September 24, 2018
Culture

Fighting Big Education, Part II, the Framework

August 31, 2018 Puma ByDesign 0

Vassar Bushmills So that backward glance to the 60s reveals that what we thought was just a blip in our history— Yankee imperialism, force-feeding Christianity on non-Christian cultures (trust me, I heard it all), and the best gag of all, our warmongering being forced on a culture of youth who only [Read More]

Donald Trump

“ADULTERY”

August 2, 2018 Puma ByDesign 0

Vassar Bushmills Anyone under 40 will not remember, and certainly find no modern relevance in Radar O’Reilly, played by Gary Burghoff in the M.A.S.H. TV series, 1972-1983. He was a 20-something corporal in an Army surgical hospital unit in the Korean War. It was a comedy. Everyone else in the [Read More]

Government

American Exceptionalism or American Freak show?

January 16, 2018 Puma ByDesign 1

I recently watched an interview of Barack Obama in which he discussed the parallel views of reality in American politics. (It was undated, so I don’t know if it was made during his term in office or part of his post-presidency schtik, about the upheaval we’re seeing unfold in America [Read More]

Race Relations

FINALLY! The Inherent Racism of Marble

June 8, 2017 Doug Hagin 0

Another case of R.O.S. (Racial Obsession Syndrome) A University of Iowa professor recently argued that appreciation of “white marble” used in classical artwork contributes to “white supremacist ideas today.” Professor Sarah Bond demonstrates in an articlepublished in Hyperallergic that “many of the statues, reliefs, and sarcophagi created in the ancient [Read More]

Education

To My Students: Farewell For Now…

May 24, 2017 1willford 0

By: Mike McDaniel    The end of the school year is a bittersweet time for teachers. It’s satisfying to bring to an end a year of hard work. That engenders a feeling of accomplishment, of completion. But it’s always sad, because very soon, our classes will meet for the final [Read More]

Education

Comic Writings For 2016-2017

May 19, 2017 1willford 0

By: Mike McDaniel    I think it time I veer away from the political carnage and enjoy a laugh or two. Each year I post the inadvertently funny things my students write, and sometimes, say. I also throw in the occasional odd communication between staff members. Lest anyone think these [Read More]

Education

Education: What’s Wrong With These People?!

March 20, 2017 1willford 0

By: Mike McDaniel    These days I find myself often reading the news and saying out loud: “what’s wrong with those people?! Is it something in the water?”  I refer to my distant colleagues, fellow teachers. Are the weekly revelations of bizarre and criminal behavior by teachers around the nation indicative [Read More]

Public school is not the place for political indoctrination
Education

Political proselytizing should not happen in public school

December 14, 2016 Bookworm 0

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, state and local politicians did come and give talks at whichever public school I happened to attend at the time. The politicians’ topics were invariably uplifting things about civic involvement, public service, the great people of San Francisco or California, or similar anodyne, non-partisan [Read More]

Social Issues

In-Service Training And Brain Damage–UPDATED

November 28, 2016 1willford 0

By: Mike McDaniel    More than four years ago–March 20, 2012, to be precise–I wrote an article titled “Education: Fixing Intelligence and In-Service Training.” I chanced upon that article again recently, and it struck home, so I decided to update it, and did, in October of 2014.  Chancing on it again, I [Read More]

Race Relations

Norman, OK: White Racist Thought Crime!

October 24, 2016 1willford 0

By:  Mike McDaniel    Teaching these days is a potentially dangerous occupation. One must always be aware that virtually every kid in every class is carrying a video camera and audio recorder in their pocket, and they’re sneaky about using them. I do not teach or say anything I would not [Read More]

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