A place to hash out all opinions on education policy, charter schools, statewide testing, and what the political world is and isn't doing about it.
Why I'm Opting My Son Out of Standardized Testing (And You Can, Too)
My son recently revealed that it was difficult to observe his ninth Birthday. This past birthday is usually a joyful occasion. However, it was marred by nervousness about the ongoing, coordinated attacks on American ideals and democracy. To the delight of ex-President Trump, government officials from over 200 miles away made open comments about election malfeasance in the US Senate and House floors just as he was wrapping up online class. The news reports would show that the insurrectionists swept into the building, which is usually impassible like unrefrigerated butter through knives. While his parents tried to calm him down, they also questioned whether the insurrection at Capitol was just the beginning of a series of events that would continue until the inauguration of President Biden.
Bay of Pigs
When John F. Kennedy became President of the United States on January 20, 1961, he inherited every policy decision that Eisenhower had yet to carry out. (1) One of these was the planned invasion of Cuba to depose Fidel Castro and the 26th of July Movement. The Central Intelligence Agency had recruited and trained Cuban exiles to conduct the invasion. The operation became known as the Bay of Pigs Invasion after the point that the Cuban exiles made their landing. The planning of the invasion began with the 1959 defeat of Fulgencio Batista, the former president of Cuba. The CIA believed that the use of Cuban exiles would work because of their perceived success in the 1954 coup against President Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala. In the 1954 coup against Arbenz, the CIA had used disgruntled Guatemalan military officers and Agency provided air support to aid in the coup. In the Bay of Pigs, there would be no such saving graces. The air and artillery support the US promised was either canceled or so delayed that Castro's forces easily repelled the invading forces. Additionally, the CIA had no understanding of the environment in which they were operating. In Guatemala, there had been differing factions to exploit within Arbenz's government. In 1961 Cuba there were no such factions left on the island. This was due to any that had opposed the 26th of July Movement fleeing the island in the wake of losing their benefactor. This meant that the invaders had no support to meet them once they arrived. This led to the spectacular failure that is now associated with the Bay of Pigs. By 1961, the CIA had grown confident enough in its abilities to conduct such an operation. However, they operated with undeserved confidence, as they had not learned how to conduct such operations in hostile nations. It is by looking at the CIA's overconfidence in their ability to pull off the Bay of Pigs Invasion that we see how Fidel Castro and the Cuban government were able to assert their sovereignty, and become a regional power despite the lopsided odds stacked against them.
Education under Communism
Without the foundation of a good education in a traditional family environment, society will invariably weaken too much to survive
Israel Palestine Conflict: A Brief History
Towards the end of the eighteenth century, Jews endured surviving the atrocities in Europe. Anti-Semitism and persecution at the hands of Europeans led them to immigrate biblical promised the "Holy Land". This led to Zionism coupled with the Jewish thought of a return to Zion as part of their religion contributed a lot to the establishment of Israel. During the years Arab national movements were already on their way to revolt against the ottoman empire. The establishment of the Arab nation-state and the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be attributed, by and large, to the instability of European geopolitics and the role played by the British empire in middle east politics.
Brainwashing and the Liberal Arts
In my sophomore year of college, my Roman History professor posed the following question: According to the diplomatic approach of Polybius, were the Carthaginians justified in initiating the Second Punic War?
Naïve Realism Explains Why Politics Is So Polarized and Toxic
In 1954, researchers showed students from Dartmouth and Princeton a football match between their schools. They saw the same footage, yet they couldn’t agree on what they saw. Each side was more likely to notice the other team’s fouls and bad behavior and more likely to miss their own team’s. Both groups felt the referees favored the other team and were biased against theirs. Their perceptions of objective reality differed because they were on different teams and all were confident they were correct.
Discrimination by the US Government
ONLINE STUDENTS... Discriminated against by our US GOVERNMENT! For many years, Universities all across the Nation has tried to overcome discrimination in their institutions by promoting equality and to overcome the barriers to advancement in higher education for racialized people.
Why education is essential for a Nation?
An educated nation knows the difference between right and wrong. The awareness among the people is very essential to boost up the nation economy. The importance of education is very crucial for the development of nation. In developed countries the people are educated and knows their rights. They also have better society where laws are fully followed. An educated nation knows about the importance of democracy and the importance of voting. They also keep an eye on the people or party for which they are going to vote. They vote for the right and for the betterment of their nation.
What It's Like To Have Your Undergraduate Experience Defined by the Politics of the Time
Preface. I am straight, white, and male. My rights and value as a human being have not been under attack these past four years. However, as a young man in the arts, the rights of the people close to me, specifically women, people of color, and LGBTQA+ individuals have been. Not only that, but the elderly and the immunocompromised, many of whom are close friends of mine, are being treated as subhuman and expendable. No generation is without its share of conflicts, I admit. For my grandfather’s generation, it was the Nazis. For my father’s, trying to live peacefully under the constant threat of nuclear Armageddon. We, too, face our share of conflicts, and while in part that threat stems from Nazism (no one likes a rerun, but this time, they’re American, so that’s original), our generational conflict stems from a sudden awareness of the inequities within the system we were born into and the death throes of that system.
Questions Require Answers Before Schools Reopen
Educators, parents, students, legislatures, anybody concerned about the health of children desire to know if it is safe for schools to reopen. The answers vary according to location, size of school, grade level, and who is asked. There exist no absolute answers.
A Few Things I wish I would have Learned in School...
In today's socioeconomic climate, there are many things that I am learning as an adult that should have been taught to me from my first day of kindergarten. The alarming thing is that a lot of these things are still being taught to even my kids. The education system in the U.S. is tremendously flawed, especially in the subjects of science and history. With that, I'll begin.
From Professor to Precariously Unemployed:
I’m just one of millions of Americans currently still unemployed and depending on the federal and state government (New York in my case) to keep me afloat during this pandemic. I used to spend my days teaching English to immigrant and refugee students at a local community college and doing freelance ESL and volunteering immigration assistance on the side. On the weekends, I was a wine consultant at a local wine and liquor store. These days, I spend my time cringe-watching CNN, meticulously checking my bank account, creating worst-case-scenario budgets for the month ahead, job hunting, and drinking copious amounts of wine.