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Remember Texas Education

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Long ago, coal miners learned to take a canary with them into the dark.  Digging for coal released methane, a silent killer.  The small canaries suffered the negative effects of the gas much faster than the miners.  Seeing the dead canary prompted the miners to survive a near certain death.  If you value public education […]

A Tale of Two Amendments

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

How often have you heard people say, “We respect our teachers”?  When the Teacher of the Year from Vermillion Parish Louisiana spoke her mind, however, we saw with our own eyes how meaningless this statement has become.  On January 8th Deyshia Hargrave stood up to exercise her First Amendment rights during a School Board Meeting.  […]

Great Event With Beto O’Rourke

Friday, August 18th, 2017

  From the Herald Democrat article “Democracy is participatory,” Melancon said. “We need people to participate and get involved because it is your country. It is for all of us. An assault has been launched on our freedom, our way of life. They launched an assault on our democracy.” O’Rourke’s speech centered mainly upon four […]

Not My President?

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

No, I do not use that phrase.  I do understand why some might.  Donald has done nothing to reach out beyond his own supporters.  Instead he does the opposite, going out of his way to sow the seeds of discord throughout our society.  His lying words about Mexicans and Muslims make my stomach turn.  His […]

Humanism

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Conservative politicians and pundits understand that they cannot succeed unless they create an “other” separate from humanity. “Mexican rapist.” “Muslim extremist.” “Thug” “Welfare Queen” “Drug Addict” Hence, conservative politicians and pundits target the Humanities at universities with vicious attacks that de-legitimize these fields of study. Renaissance humanism opened the door to the Modern World. We […]

Pet Peeve

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

This is really a pet peeve of mine. Often family, friends and strangers get upset with me for telling them the truth. Often they will say, “I never learned that.” Why blame ME and the TRUTH for your poor education? You live in the Information Age. Educate yourself. I try my best to be patient. […]

The Great Insulters

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

I am less concerned with the lazy borrowing than the message. Trump Jr. Just said that public school teachers are just like workers in a communist coutry. They don’t care about the quality of their product. They only care about a paycheck. The Trumps don’t just insult immigrants. They insult teachers. They insult women and […]

Oklahoma Conservatives Kill Jobs and the Middle Class

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Killing jobs. Killing a state. Is it any wonder, young people have to leave the state to find a decent job? Public services are essential for a middle class to survive. The budget agreement announced today by legislative leaders and the Governor proposes a total of $6.778 billion in state appropriated dollars for FY 2017. […]

Who are the real conservatives?

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Ironic No? The government by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna “has failed to establish any public system of education, although possessed of almost boundless resources, (the public domain,) and although it is an axiom in political science, that unless a people are educated and enlightened, it is idle to expect the continuance of civil […]

America is exceptional.

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

America is exceptional.  It was the first nation founded on science, separating church and state and social contract theory.  These ideals, while not actualized at first, allowed Americans to mature and grow.  These ideals provided a pathway to building Modern America with its large middle class and diverse population living in peace. Today’s conservatives fear […]

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