Tag Archives: Barack Obama

Reblogged: Is the multiracial democracy that Obama embodies a lie?

President Barack Obama was delivering a speech before a joint session of Congress when a white lawmaker jabbed his right index finger at Obama and called him a liar. The heckling came during his September 2009 address on health care. Obama was telling lawmakers that his plan wouldn’t cover undocumented immigrants when Republican Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina yelled,

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Flood of Lies: Education reform crescendo at #Katrina10

Has the flood of lies about education reform reached a crescendo 10 years post Katrina? The news media (and President Obama) has mostly spun a narrative of “improvement” and “real progress” post Katrina. However, there are several notable stories out this week that are providing counternarrative. I will begin with a look at the national and national comparative data for Louisiana and the

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Does High-Stakes Testing & Accountability= Social Justice & Civil Rights?

Last week I had the opportunity to give the Social Justice Keynote for The California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) at the University of San Diego for their Sixth Annual Research to Practice Academic Conclave on May 8, 2015. CALSA is: A community of diverse educational leaders skilled in addressing the needs of Latino/a students and dedicated to increasing the

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Obama’s approach to education in the 2014 State of the Union

With bated breath, last evening I watched the 2014 State of the Union (SOTU) address.  I wondered if Barack Obama would propose anything controversial for our nation’s schools… or even go in a new direction… I was asked by The Conversation to cover the 2014 SOTU.  The Conversation UK is an independent news and commentary website produced by “academics and

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A Top Ten of @ArneDuncan Inanity: Obama’s Basketball Buddy Drops Ball on Ed

So what happens when a President chooses a basketball buddy as Secretary of Education? Really, Obama… what did you expect when you chose a non-educator, non-expert to lead American education? A leader who left Chicago in shambles, whose school “turnarounds” didn’t work. Disappointed by his latest inanity at the Mom Congress, I have selected ten quotes from Arne Duncan’s reign

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Breaking News: Sec. Duncan and Sec. Bennett are Kissing Cousins

In today’s Breaking News comic Sec. Duncan and Sec. Bennett discuss their relations. For the Millennials reading this blog I will start with who Sec. Bennett is/was. Wikipedia: William John “Bill” Bennett (born July 31, 1943) is an American conservative pundit, politician, and political theorist. He served as United States Secretary of Education from 1985 to 1988. He also held the post of Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under George

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Breaking News: Obama’s Arizona School Visit— Pot Calls Kettle Black (No Pun?)

Since I wrote Et tu America?: Race, Trayvon, and Education, I have had several discussions with friends about race. The first conversation was with a former high school classmate on Twitter. His point was that we should ignore race because we are all the same. Essentially a post-racial argument. I agree with with Chad. I do believe that our DNA is all the

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