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The pitchforks are coming — for us plutocrats

This article by Nick Hanauer in the July/August 2014 edition of Politico Magazine  (see here) is an eloquent argument for the imperative need to raise the minimum wage.  As I’ve written in earlier posts and comments, those truly interested in “eductional reform” in this nation should be “manning the barricides,” or rather “peopling the barricades,” to demand that this be done.  Good for Nick Hanauer, one of the elite group […]

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This video was produced by an organization called The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, with managing director Ralph Smith. I heard Smith speak, and saw this video, at the NBPTS Conference on Teaching and Learning in Washington DC in mid-March of this year. I would recommend showing this very short video (which can be found on YouTube by entering “The Statisticks Lottery”) to any parent, school administrator, politician, or ed-tech entrepreneur who makes the absurd claim that three excellent teachers in a row will overcome the effects of poverty on student achievement. The best response to such nauseating assertions about ‘fixing’ public education, of course, is that most effective way to reverse the effects of poverty is to demand a living minimum wage and actively lobby for a reverse of the national tax policies that got us here in the first place.

the connection between poverty and school achievement memorably displayed