I Triggered Bill Maher By Writing About Standardized Testing and White Supremacy 

I Triggered Bill Maher By Writing About Standardized Testing and White Supremacy 

It appears that Bill Maher may have looked in a mirror and didn’t like what he saw, that he might be a racist.


Bill Maher is mad at me.

And I’ve never even met the man.  

I guess you could say we’re from different worlds.

He’s on the West Coast. I’m on the East.

He’s a political comedian. I’m a public school teacher.

He’s a multimillionaire. I can barely make ends meet.

What could I possibly do to provoke the ire of this man so much so that he took aim at me on his HBO TV show?

As near as I can tell, it started when I wrote a blog.

Then people read that blog.

It got popular and was republished throughout the Internet.

And Maher disagrees with what I wrote.

In fact, the very idea annoyed him as a prime example of namby-pamby liberals taking their agenda too far.

What did I write in the article?

Only that standardized testing is a tool of white supremacy.

In fact…

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Posted by on November 3, 2021 in Uncategorized


My View of the Libertarian Attack on Public Schools

We the People should fear and fight libertarianism and its faction in the Catholic Church that wants to get rid of America’s public schools so they are in control of what our children will learn.

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The WSJ article by law professor Philip Hamburger asserting that public schools are unconstitutional relies on dubious assertions about the history of public schools. As a historian of education who has written about these issues, I disagree with his analysis.

Hamburger’s central critique of the public schools is that they were created by nativists out of fear of Catholicism and their central purpose was to homogenize all children and mold them into Protestants. He repeatedly asserts that the very idea of the public school was shaped by hostility to Catholics.

The earliest public schools, called “common schools,” were organized in the early 19th-century in small towns and villages by families who wanted their children to gain literacy and numeracy. The parents and communities who established common schools were not thinking about stamping out Catholicism. Families wanted their children to be able to read the Bible, and many wanted their sons…

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Posted by on October 26, 2021 in Uncategorized


Texas: Insanity Erupts at School Board Meetings Over Critical Race Theory

More evidence of the Chief Traitor dropped dead today, that madness is not going away.

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Under the combined influence of Donald Trump and Governor Gregg Abbott, a considerable number of Texas parents have become convinced that their public schools have become hotbeds of Marxism and malignant “critical race theory.” Any discussion of racism is interpreted to mean CRT. Opponents of CRT oppose any recognition of racism in the past or present. This story in The Texas Monthly documents the mass hysteria now sweeping the Republican Party.

It describes a meeting in one of the state’s most successful schools: high test scores, high graduation rates, high college acceptance rates, award-wining teams. Yet the parents are furious because the school hired a diversity consultant from Trachers College, Columbia University!

About 99 percent of the 2021 senior class at Westlake High School was accepted to college, superintendent Tom Leonard tells the audience at the June 22 meeting of Eanes’s board, recapping another year of high achievement. The robotics…

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Posted by on October 19, 2021 in Uncategorized


Burris and Rees Debate For-Profit Charter Schools

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Carol Burris, executive director of the Network for Public Education, debated Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, about whether for-profit charter schools should receive federal funds.

Here is Burris’s opposition to the proposition: Burris was the main author of the NPE report, Chartered for Profit: The Hidden World of Charter Schools Operated for Financial Gain.

And here is Rees’ support for federal funding of for-profit charter schools. Rees was education advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney during the first Bush administration, worked for the Heritage Foundation, and for Michael Milken’s Knowledge Universe.

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Posted by on October 10, 2021 in Uncategorized


International Case Studies: Public Education Works!

A study produced by 12 organizations working cooperatively proves/shows that well-organized public education systems are possible and working everywhere, with political will and the use of the locally relevant practice. There is no need to allow publicly funded, private sector, secretive and often corrupt and abusive (children and teachers) charter schools to complete in the U.S. with public schools for public money.

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A new international organization has released five case studies of low- and middle-income nations, demonstrating that PUBLIC EDUCATION WORKS.

I received this mailing:

We are delighted to launch a new important piece of research on public education, titled Public education works: lessons from five case-studies in low- and middle- income countries”. The study shows that well-organised public education systems are possible and working everywhere, with political will and use of locally relevant practices.

It showcases positive examples of public education in different contexts and settings. The cases – from Bolivia to Namibia, including Vietnam – challenge the disseminated idea that public education needs privatisation for quality and point to a rights-aligned and socially committed definition of quality – including the aim for social inclusion and equity, the engagement of community and local actors, valuing teachers and respecting local culture. It concludes thatpublic education must be the…

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Posted by on October 5, 2021 in Uncategorized


D.C.: Time for Fundamental Changes in Charter Sector

what makes publicly funded, private sector charter schools different than traditional public schools? Read this Reblogged post to discover an answer that should shock everyone but malignant narcissists, psychopaths, and sociopaths.

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Valerie Strauss posted an important essay on her blog “The Answer Sheet” by Steve Bumbaugh, a former member of the D.C. Public Charter School Board from 2015 until early this year. Bumbaugh graduated from Yale University and Stanford School of Business. His parents were ministers.

He writes:

Let’s travel back to September 2017. I was in Southeast Washington, D.C., scheduled to tour a school in an hour. I remember visiting 25 years ago when it was part of the D.C. public school system. That school was closed in 2009 — one of dozens closed in the last 15 years — and now several charter schools occupy the campus.

At the time of this visit, I was a member of board of the D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB), having started my tenure in 2015 and serving until early this year. In that capacity, I visited dozens of D.C.-based charter schools…

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Posted by on September 30, 2021 in Uncategorized


Bruce Baker: What Does Research Say about Differences Between Spending of Charter Schools vs. Public Schools?

More evidence that what the Charter School industry claims IS misleading, based on lies, and false facts.

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Bruce Baker of Rutgers University is one of the nation’s foremost experts on school funding and spending. He reports here on the differences between charter schools and public schools. Back in the late 1980s, when the charter idea was first promoted, it’s advocates claimed that charters would be more accountable, would produce higher test scores, and would cost less. We now know—30 years later—that none of these promises were realized.

Baker writes:

Many of us are frequently bombarded with claims that district schools have a huge revenue and spending advantage over charter schools, and those claims are almost always cited to the same series of junk comparisons produced by the University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform. The authors of those reports would have everyone else believe that no other research has even been produced on the topic. Time and time again, the same authors have engaged in a…

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Posted by on September 4, 2021 in Uncategorized


California: The Gripping Story of One School Bus Trying to Escape the Paradise Fire

While I was reading this excerpt with tears in my eyes, I couldn’t help but think what most of the greedy charter school CEOs would have done. You know, like CEO Eva Moskowitz.

I think most of them would hire a helicopter to come get them and fly out leaving the teachers and children behind.

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I read this excerpt from a new book, published in the Washington Post, and was mesmerized by the account. The book’s author is Lizzie Johnson, a Post reporter. I hope the Post will forgive me for reprinting it. I promise to delete the post if they object. Read it while you can and buy the book to make amends for reading this preview. Subscribe to the Washington Post so you can see the pictures that the two teachers took from inside the bus. The story is moving not only because of the bravery of the bus driver and the teachers and children, but because of the generosity they encountered along the way.

This story is adapted from “Paradise: One Town’s Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire,” which was published this week by Penguin Random House.

The flames were just a mile from Ponderosa Elementary School when Kevin McKay…

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Posted by on August 29, 2021 in Uncategorized


Courtney Martin: Lessons in Choosing a School and the Stealth Racism of White Liberals

If you’re white, you may not know you are a closet racist. The only way to escape from that closet is to learn how to tell the difference.

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The writer Anand Giridharadas writes a blog called The.Ink. In a recent post, he interviewed author Courtney Martin about her decision to send her child to the neighborhood public school, which was majority black and brown. Anand wrote a book that is very relevant to readers of this blog: Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World.
In it, he argues that the global elite engage in great acts of philanthropy that do little to help the great masses of people but preserves the status quo in which they are the winners.

This is Anand’s introduction to his interview with Martin about her new book:

A few years ago, like millions of parents, Courtney Martin had to decide where to send her child to school. Because she is an acute and thoughtful journalist and social chronicler, she understood what a complicated and fraught and historically loaded decision that…

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Posted by on August 8, 2021 in Uncategorized


Celebrities Fund Public Schools, Not Charter Schools

While greedy, power-hungry billionaires continue to support the growth of the private sector, publicly funded Charter Schools that often fail and end up closing their doors, some celebrities are supporting OUR public schools in innovative ways.

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We have seen for many years that celebrities and billionaires love charter schools, though it is not apparent why since they are typically no better–and often much worse–than district public schools.

But there are a few signs of change.

The legendary singer Tony Bennett created the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts as part of the New York City school system. He and his wife Susan Crow Benedetto have established arts partnerships in nearly 40 more public schools, located in New York City and Los Angeles. They created an organization called “Exploring the Arts,” which promotes the arts in public schools and encourages youngsters to develop their creative talents. They began their mission in 1999, and it continues to grow.

In Los Angeles, two well-known figures in the entertainment industry asked Superintendent Austin Beutner if they could sponsor a public high school modeled on a successful program that they had…

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Posted by on July 7, 2021 in Uncategorized