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Loyalty oaths

According to thermodynamics, energy cannot be changed or destroyed. It changes states. Does this law of nature apply also to the loyalty oaths required of teachers?  Periods elapse when …

Teflon principals

Let sleeping dogs lie. Unless they're rabid and replicating. This applies to rogue school principals too. The Department of Education has a rock collection. Hiding under each specimen is a …

The Charter School Propaganda War

There's no rest for the insufferable. They don't take holidays. It's midway through the summer, but there's no time off for those who see it as their sacred mission to profane our public …

Don't compare apples and oranges. That's what people say who don't want you to notice that their fruit grove is planted in enriched fertile soil that gives them an advantage in life. Fruit envy. …

A Republican prosecutor I can support

Every now and then, I have to step back and realize that not all DAs are created equal.  I also have to recognize that political reality is such that my point of view and that of the left …

It's early June, 1944. D-Day is about to be launched on the beaches of Normandy. The liberation of Europe would be the prize. General Dwight Eisenhower is in charge. He bears a heavy weight upon his …

Eulogy for a just society: 1932-2022

For a historically brief period brought about to some degree by the worst economic depression in U.S. history, there was a burst of progress in the economic and social life of the American …

A summertime syllabus

Hey, it's summer!  Tell the students in your life not to sweat the small stuff, such as saving the planet.Put the dysfunctions of the school system on the back burner of your consciousness.

We are close to having the nation take a significant backward step.

Teacher Burnout: Who Put Out the Fire?

What does "teacher burnout" have in common with music?Every musical composition ever written in all genres and styles according to Western musical theory is made up of a unique configuration of just …

For kids’ sake, prop up the schools budget

As things stand, we're in for a big fall. Mayor Adams and the City Council have opted to let the schools budget hemorrhage. They will claim that letting the schools bleed out is an act of fiscal …

Forget democracy, we aren’t even a republic

Under what theory or practice is the United States a “republic” under the definition of the term? 

Homeschooling and the politics of education

We've all heard the phrase "elephant in the room" to describe a significant obstacle or problem in plain sight that people choose to pretend they don't see because for one reason or other they're not …

Gone missing: Democracy

This country is certainly “exceptional.” Particularly given the number of mass shootings, which of late appear to be happening at a rate of one a day.   Take a look at the modern …

The state needs a Covid presumptive pension law

New York’s essential workers are in dire need of a Covid presumptive law to help secure disability pension protections they are being denied. When Covid first struck, and most New Yorkers …

For cops, and for us, qualified immunity is essential

"The next time a cop knocks on your window … tell him who your lawyer is!" That's ballsy advice for someone who may be suspected of driving while intoxicated. No doubt any cop so addressed will …

New York City must reinvent its economy

New York City is in recovery mode. After being the epicenter of a devastating global health pandemic, we have been left to reckon with the fact that we have to reinvent our economy and start on a …

Rowling: provocative, yes, but a global treasure too

J.K. Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter masterpieces and the Fantastic Beats films, has become a controversial and divisive figure. She will be excluded from an HBO retrospective on the Potter …

With regression comes responsibility: Step up, men!

As we all prepare to go back in time to a period when more than half the American population can no longer count on a guarantee of reproductive health as a federal guarantee, it’s past time to tell …

Teachers' union message could have Meta effect

May 25th will be D-Day. Not in the sense of the 1944 invasion that led to the Liberation, but a historic day of reckoning nonetheless.  That's when the shareholders of Meta (formerly …

At Grinnell, students’ union victory continues

The Amazon Labor Union’s losing effort to unionize the company’s LDJ5 warehouse in Staten Island, just weeks after their amazing victory at the JFK8 facility, was unwelcome news.  But …

In Buffalo, there were many accomplices

The recent shooting of 13 innocent victims in Buffalo demands reflection and reaction, cries out for mourning, and a search for meaning.  Although the racist motive seems abundantly clear, …

Delta dawn, or pie in the sky?

Here are some cost-savings measures that efficiency experts, given their respect for workers, might as well have recommended to management for their wish lists: Don't pay firefighters except for time …

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely heard about the leak from the Supreme Court of a “draft” opinion from Justice Samuel Alito that may come out in late June overturning Roe …

A summer snowed in

“Now you see it, now you don't!" That sleight-of-hand routine has been a staple at children's parties for even longer than the Department of Education has been a nest of false promises. Their latest …

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