Would push back hard on all of this.

Learning loss is largely a canard; she tips her hand in revealing it's really only being about credentialism/grades. Grades that could and should be suspended. Nothing to do with learning, which she assumes is automatically better in person than remote under inevitbly haphazard conditions without providing any evidence.

The mental health emergency in school has long preceded covid, again in part because of a myopic focus on credentialism vs learning.

The piling on of teachers and their unions, a profession that was already beleaguered pre covid and is now being absolutely pilloried…

It’s tough to sit down and write anything that is supposed to encapsulate everything that someone or something has meant to you. So if I can concede that I will fail to do that for Sid, right now, I can at the very least write with more purpose to you, the living, to inform everyone who knew and loved Sid that he passed away peacefully this last Tuesday morning, as I held him in my arms. …

How photojournalism and mask mandates can still save lives before the vaccine rollout.

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“One of the distinguishing features of modern life is that it supplies countless opportunities for regarding (at a distance, through the medium of photography) horrors taking place throughout the world.”

- Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain Of Others

On February 1st, 1968, on a Saigon street in broad daylight, the police chief of American-allied South Vietnam executed a Vietcong prisoner with a casual, point-blank shot to the head. AP photographer Eddie Adams captured the precise moment of the execution.

“Assault weapon” and “assault rifle” may seem like natural, technical terms to gun-control advocates, but to a gun-rights advocate, these are political terms used drum up fear and create restrictive laws. This debate about what to call the weapons commonly used in high-profile terror attacks, however, is a distraction. Keeping the AR-15 in the broad category of other semi-automatic rifles, most of which are far-less dangerous, is just another tactic to prevent their regulation. Like it or not, “assault rifle” is the de facto term, and it is an appropriate one as these guns are just as deadly as the…

Bans of these weapons, actions that are in lieu of sensible regulations of ownership for ALL firearms, will not make us safer.

Rupert Murdoch owned, right-wing tabloid NY Post calls for a ban on “weapons of war.”

The shootings are coming so fast now you have to specify to which one you are referring to in conversation to avoid confusion. Gilroy. El Paso. Dayton. [Update: Vegas, Boulder…] Back to back to back to back mass shootings perpetrated with semi-automatic, civilian versions of military weapons better known as assault rifles. In Gilroy, an AK-47 derivative known as the WASR-10. In El Paso, an AK-47. In Dayton, like so many others, the AR-15.

In an environment like a school, a nightclub, or a big box store like Walmart, we are witness to the incontrovertible fact that a single, calm…

[A] society which is mobile, which is full of channels for the distribution of a change occurring anywhere, must see to it that its members are educated to personal initiative and adaptability. Otherwise they will be overwhelmed by the changes in which they are caught.

— John Dewey, Democracy and Education, 1916

They are peculiar things, the distant, fragile connections that we collect on Facebook. I understand and appreciate their appeal, not just as a fledgling academic grateful for a built-in audience, but as a human who appreciates that not all that is past is lost. …

“Plato defined a slave as one who accepts from another the purposes which control his conduct. This condition [holds] even where there is no slavery in the legal sense. It is found wherever men are engaged in activity which is socially serviceable, but whose service they do not understand and have no personal interest in.” — John Dewey, Democracy and Education, 1916

The United States, viewed as a democratic project, has at its core an aim of equity. Thomas Jefferson posited that this was self-evident in his rebuke of English dominion. But struggling under entrenched inequities has been perhaps the…

“The line between private and public is to be drawn on the basis of the extent and scope of the consequences of acts which are so important to need control.” - John Dewey, Public & its problems, 1954


Ethan Zuckerman didn’t mean to break the internet. His employer — an early-internet company that allowed users to easily build their own websites — was just trying to monetize their rapidly-expanding, user-generated content. They set a problem before Ethan: How can we sell advertising space without making it look like an advertiser was expressly endorsing whatever that content might be? This problem…

“God makes all things good; man meddles with them and they become evil.”

- Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile (1762)

When John Dewey wrote Democracy and Education in 1916, he was responding, in part, to the popular Rousseauian ideal of a return to nature as a prescription for education reform. Dewey felt this was incomplete, pointing out that “to leave everything to nature was, after all, [] to negate the very idea of education; it was to trust the accidents of circumstance” in our conjoined living experiment known as democracy.

In the post-industrial, internet age, we find ourselves in the same pickle…

“As Democrats pick through the wreckage of the campaign, one lesson is clear: The election was notable as much for the people who did not show up, as for those who did. Nationally, about half of eligible voters did not cast ballots” (Tavernise, 2016).

There are competing explanations for Trump’s unlikely 2016 victory that each beg for an outsized measure of significance. Scapegoats include but are not limited to Russian interference through the manipulation (or just plain use) of American social media companies, an electoral system that allows for the election of candidates who don’t win the majority of votes…


PhD candidate at Stanford's Graduate School of Education. @mcgrudis for everything online

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