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Entries by Joel Shatzky from 06/2010

Educating for Democacy: Can Humanity Survive the Free Enterprise System?

| Posted 06.04.2010 | Green

It is not the threat of over population that confronts us, it's over consumption. The United States consumes natural resources at the rate of four times that of its share of the earth's population.

Educating for Democracy: David Brooks' "Race to Insanity"

| Posted 06.08.2010 | New York

Blaming the unions for "rigidity," as Brooks does, is almost a "blame the victim" charge since educators are well aware of the subjective nature of good learning.

Educating for Democracy: "Gifted and Talented?"

| Posted 06.11.2010 | New York

Since New York's Gifted and Talented programs act as "pipelines" to the more prestigious high schools in the City, I wonder how valid an "entrance exams for infants" can be.

Educating for Democracy: Is "Green Education" Possible?

| Posted 06.15.2010 | Green

One of the dilemmas I've noticed coming out of the environmental disaster that is still roiling the Gulf of Mexico is the interconnectedness of our economic system with toxic policies -- programs or planning that will lead to eventual destruction of human life.

Educating for Democracy: How Much Cheating Is Going on in the Public Schools?

| Posted 06.22.2010 | New York

Test prep drilling "cheats" young learners of the education they need in order to be well informed and active citizens of our society.

Educating for Democracy: Lifelong Learning at a Fiftieth High School Reunion

| Posted 06.29.2010 | New York

With the pressure of budget cutting on schools throughout the country, petitions were circulated requesting that arts education be an essential part of education. Unfortunately, the Mayor's track record is not encouraging.