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Welcome to the Plutocracy: the 8 Richest People Have More Wealth than the Bottom Half

The headline and pictures in the NYTimes article tell you a lot about the world economic condition. Here’s the headline:

World’s 8 Richest Have as Much Wealth as Bottom Half, Oxfam Says… 163 more words

We CAN have Both Our Humanity and Technological Advancement

Today’s NYTimes features an op ed piece by Claire Cain Miller titled “A Darker Theme in Obama’s Farewell: Automation Can Divide Us”. In the essay, Ms. 355 more words

Martin Luther King Junior's Other Speech

On the annual holiday commemorating civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Junior, we often hear excerpts from his inspirational “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in August 1963. 1,231 more words

The world is not a zero-sum game, but it matters if you think it is

Question: A farmer in your neighbourhood has had an exceptionally productive 2016. He has managed to double wheat output, and his favourite cow – Daisy – was awarded first prize in the national competition. 832 more words

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Betsy Devos Can SAY She Supports Accountability for De-Regulated Charters... But Her ACTIONS Indicate Something Different

Atlantic writer Allie Gross did a comprehensive analysis of the laws Betsy DeVos cites as “proof” that she is all for accountability for deregulated for profit charters, but the crazy-quilt system she helped underwrite in MI shows otherwise. 406 more words

Atlantic Magazine: DeVos is NOT the Only Problematic Cabinet Nominee for Public Education

Yesterday Diane Ravitch wrote multiple posts opposing the nomination of Betsy DeVos. They included a lengthy and thoughtful missive from Randi Weingarten, a letter from 200 deans of education, and numerous blog posts— including one carefully researched analysis of the DeVos family’s devastating impact on MI public education. 367 more words

Debates About Governance and Privatization Are Beside the Point When AI is about to Displace Millions of Jobs

Diane Ravitch linked one of her blog posts to an Education Week article by Marc Tucker that discussed whether the US should follow the UK’s lead in re-instituting a model of schooling that sorts and selects based on aptitude as measured by standardized tests. 818 more words