Blackwater in-law outlines

stealth plot

against public education

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Michelangelo famously said that he took a piece of marble, chipped away, and out came David. Apocryphal? I’m not sure, but it certainly makes the point all artists know: keep chipping away until the piece presents itself. One more bead on a dress can ruin it; one more line on a painting makes it crass; […]

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How Long Does It Take To Be a Teacher?

I’ve always loved to write. I wrote my first novel when I was 8. It was about the adventures of Sandy Satinsky and Nancy Levin and how they solved mysteries in Yeadon, Pa, their hometown. Nancy Drew was my model and I tried to be a writer like Carolyn Keene (wink wink: not her real […]

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The marvels of Facebook surprised me again last week. A former student–this time from 1968–’found’ me through my daughter’s work. Thanks, Liz ( Wendy reminded me of “Alice in Bookland,” the film we made when she was in the 4th grade. Her gracious message brought on a wonderland of memories. I followed my reverie to […]

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Why We All Need to Put Quotation Marks Around Education “Reform”

Are you listening, Malcom Gladwell? I think we’re at a tipping point in education “reform.” This weekend Gail Collins wrote about the obscene amount of money the 1% are making from education. Gail Collins does not suffer fools gladly, people. Recall the number of times she called our attention to the fateful trip Mitt Romney’s […]

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GoingPublic partners with Civilian Studios for Doc

          Diane Paragas and Amy Lawday of Civilian Studios have signed on to co-direct the Going Public feature length documentary! Diane just directed Brooklyn Boheme with Nelson George which was purchased by Showtime! Stay tuned…

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“First they came for the……and then they came for me, but there was nobody left.” Most of us can quote Pastor Martin Niemöller’s famous lines, at least some of them. At least the gist of it. Most of us give tacit voice to it’s message. We get it, so of course we’d like to think […]

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It Can’t Happen Here… Really?

Sinclair Lewis wrote the satirical political novel, It Can’t Happen Here, in 1935, when the United States and Western Europe had been in a depression for six years.  Lewis asks us to consider what could happen if some ambitious politician used the 1936 presidential election to make himself dictator by promising quick, easy solutions to […]

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What If Everyone Saw This Facebook Status?

“Remember when teachers, public employees, Planned Parenthod, NPR & PBS crashed the stock market…”

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