Capital is dead labour, that, vampire-like, only lives by sucking living labour, and lives the more, the more labour it sucks. The time during which the labourer works, is the time during which the capitalist consumes the labour-power he has purchased of him. Karl Marx, Capital David Blacker has a piece at monthlyreview.org with the […]
Author Archives: Tony Whitson
Michael Moore answers question on “American exceptionalism”; gives his version of the Pledge of Allegiance. “American exceptionalism” has been a hot-button focus of contention in recent curriculum controversies, and features in several posts here on Curricublog. This past Sunday (October 2, 2011), Michael Moore was featured on the interview and call-in show IN DEPTH on C-Span’s BookTV. […]
Seems like a more Freirean approach could be more effective; also seems like that won’t happen there.
Thinking along the lines of “banking education” is still common in public discourse, as we hear in this answer from Donna Shalala.
Jamey’s “It get’s better” video.
In a press release, Texas Citizens for Science reports: The recent adoption of new supplemental science instructional materials by the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) was largely a victory for science. Although the biology curriculum standards were unfortunately damaged in 2009 by a politically radicalized majority of SBOE members who inserted four new standards […]
Under Construction I don’t have time to write this post right now — hopefully I’ll get to it before too long. But I did want to post these paragraphs now while people are looking for this. These relate to a story on Al Sharpton’s show on MSNBC tonight (Aug 24, 2011) on Rick Perry and David […]
On the newest leading Republican Party candidate for U.S. President, from the Chronicle of Higher Education: … Perry has promoted a conservative ideology in a higher-education policy agenda that emphasizes transparency and accountability and treats colleges like businesses whose customers are students. His associates have been hired for key leadership and advisory positions in the University […]
The image from the Newsweek article in the post right below this one reminded me of the image of the student pictured here (at left). Click on the photo here to see the article on parental demands for odor-based curriculum. I think that article is actually very relevant to a point I’d like to raise […]
There’s a piece in Newsweek currently on findings concerning cognitive benefits of bilingualism. (Click the image at left for the article on thedailybeast.com. Yes, I know the Arabic is backwards. It should be right-to-left — مرحبا , I think .) The article reports that According to several different studies, command of two or more languages bolsters […]
The Hamilton Project of the Brookings Institution has released an important new report on Innovation — how innovation happens, and its consequences for society. The Report includes documentation and discussion of the following findings (For more information, click on each of the facts below or download the full policy memo (PDF) »): Innovation drives economic growth […]
What can we understand from this stunning performance by Jared Polis (D-CO) in the debate on the House floor (July 28, 2011)?: 2½ minutes were yielded to Polis so he could present prepared remarks, equiped with a neatly-printed three-color chart showing yields and interest rates paid by countries rated AAA vs. AA. The bottom line […]
Documentation for IJSE article: “Howard Zinn and the Struggle for Real History in the United States”
The items on this page are posted as documentation for an article that will appear later this year in the International Journal of Social Education. The complete bibliographic citation for that article will be added here when it becomes available.
Earlier today people were apparently doing searches for my diagram of the classic definition of “curriculum” derived from Bobbitt. Their searches were taking them to https://curricublog.wordpress.com/2007/01/25/conceptions-of-curriculum/ , where they did not find what they were looking for. That post does, however, include a link to the page where the diagram is linked from a smaller […]
On his MSNBC Hardball program last week, Chris Matthews was calling Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) a “balloon head” — somebody who speaks freely without knowing anything, about U.S. history, in particular, and somebody who need to go back to school to learn something about history, so that she might finally know something about the things she likes […]
via Alternet: Is American Higher Ed Screwed? Conservatives Try to Privatize College As Tuition Soars By Daniel Denvir, AlterNet Posted on January 22, 2011, Printed on January 24, 2011 http://www.alternet.org/story/149583/ As in most corners of American life, crisis is the new normal in academia. Investment returns to university endowments have plummeted, state aid is being […]
True or false: New research shows that for older people, a faster gait leads to a longer life. Answer: False — despite news coverage to the contrary (apparently). Since this is a blog about curriculum-related matters, I want to start by explaining why this post is even here. Then I will review the story about […]