Chomsky on the U.S. public education system
I’d hate to be a kid in the public education system today. Especially if you’re from a low income area. The privatization of education is having a corrosive effect on students today. The obsession on standardized testing and charter schools must be stopped and here’s why.
Here’s Noam Chomsky’s take on our education system.
Chomsky: Well, you may know better than I do. I see the schools only from…
Friday is wear red for Karen Lewis day
Recently it was announced that AFT – Chicago Teachers Union, Local 1 President Karen Lewis was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. Yesterday decided not to run against Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in that city’s Democratic primary.
There’s no question that Lewis faces an uphill battle but there are many who want to show their solidarity and support her personal struggle.
Today the CTU sent out…
The DC City Council is About to Let Uber Kill the Taxicab Industry
The District of Columbia’s Taxi Commission did something odd when they drafted bill 20-753. They basically ignored the recommendations of a panel that they created to research “ridesharing” companies in the District.
This is what the DCTC’s panel on ridesharing had to say:
DCTC released its required report in late-January 2014. The DCTC panel that studied the
Conservatism is individualism and that goes against human nature
In the vein of Robert Putnam’s seminal work Bowling Alone is an article in Alternet that talks about the Information Age really being the Age of Loneliness for many around the globe.
The best excerpt from the essay for me is this:
Yes, factories have closed, people travel by car instead of buses, use YouTube rather than the cinema. But these shifts alone fail to explain the speed of our social…
Nationals Nurses United says nurses not trained for Ebola
Nationals Nurses United has come out with a statement saying that hospitals are not training or protecting nurses well enough to deal with the Ebola issue.
Eighty percent of nurses say their hospitals haven’t communicated any policy for handling potential Ebola admissions, according to the nation’s largest nurses’ union, National Nurses United.
“Respondents to the survey from all across the…
Hormel’s anti-unionism gets worse
Hormel’s anti-unionism took a turn for the worse when they fired a union steward in Wisconsin recently.
This is what Hormel decided to fire Jen Pulaski over:
Earlier this year, Jen was disciplined for testifying at an arbitration hearing, disciplined again for attending a union meeting, and disciplined yet again when she supported legal action to ensure workers were properly paid for time spent…
The English people need to save the National Health Service
Britain’s National Health Service to many is a sacred cow. It is comparable to how Canadians view their health care system or Americans view Social Security Insurance. Created on the heels of the most destructive world war known to mankind, the National Health Service was given life by a Labour government following the recommendations of economist William Beveridge. At its inception the NHS was…
In war, everything goes. Conservatives are the enemy. I have no problem with this ad.
Teamsters fight for environmental justice in Missouri
The Teamsters are taking up the cause of the environment when it comes to a landfill in Bridgeton, Missouri owned by the corporation Republic Service.
As the site People’s World reported:
“Republic has legal, moral and financial responsibility to keep workers and communities safe from its toxic landfills,” said Chuck Stiles, assistant director of the Teamsters Solid Waste, Recycling and Related…