Yearly Archive: 2014

Are Yoga Pants a Symbol of Class Warfare?

  By Joseph Orosco I was walking to class today–an abnormally warm, sunny day for Oregon in October–and I was struck that almost every student I passed looked like they were dressed for going the gym. ┬áThe fashion on campus these days seems to be some version of yoga pants/leggings and tank tops for women, and tank top-athletic shorts for…
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In Defense of Boring Politics

By Ellis Why is that we are more aroused by an image of a revolutionary with a gun, than a photo of a revolutionary sending an email out scheduling a group meeting to discuss duties of a new political organization?

An Education Policy That Presumes Family Failure and Collapse

  By Mark Naison As teachers and parents look, in amazement, at policies emanating from the US Department of Education that mandate the meticulous scripting of “student learning” beginning as early as age 3, and which require testing of “student outcomes” to evaluate their classroom performance, it is important to highlight the underlying logic behind such a program.

Why US Americans Ought to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

  By Joseph Orosco We are currently halfway into National Hispanic Heritage Month (NHHM). I asked my students in two classes if they knew anything about it and most had no notion of when it started or when it ended in the calendar. They got the general idea that it was about honoring the contribution of Latin@s to US American…
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War on Teachers is Not a War on Poverty

  By Mark Naison The movement to unionize America’s low wage workers is an important compliment to the movement to strengthen and protect public education.

The Sociopathic President

By Alexander N. Riccio On September 23rd, the United Nations hosted a climate summit in New York that brought together political leaders from 125 nations including U.S. President Barak Obama. The event was intended to highlight the realities of an existential crisis to the human species, but our president made it a moment to reveal his sociopathic dismissal of life…
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The Job of the Writer

By Alex S. Morgan The job of the writer, the speaker, the artist, is to communicate. It’s only important that they like you enough to listen to what you’re trying to say.

Immigrants and the Global City

By Mark Naison The first wave of anti-immigrant hysteria in the US took place before the Civil War and was directed at Irish Catholic immigrants. It led to the formation of the Know Nothing Party and also sparked mob attacks on Catholic institutions in many northern cities