France to Tax the Super-Rich at 75 Percent!

Dear Commons Community, Hoping to avoid the social unrest that has occurred in Spain and Greece, France will implement a series of new tax policies to increase its revenues.  As reported by the Reuters News Service: “Socialist President Francois Hollande unveiled higher levies on business and a 75-percent tax for the super-rich on Friday in […]

Irving Adler Dies: New York City School Teacher – Victim of 1950s’ Red Scare!

Dear Commons Community, My colleague, Steve Brier, sent along the news that Irving Adler, a former New York City teacher who became a prolific writer of books on math and science for young people after being forced from the classroom during the Red Scare of the early 1950s, died on Saturday in Bennington, Vt. He was […]

The College Rankings Racket: Joe Nocera Comments!

Dear Commons Community, New York Times columnist, Joe Nocera, comments on the rankings phenomenon that grips high-schoolers and their parents every year as they try to decide to what colleges to apply.  He especially takes aim at the U.S. News and World Report that annually ranks Harvard, Princeton, M.I.T. in the top ten. “It’s not […]

The Biggest Problem in American Government: Party Politics!

Dear Commons Community, Mickey Edwards, who served in the House of Representatives from 1977 to 1993 from Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District, has an op-ed piece in today’s New York Times blasting the partisanship of the American political system.   As the author of The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans, […]

New York to Have the World’s Tallest Ferris Wheel on Staten Island!

Dear Commons Community, New York will build a new Ferris wheel on Staten Island joining a number of other major cities such as London and Singapore that have such attractions.   The New York Wheel will be the tallest  Ferris wheel  on the planet at 625-feet and cost $230 million. It will  grace a spot on […]

Educators Question What to do with MOOCs!

Dear Commons Community, The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that college faculty and administrators are questioning what to do with massive open online courses (MOOCs).  In the last several months, a number of universities have signed contracts with Coursera, a private company specializing in offering MOOCs.  However, as the Chronicle article states, the worth of […]

Connecticut Senate Candidate Linda McMahon: Let’s Sunset Social Security!

Dear Commons Community, The Huffington Post has a short piece on remarks made by Linda McMahon, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut. McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, has consistently dodged questions about cutting government entitlement programs in her two Senate runs. Speaking before a group of Tea Party supporters […]

Maureen Dowd: Republicans Have Outsourced their Brains to Right-wing Think Tanks!!

Dear Commons Community, Maureen Dowd calls out Mitt Romney for his lack of vision on foreign policy and depending upon the same neo-con advisors that destroyed George W. Bush’s presidency.   Here is a sample from her New York Times column: “Romney and Paul Ryan haven’t spent time thinking and speaking a lot about foreign policy. […]

Teachers’ Unions Supporting Republicans!

Dear Commons Community, The New York Times has an article today entitled, Seeking Allies, Teachers’ Unions Court G.O.P. Too, reporting that a number of teachers’ unions throughout the country are supporting local Republican candidates. for office. “Over the past few years, even as Republicans have led efforts to thwart unions, lawmakers previously considered solid supporters […]

Segregated Schools Persist and Increase: New National Report from the Civil Rights Project!

Dear Commons Community, Brian Jones, a student in the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education shared this information with colleagues yesterday.  Important concern after decades of desegregation decrees and judicial oversight. Tony ===================================================== Brian Jones Posting on the Introduction to Research in Urban Education Course Website. From the website: “In the latest of its widely-cited reports […]