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The Crisis in Education Is That the Super Wealthy Corporate Education System Wants to Destroy Public Schools

The Crisis in Education Is That the Super Wealthy Corporate Education System Wants to Destroy Public Schools
By Diane Ravitch
Posted April 8, 2016

wealthy want to own schoolsIt has become conventional wisdom that “education is in crisis.” I have been asked about this question by many interviewers. They say something like: “Do you think American education is in crisis? What is the cause of the crisis?” And I answer, “Yes, there is a crisis, but it is not the one you have read about. The crisis in education today is an existential threat to the survival of public education. The threat comes from those who unfairly blame the school for social conditions, and then create a false narrative of failure. The real threat is privatization and the loss of a fundamental democratic institution.”

As we have seen again and again, the corporate education industry is eager to break into U.S. public education and turn it into a free marketplace, where they can monetize the schools and be assured of government subsidization. On the whole, these privatized institutions do not produce higher test scores than regular public schools, except for those that cherry-pick their students and exclude the neediest and lowest performing students. More…

One man in Tennessee isn’t waiting for his corrupted officials—he built his own broadband network

One man in Tennessee isn’t waiting for his corrupted officials—he built his own broadband network
By Walter Einenkel
Posted April 6, 2016

broadband without big mediaJohn “Thunder” Thornton is a Chattanooga developer who needed broadband, high-speed internet access to his residential development in the Jasper Mountain area of Marion County. Chattanooga, Tennessee, had some great success bringing the fastest internet to its municipality by created its own broadband service.

They were subsequently sued by Comcast because Comcast is a monopoly and not unlike this guy, feels that squeezing out resources is best done for a profit and with no regard towards the betterment of humanity. They lost all of their lawsuits because all of their lawsuits were lies based in bigger lies, on top of a corporate lawyer sitting on Pinocchio’s nose.

Unfortunately, Comcast isn’t the only telecom with monopoly greeds needs and so AT&T launched their corporate hyena squad—and threw around some big money—at and into Chattanooga. Their claims also used the airtight logic of a madman living inside of a Terry Gilliam film. All of this leads us back to land developer John “Thunder” Thornton: More…

Flint’s decline, Grand Rapids’ success predicted in 70-year-old study

Flint’s decline, Grand Rapids’ success predicted in 70-year-old study
By Jim Harger
Posted April 5, 2016

Flint dependence on large employers was its downfallIn 1946, sociologist C. Wright Mills and economist Melville Ulmer concluded the fortunes of two of Michigan’s largest cities, Flint and Grand Rapids, were headed in opposite directions. Seventy years later, their predictions are getting new notice from academics.

The researchers warned Flint was overly dependent on its big employers even though its workers made 37 percent more than the national average at the time. The warning seemed out of place. By 1950, Flint was labeled “the happiest city in Michigan” and the “epicenter of the American Dream,” thanks to its thriving auto industry. More…

Buying Local Is the Key to Strong Regional Economies

Buying Local Is the Key to Strong Regional Economies
By Susan Witt
Posted April 1, 2016

local businessIn the leaky bucket analogy for local economies, money flows into a region to circulate through local businesses like water into a bucket. Water that leaks out is money that escapes the local economy to pay for imports. The more watertight the bucket, the more wealth retained.

Spurred by a growing appreciation for local food, citizens, businesses, non-profits, and governmental organizations have begun to work together to build regional food systems. But what else might be sourced locally? What can citizens do to thwart the leaky bucket syndrome of their own local economies? More…

What Wall Street Cost Denver’s Schools

What Wall Street Cost Denver’s Schools
by Matt Stannard
Posted March 30, 2016

Wall Street costs Denver schoolsColorado’s diverse economy, recently given a boost by revenue from legal marijuana distribution, is generally in good shape. But as of early 2016. Denver Public Schools, the largest school district in the state, was hobbling economically, cutting as many as 170 faculty and staff positions.

Wall Street had devastated DPS by collecting hundreds of millions of dollars in termination fees on swap deals—as much as $215.6 million “unwind” interest rate swaps the district had hoped would cut pension costs back in 2008. That figure was equivalent to two-thirds of the district’s annual teaching expenses. More…

Fresh Water Supply – The Greatest Climate Change Issue

Fresh Water Supply – The Greatest Climate Change Issue
By Richard Mills
Posted March 28, 2016

water resources depletingWater is a commodity whose scarcity will have a profound effect on the world within the next decade – water scarcity makes the reevaluation of our values mandatory. We will have to drastically change the way in which we view our freshwater as a resource.

The greatest issue facing us in the 21st century is how we will use and share the planets less than half a per cent of usable freshwater. Climate change is causing the Earth to warm, precipitation is shifting from the mid-latitudes to the low and high latitudes – wet areas are becoming wetter and dry areas drier. Less rainfall in the mid-latitudes means less new water to refill the aquifers that are being depleted the fastest. More…

Building a Local Peace Economy: We Have the Power

Building a Local Peace Economy: We Have the Power
By Judy Wicks
Posted March 21, 2016

building a peace economyMost economic transactions we make in our daily lives ultimately contribute toward building a peace economy or a war economy, a world of compassion and well being, or a world of indifference and violence. Have you ever imagined that we consumers have such power? Likely not.

Materialism teaches us simply to spend without thinking. But there are consequences to our everyday economic decisions that cumulatively build an economic system that has tremendous impact on other people, and our entire planet.

Materialism and militarism are closely related. Along with racism they form the giant triple evils that Dr. King called upon us to defeat. Each of the three leads us toward cruelty and war, and each depends on a complacent citizenry. By becoming informed about the impact of our decisions and learning to use our economic power mindfully we have the ability to co-create an economy that works for all and bring into being the world we want to live in—one that is healthy, just and peaceful. More…

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