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A Virtual Choir and Orchestra of 300 Sings “You’ll Never Walk Alone”
Enjoy this beautiful rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, performed by 300 people from 15 countries. Here are the liner notes: In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, 300 people from 15 different countries came together to participate in a virtual rendition of the beautiful song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel
SomeDam Poet: Protect Your Children from the Trolls!
SomeDam Poet warns: The trolls are waiting under bridge To pounce upon the passing kids Disguised as broads and billy goats With candy and with diet kochs
The New York Philharmonic Honors NYC’s Healthcare Workers
This is a special virtual performance by the New York Philharmonic, playing Ravel’s “Bolero, ” to honor the city’s brave healthcare workers. Enjoy!
Commonweal: Trump Administration’s Cruel Efforts to Strangle People of Cuba
In 2013, I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to Cuba with my partner and two friends. The Obama administration had relaxed restrictions on travel, and we visited as part of a people-to-people program. Our group flew to Miami, then boarded an American Airlines charter jet that brought us in less than an hour to Jose Marti airport in Havana. Many of our fellow passengers were a Cubans carry
Michael A. Cohen: The Era of Stupid
Michael A. Cohen is a regular columnist for the Boston Globe. He has determined that the current era will henceforth be called “the Era of Stupid.” President Trump’s moronic behavior is the defining feature of American life. Americans have long divided our nearly 244-year history into eras. There was the Era of Good Feelings in the 1810s and 1820s; the Gilded Age in the late 19th century; the New
Peter Greene: Kudos to Dr. Les Perelman, the Slayer of the RoboGrader!
Peter Greene recognizes one of the great education heroes of our age , Dr. Lester Perelman, who retired a few years ago from MIT, where he taught writing. Les Perelman carefully and thoroughly debunked “robograding” of student essays. ETS had a robograder that allegedly graded thousands of essays in a minute or less. Perelman showed that students could write nonsensical paragraphs containing blat
Bill Phillis: Ohio Supreme Court Strikes Down Local Control of Schools
Perhaps you recall that Republicans used to favor local control of public schools by elected boards. That time is now gone, since Republicans bought into the idea of privatization of public funds. Now they support state takeovers, even though there is no evidence that state takeovers have ever been successful, and a good deal of evidence (see the Michigan “Education Achievement Authority” and the
Ross Barkan: Andrew Cuomo’s War on Public Higher Education
Perhaps you know New York Governor Andrew Cuomo only through his daily coronavirus briefings, where he has been thoughtful, strong, and compassionate. But there is another side to Cuomo. He doesn’t like public 
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