We celebrate the alliance of the Internet with the awareness that for too many years people elected to publicly-funded positions have promoted policies that do not serve the public interest. We challenge those who believe they can continue to violate the public trust to stop and listen to the buzz of millions of people visiting websites, emailing each other, blogging and chatting online about what is going on behind closed doors. We promise to hold you responsible for your actions.
We call this process "e-accountability".
Current Events | Posted 10/12/2017 at 5:12 PM
By the third grade I had progressed from being one of “those kids” to being the “special ed.” kid. I was found to have multiple language-based learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder. When the educational psychologist broke the news to my mom and me, it was as if someone had died. Tissues on the table. Hushed tones. Mirrors covered. Sat shiva for the death of my normality. The tragedy of my problem wasn’t lost on me, even at 8 years old. People thought something was wrong with me, and I knew it.
Current Events | Posted 9/30/2017 at 11:00 AM
The trumpeting of a “STEM shortage crisis in America” is and always was a hoax. This same con is deforming public education. The new Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards were motivated respectively by Bill Gates (Microsoft) and Louis Gerstner (IBM). As a result they devalue humanities and glorify science and engineering based on this same fraudulent STEM claim. There must be a thousand charter schools that advertise themselves as STEM academies.
Current Events | Posted 9/13/2017 at 12:52 PM
Being a good student too often is mostly about being dutiful, compliant, and superficial. Another way to think about the inadequacy of high school is that it fails to help students overcome provincialism (rejecting provincialism is central to progressivism espoused by John Dewey and Lou LaBrant, and then critical pedagogy—all of which argued the foundational importance of literacy in that journey). Provincialism is sort of an uninformed arrogance—determining Truth and the World based on one’s experiences absent the evidence of history and thought or the variety of experiences beyond one’s immediate geography and tribe.
Current Events | Posted 9/2/2017 at 2:27 PM
Our children with disabilities deserve the same dreams and goals as their non-disabled peers, as all children have, and instead, under the Trump administration, they are experiencing a nightmare.
Current Events | Posted 9/2/2017 at 10:22 AM
One of the tech-savviest teachers in the United States teaches third grade here at Mapleton Elementary, a public school with about 100 students in the sparsely populated plains west of Fargo.
Her name is Kayla Delzer. Her third graders adore her. She teaches them to post daily on the class Twitter and Instagram accounts she set up. She remodeled her classroom based on Starbucks. And she uses apps like Seesaw a student portfolio platform where teachers and parents may view and comment on a child’s schoolwork....Ms. Delzer also has a second calling. She is a schoolteacher with her own brand, Top Dog Teaching
Current Events | Posted 8/29/2017 at 1:05 AM
Workplace harassment remains a persistent problem 30 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it violates federal civil rights laws, Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Chai Feldblum told participants in the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s first annual Women’s Leadership Conference. “The most conservative estimate is that one in four women experience sexual harassment in the workplace, but more likely the number is 40 percent, or 60 percent if you include disturbing language and crude comments,” she said.
Current Events | Posted 8/26/2017 at 11:33 AM
Most Americans won’t worry much about neo-Nazis losing access to the public forum we call the Internet. Their ideas are repugnant, and we did fight a war against their kind not that long ago. End of story?
Current Events | Posted 8/26/2017 at 11:01 AM
Alarm bells went off in April 2016 when computer security officials in the House reported “irregularities” in computer equipment purchasing. An internal investigation revealed the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars in government property, and evidence pointed to five IT staffers and the Democratic Congress members’ offices that employed them.
Current Events | Posted 8/15/2017 at 1:18 AM
Nearly 20 years ago, Ken Starr, former solicitor general and judge, asked me to evaluate whether a federal grand jury could indict a sitting president. Starr was then the independent counsel investigating Whitewater and other scandals associated with President Clinton. He turned to me because I was former assistant majority counsel, Senate Watergate Committee, and coauthor of a [warning, shameless self-promotion] widely cited on Constitutional Law (now six volumes long, in its 5th edition).
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 6/22/2017 at 1:15 PM
"Given the volatile political climate and its implications for trans rights, immigrant rights, gender issues, and civil liberties, it is essential to invest in the next generation of LGBTQ leaders," said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. "By helping them to access the higher education they need to succeed, we can assure LGBTQ students are poised to become the change makers we desperately need."