The fight for a Constitutional right to education takes a new turn

by Derek Black Conversation Dec 7, 2018 A new fight to secure a federal constitutional right to education is spreading across the country. This fight has been a long time coming and is now suddenly at full steam. In 1973, plaintiffs in San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez argued that school funding inequities violated the … Continue reading The fight for a Constitutional right to education takes a new turn

How Betsy DeVos Does the Koch Brothers’ Bidding

by Jeff Bryant Our Future Nov 28, 2018 While the serial outrages of the Trump administration continue to make headlines, the more mundane activities of his cabinet officials and their underlings often fly under the radar. Take U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, for instance, whose nomination drew ahistory-making opposition and set off an avalanche … Continue reading How Betsy DeVos Does the Koch Brothers’ Bidding

Who decides what words mean?

Bound by rules, yet constantly changing, language might be the ultimate self-regulating system, with nobody in charge by Lane Greene Aeon Dec 6, 2018 Decades before the rise of social media, polarisation plagued discussions about language. By and large, it still does. Everyone who cares about the topic is officially required to take one of two stances. … Continue reading Who decides what words mean?

The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

Necessary cognitive fortification against propaganda, pseudoscience, and general falsehood. BY MARIA POPOVA Brain Pickings Carl Sagan (November 9, 1934–December 20, 1996) was many things — a cosmic sage, voracious reader,hopeless romantic, and brilliant philosopher. But above all, he endures as our era’s greatest patron saint of reason and critical thinking, a master of the vital … Continue reading The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

Trump Administration Cancels Promised Payments to Student Veterans Under GI Bill

Calls for Investigation Into Trump's VA Failure to Pay Veterans New American Journal Dec 2, 2018 In response to a news report indicating the Trump administration’s Department of Veterans Affairs claims to be so short staffed it can’t do the math to pay student veterans the benefits it owes, U.S. Senator Doug Jones of Alabama … Continue reading Trump Administration Cancels Promised Payments to Student Veterans Under GI Bill

Bake Sales Can’t Fix This

Corporate Tax Cuts Leave Public Schools Desperate byEleanor Bader Truthout Nov 23, 2018 Once upon a time, not very long ago, the promise of a free, public education meant that US families and teachers could count on a mixture of local and federal funding to fully cover the costs of kindergarten through 12th grade schooling. But no … Continue reading Bake Sales Can’t Fix This

Trump Administration Fails to Pay GI Benefits Due US Veterans

Veterans haven't received GI Bill benefits for months due to ongoing IT issues at VA   "This is — to be kind — a train wreck,” said Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. U.S. war veterans at the Veterans Day parade in New York on Nov. 11, 2017. … Continue reading Trump Administration Fails to Pay GI Benefits Due US Veterans