#Me Too in India

An India Travelogue, Part 6 by Lawrence Bush Click for Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.   WE HAD A DAY of recovery and catch-up yesterday, after Susan had taught a four-hour workshop the day before at a monumentally huge school called Step by Step. Her cohort consisted of some thirty teachers, all women, drawn from thirty different schools, including numerous […]

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Unionized Public Schools Do a Better Job

BUT POVERTY TRUMPS TEACHERS EVERYWHERE by Marc Jampole from the Autumn 2017 issue of Jewish Currents   IN DEFINING what constitutes a leftist perspective on education, let’s rely on a number of foundational principles that have defined the American left for more than 150 years: The left favors unions; the left believes in public education; the […]

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Embracing Technology

AUTOMATION AND A POST-SCARCITY SOCIETY by Ezra Jampole From the Spring 2017 issue of Jewish Currents   The fear of losing one’s job permeates the minds of many Americans, and resulted in the election of the most terrifying threat to democracy the nation has seen. While Republicans unfairly blame immigrants for the destruction of jobs […]

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March 3: Surfing for Peace

Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, a Stanford-trained physician who gave up medicine to become a full-time surfer and spent twenty-five years living in camper vans with his wife and as many as nine children, was born in Galveston, Texas on this date in 1921. Paskowitz became a doctor in 1946, served in the Navy, then quit his […]

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OpEdge: Public Schools On Top

by Marc Jampole I’M NOT SURE if it was the author or the headline writer, but someone in the New York Times produced a headline that certainly constitutes false news: “Dismal Results from Vouchers Surprise Researchers.” What surprise? Researchers who have been paying attention already know that public policy driving families to put their children […]

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Janusz Korczak’s Child-Centered Philosophy

THE WARSAW GHETTO MARTYR WAS A RENOWNED EDUCATOR by Joel Shatzky From the Autumn 2016 issue of Jewish Currents JANUSZ KORCZAK (pen-name of Henryk Goldszmit, July 22, 1878-August 7, 1942) is remembered primarily as a martyr of the Holocaust who accompanied the Jewish children of his Dom Sierot Orphanage in Warsaw to the Treblinka death […]

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OpEdge: Hillary vs. Trump, Issue by Issue

by Marc Jampole AMERICANS in the 21st century judge their presidential candidates on many parameters: issues, party, character, demeanor (presidentialness, if I may coin a phrase), trustworthiness, and experience. Often how the candidates say what they’ll do is as important as what they say they’ll do. Let’s set aside all other aspects of the voting […]

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OpEdge: The American Contradiction

Democracy Needs Informed Citizens; Consumerism Needs Self-Centered Dolts by Marc Jampole THAT A FAILED real-estate developer turned reality TV star and brand marketer could win enough votes in Republican primaries to become the presumptive GOP nominee confirms the essential contradiction of a consumerist capitalist society organized as a representative democracy. Democracy requires well-informed, well-read, well-adjusted […]

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