Monthly Archives: September 2014

Live stream from #Ferguson – “This shit’s for Mike Brown, We TURNT up, don’t turn down”



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Mel Brooks on inequality, the rich, and what trickle down really looks like


“…I don’t write because there’s an audience. I write because there is literature.” – Susan Sontag

INTERVIEWER

Do you think much about the audience for your books?

SONTAG

Don’t dare. Don’t want to. But, anyway, I don’t write because there’s an audience. I write because there is literature.

– Paris Review, The Art of Fiction No. 143


Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky


Slavoj Žižek picks DVDs from the Criterion Collection closet (and so on and so on)


Jane Slaughter: The Neoliberal Assault on Michigan

Diane Ravitch's blog

Jane Slaughter describes what she calls the neoliberal assault on Michigan, and she adds in Wisconsin as well. The assault consists of a plan to end collective bargaining and to weaken the unions so they are unable to protect the benefits for working people.

I am not sure why she calls this movement “neoliberal,” as it seems that the main movers and shakers are far-right conservatives who always hated unions.

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Peter Goodman Watches as David Coleman Shows Off

Diane Ravitch's blog

David Coleman, as everyone knows, is the architect of the Common Core. He is hot stuff.

Peter Goodman, observer of Néw York politics, saw Coleman strutting and preening. He says he wanted to be a high school teacher, but went to McKinsey instead. Then he became an eduentrepreneur and started the Grow Network, which was a way to track student performance data. The word on the street is that he sold it to McGraw-Hill for $14 million. Then he started Student Achievement Partners, which played the lead role in writing the Common Core.

Goodman attended the famous meeting at which Colemanade his infamous statement. Goodman writes:

“As my mind was wandering I was jolted upright, Coleman told us,

“…the most popular form of writing in American high schools today …it is personal writing. It is either the exposition of a personal opinion, or, it is the presentation of a…

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