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The Super Bowl Promotes War

By David Swanson | Originally Published at Let's Try Democracy. February 7, 2016 Super Bowl 50 will be the first National Football League championship to happen since it was reported that much of the pro-military hoopla at football games, the honoring of troops and glorifying of wars [...]

Why Every Student Will NOT Succeed With the New Education Law

By Kevin Kumashiro | Originally Published at The Progressive. December 14, 2015 | Photographic Credit; Classroom education Photo by woodleywonderworks Last week, after a seven-year delay, Congress overwhelmingly voted, and the president signed, to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, dubbed No Child Left Behind in [...]

We’ve Turned Our Back on a Proven Method to Curtail Gun Violence

Despite proven success, Project Ceasefire, first trialled in 1996, has been continually cut back, even as gun homicides keep rising By Bobby Constantino | Originally Published at The Guardian and Observer. Monday 14 December 2015 06.30 EST Last modified on Tuesday 15 December 2015 11.28 EST [...]

Go Ahead, Pass Every Student Succeeds Act, But Don’t Celebrate It

By Jeff Bryant | Originally Published at Education Opportunity Network. December 2, 2015 3:35 PM | In the era of "School Choice" do we ever wonder what might have been if Thomas Jefferson had been successful in placing open-enrollment, free public education in the United States Constitution? [...]

Our Prisons in Black and White

After swelling for decades, the number of Americans in prison is finally, gradually beginning to shrink. For the first time since 1978, populations in both state and federal prisons are getting smaller, the result of an overall decline in crime, an easing of the War [...]

A Short History of Cops Terrorizing Students

By Alex S. Vitale | Originally Published at The Nation. October 28, 2015 | Photographic Credit; WHNT. The mainstream media are abuzz with possible justifications for the videotaped brutalization of a South Carolina high-school student by a sheriff’s deputy assigned to the school. CNN analyst and former [...]

Are Some Kids Really Smarter Just Because They Know More Words?

By Molly McManus, University of Texas at Austin | Originally Published at The Conversation. October 12, 2015 3.43am EDT Photographic Credit; Why is there so much attention being paid to ‘word gap’? Jeff Moore, CC BY-NC-ND Why do rich kids end up doing better than poor kids [...]

The Piercing Cry of Child Poverty in Economically Rich but Spiritually Poor America

Pope Francis speaks out faithfully and forcefully against poverty and has been called “the pope of the poor.” But on his first visit to the United States there was demoralizing news about poverty, especially child poverty, in our nation—the world’s largest [...]