourly, maybe minute-by-minute while I work with adults with developmental disabilities for sub-poverty wages and I listen to the Emmy Awards while these cool folk cheer for their favorite careless, uncaring, One Percenter in TV-Boob-Tube-Land. Hell, that entire mess is not even a silly farce anymore, but an example of decades of the rich class, the talent-less on TV, the elite and the very-very white Anglo-Zionist kind creating junk food follies.
These are really talent-less times, talent-less and the more talent-less and crass and foolish, well, that is what rules the day on TV, and, so, heck, just thinking about some guy facing 10.5 years in prison for speaking up and for not folding while some punk cop pushes him, well, we are all Trayvon Martin, correct?
Oh, sure, the early childhood intervention thing! That won’t help many of society’s ails.
What are two big things, two big solutions — for which Diane Ravitch was asked by Salon.com reporter Sara Scribner:
Early childhood education is very important and that could easily be done. It would cost money, but it would cost a lot less than going to war again. Making sure that there are arts in every school, that there is a curriculum where kids have time every day for physical education, which is crucial for their physical health and also their mental health as well – that would be terribly important. So all of those things matter.
I would also change the testing so that the testing becomes something that is more based on teacher testing rather than the high-stakes testing that we’ve come to accept. I think a lot of the testing right now is driven by the market power, by the huge amounts of money that are paid to the testing companies. They all have lobbyists – they have lobbyists in Washington, they have lobbyists in the state capitals — to make sure that we keep using their products. We don’t have to keep using their products. Their products just aren’t that good and I think we would be better off with more teacher-originated testing and less of the standardized testing. (DR)
And, unfortunately, Ravitch speaks, has her tours, her books, her role in discourse with the elite in the mainstream media mush, many of them neoliberals, faux liberals, Zionists, and, well, just look at those Emmys. Whew, was that a lily white Anglo-Judeo event.
The point is that Ravitch and Giroux and Paul Craig Roberts and the rest of them speak, and they do good at that speech and critical analyses, but they too are out of touch with the masses, those mighty few in the One Percent and 19 Percent taking this country into their apocalyptic hell where only the rich survive, and the Top Usury Guns gun-us-all-down for the lead, the rest be damned our we stiffen in our intellectual and spiritual rigor mortis.
See those 275 comments on the story about the 83-year-old adjunct, Margaret Mary of Duquesne University, now posted on Alternet. She dead now, as you read in my last School Yard Fights. See the vile crap, the bile, and feel their arguments why it’s a-okay to allow for survival of the fittest and “life’s a bitch, no one said it was fair” philosophy overtake the discourse, overtake our political theater. Now, I know how to handle these putzes, but so many in the troll world and on-line commentary world just can’t wear these Little Eichmanns down. So, that’s another story — how do adjuncts come out swinging and never stop swinging, because, again, The One Percent Believes Our Lives Should Be Shit While Theirs is Paved in Gold, so what’s to lose?
See School Yard Fights version of that pathetic story of the Catholics cuffing another life!