Category: Politics

School Futures

Schools dominate our systems of education. But schools are not an essential system. In the absence of schools, education would still go on but it would be very different from we now, almost universally conceive to be “education.” It is imperative that society take a step back from schools and schooling to explore alternatives and…



STEM is not …

STEM is not STEaM or STEaMie. STEM is reserved for corporate workforce development. There is no room at the top for Art in STEAM or Including Everyone in STEAMIE. STEM is first and always elite. Pass a year or two of college calculus if you want admission to anything beyond third grade. Of course that…




The Wall

I’m not talking here about the wall across the US-Mexican border. What I will talk about is the barrier that has long existed in the US regarding the use of public funds for private schools. My inclination is to argue that the maintenance of this funding wall is essential for education’s future reform. I hold…




Dialogue

The following paragraphs may provide an explanation for dialogue. In conversation I frequently make a reference to dialogue and make a distinction between dialogue and discussion. Dialogue is a learning conversation between two or more people. Learning conversations are based on each party seeking information and a new level of understanding. This is greatly facilitated…




Echoing Green

“We are told over and over again these days that the economy is the bottom line. But as a biologist this never made any sense to me. It is the biosphere that is the source of everything that matters because it is the health of the biosphere,including the water, soil and air we all breath,…




Earth Day

There may be no more magnificent photographs than those of Earth from outer space. Humans had to travel to space to see Earth in all of its awesome majesty and its delicate vulnerability. The venture in space for a few was an education for all. We were changed by the image of the little blue…



Vouchers

Is it possible that the only reason anyone has ever listened to Betsy DeVos is that she is a billionaire? I can’t imagine and certainly don’t know of any solid reason to listen to her about education. Her qualifications as Secretary of Education are almost wholly a function of her political activity in giving money…




Amy Klobuchar

I don’t know if Senator Klobuchar should be President – yet – but I do believe that someone with her intellect and values should replace the demagogue that now holds the office. Joe Biden has the combination of experience, values and knowledge that would enable a productive and successful presidency, but his age is a…




Darwinian Robotics

The combination of robotics and social darwinism as foisted upon the American people by the likes of Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell; and Donald Trump is now a reality that cannot be ignored. The Article in Huffington Post yesterday by Brian Ross carries the scare inducing title; “Trump And Republicans Expect You To Die, Joe Public”…