Tuesday, September 18, 2018

CURMUDGUCATION: DeVos, Truth, Free Speech, the Constitution, and Cognitice Dissonance

CURMUDGUCATION: DeVos, Truth, Free Speech, the Constitution, and Cognitice Dissonance

DeVos, Truth, Free Speech, the Constitution, and Cognitice Dissonance

The National Constitution Center is an interesting place. The "nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to the United States Constitution" was signed into existence by Ronald Reagan and the groundbreaking was attended by Bill Clinton. Located in Philadelphia, it houses the Annenberg Center for Education and Outreach; it also includes the Richard and Helen DeVos Exhibition Hall. Monday, it hosted Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for a speech that reads like one of the more honest-- and seriously conflicted-- speeches she has delivered in office.

The coverage has focused on DeVos's call for freedom of speech, in particular, focusing on the ways that college campuses have restricted such speech, from bureaucratic regulations to crowds of students who exercise the "heckler's veto" (which is a pretty good little phrase). But there are several moments that, if nothing else, may help crystalize where fundamental disagreements with her may lie.

The Founders discussed and debated and proposed "to the states a national government that would restrain itself by empowering its people." Well, the white penis-endowed ones, anyway. But there is that article of faith that the feds were never supposed to have real power.

The freedom to express ourselves-- through our faith, through our speech, through the press, through assembly or petition-- defines much of what it means to be human.

This freedom, preserved in our Declaration of Independence, comes from the truth that our rights are endowed by our Creator, not by any man-made government.


If you've been waiting for DeVos to let her God flag fly, this speech has it waving at the top of the pole. I have mixed feelings about her definition of Being Human. Yes, expression is important. But does that define humanity? And here's her definition of the mission of education:

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Macklemore and Michael Bennett buy “Teaching for Black Lives” book for all Seattle secondary humanities teachers – I AM AN EDUCATOR

Macklemore and Michael Bennett buy “Teaching for Black Lives” book for all Seattle secondary humanities teachers – I AM AN EDUCATOR

Macklemore and Michael Bennett buy “Teaching for Black Lives” book for all Seattle secondary humanities teachers
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Grammy award winning artist Macklemore and three time NFL pro bowler Michael Bennett team up to purchase the new critically acclaimed book, Teaching for Black Lives, for distribution to ALL Social Studies & Language Arts Teachers in the Seattle Public Schools

The new book from Rethinking Schools called, “A Handbook for all educators to fight racism” by the Washington Post

Hear from the editors of the book at a Seattle Town Hall event

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From left to right: Jesse Hagopian (co-editor of Teaching for Black Lives), Michael Bennett, Macklemore [Photo Credit: Ben Secord].
Seattle, WA, September, 12, 2018Grammy award winning Seattle-based artist Macklemore and three-time NFL Pro Bowler Michael Bennett have teamed up to purchase and distribute copies of the new critically acclaimed book, Teaching for Black Lives to every middle and high school Social Studies and Language Arts teacher in the Seattle Public Schools. Michael Bennett said, “This is the book I wish I had coming up in school but it never existed. Now we have the opportunity to educate thousands of youth about the Black history that was too often missing from my schooling—from the building of the White House, to the role of Black youth in social movements, to organizing for restorative justice today.”

Macklemore added, “With everything from history, to poetry, to visual art, these lessons will help educators affirm the lives of their Black students and create deeper dialogue in our schools about the struggles and contributions of Black people that all students need to learn.”
Teaching for Black Lives is a collection of teaching activities, role-plays, essays, poems and art designed to help educators humanize Black people in the curriculum. The book demonstrates how teachers can connect the curriculum to young people’s lives and Continue reading: Macklemore and Michael Bennett buy “Teaching for Black Lives” book for all Seattle secondary humanities teachers – I AM AN EDUCATOR



Shaquille O'Neal Joins Communities In Schools National Board of Directors : Communities In Schools

Shaquille O'Neal Joins Communities In Schools National Board of Directors : Communities In Schools

Shaquille O'Neal Joins Communities In Schools National Board of Directors


Arlington, VA—Communities In Schools (CIS), the national organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future, is delighted to welcome NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Nealas the newest member of its national board of directors.  
"Over all the years I’ve known Shaquille, he has always shown himself to be a man of integrity and principle for whom giving back to his community is a top priority,” says Communities In Schools National Board Chair Elaine Wynn. "We are privileged to have him among the volunteer leaders of Communities In Schools.” 
Shaquille O’Neal, former NBA basketball player and Hall of Fame inductee, is currently a sports analyst on the television program,  Inside the NBA, and is considered one of the greatest players in NBA history. O’Neal’s athletic accomplishments include a 19-year NBA career, four NBA championships (three with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with the Miami Heat), and 15 All-Star game selections. He is one of only three players to win NBA MVP, All-Star game MVP, and NBA Finals MVP in the same year. 
Rivaling his athletic accomplishments are O'Neal's off-court undertakings, which include success in acting, music, television and gaming.  Inspired by positive childhood experiences at the Boys and Girls Club in Newark, NJ, O’Neal has a long career of partnering with youth organizations and giving back to his community.   
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