Re: Logic and Care Be Damned
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I appreciate your search, but I am more than a tiny bit skeptical
about giving all the credit for our demise to a handful of union
prosituits or to a single institution. There are a couple of heavily
marked up books on my shelf that I would recommend to anyone on a
search for the source of these long shadows now cast across our corner
of civilization. Not definitive books by any stretch, but provocative
and suggestive in ways that leave an interesting taste long after they
have been consumed. The first, We Make the Road by Walking, makes the
clear case that the problem can't be located like a missing WMD,
something isolatable in time and space with clear dimension, but
rather in the fundamental structures that created and are created by
our political economy. In the system, itself, not in the individual
institution or individual hides of men and women. The blame rests in
the system within which we all participate. The other book that comes
to mind is by Morris Berman, who in the 1980s was writing beautifully
about energy, information, the noosphere, etc. His attention since
has been turned quite abruptly by the manifestations of what he views
as the likely return to a Dark Age, and thus the title, The Twilight
of American Culture. Neither book is technical, the first being a
conversation between Paulo Freire and Myles Horton, and the second I
would describe as a well-written angry meditation by a top-notch
intellectual bent upon not going gently into that good night. I
appreciate both, and I hope you will as well. Merry Christmas.
On Dec 14, 2010, at 7:42 PM, Drummond, Tom wrote:
Well, a couple of thousand posts to ARN have well established the
we have 99.44% agreement: the current dominant discourse on public
isn't about truth, validity, veracity, congruence, or shared values.
destruction of public education and the limitation of all means for
shared voice for common good' proceeds at a rapid pace, at an almost
accelerating pace, for some other reason than not being able to read.
I think that reason is the Fed: the Federal Reserve System.
I am working on learning about the chain of behind the scenes of the
external control of the USA by a group with ultimate wealth and
late at night created a private bank that is unconstitutional and
everyone, including Obama. So far, I think that what happened in
stopped democratic action and continues on and on and on to stop
education. Especially public education.
I know many of you know more about this than I do. (I am hoping this
a Dan Brown fantasy.) I think demonstrations like Kent State brought
forces into action that led to Reagan's election and a systematic de-
of Federal support for local initiatives in education (the kind of
initiatives that educated me and employed me initially) that Reagan
could not understand.
Today we have daily evidence of some dark cloud stopping logical, data
driven, empathic centeredness and care for justice, welfare and
everyone, and especially stopping discourse about how we address the
and hope for the poor.
It seems to me this dark force is thinking that if enough of our
under-informed they will acquiesce to sound bites (a few union
destroying our education system), accept the loss of creative music
60's revolutionary music, be attracted to push a button each night
mesmerizing TV, and remain accepting of the coercion in full force
social institutions, religious and secular. That unseen and tacitly
coercion was what John Dewey was sounding the alarm for to awaken
consciousness at that very time.
If anyone has leads here, I would love to pursue this more.
From: Brian LeCloux <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 18:11:34 -0600
To: Assessment Reform Network <email@example.com>
Subject: [arn-l] The Long-Distance Test Scorer
Remember Todd Farley? (Making the Grades, 2009)
Here's another similar experience from the world of test scoring.
A question DiMaggio raises at the end:
"Why would people in their right minds want to leave educational
the hands of poorly trained, overworked, low-paid temps, working
interested only in cranking out acceptable numbers and improving
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