For-Profit Charter School Founder Uses Extortion and Threats in Letter to Parents

This story originally appeared on Up North Progressive. Livingston Developmental Academy Co-Founder Chuck Stockwell is considered an institution in the Michigan for-profit charter school industry. Who knew a loving parent relying on vision therapy to cure his daughter of an inoperable brain tumor would over two decades later be the successful businessman of the charter…

Tea Party Charter School

No one should ever forget that one of the leaders in the profits before kids charter school movement is Hillsdale College. Their brand of for-profit charter schools which they call, “Classical Education”, is a nice way of saying Christian conservative education that bears little relevance to what students actually need to be prepared in a…

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Gives Us What We Really Want: Real Science

In the first two episodes of the reboot of Cosmos Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson has done an excellent job laying down the basics of time, space, and how life developed on Earth. Because Cosmos is a show about science, Tyson clearly explains in the same engaging way Carl Sagan did almost thirty years ago that…

A Real Pro-Life Policy

On December 11, 2013 the state legislature in Michigan voted on a petition measure titled, “No Taxes For Abortion Insurance.” The petition, circulated by Michigan Right to Life collected signatures telling people this was to make sure tax dollars didn't pay for abortions through the ACA. Of course, anyone who take a few seconds to…

The Top 11 Reasons Teachers are Undervalued

We've all heard the complaints about teachers: They're lazy, they get the whole summer off. What do they even do all day with those kids? It's not like they actually produce anything. Once they get tenure it's impossible to get rid of them no matter how terrible they are and the union backs them up….

Snyder's Kickapoo Joy Juice or, A School Voucher By Any Other Name

Not many of us are old enough to remember the comic strip Li'l Abner, the dim witted hillbilly from Dogpatch. There was a cave called the “skonk works” where the still that created Kickapoo Joy Juice hid from the law and anyone trying to steal the magical elixir it produced. “Skunk Works” became the name…

Welcome to the Growing Dome

Reed City High School has something special other schools would benefit from. Two years ago members of the Science department put together the Growing Dome Project. This hands on learning facility offers high school students a fantastic opportunity to grow their own food and learn about different methods of growing fruit, vegetables and even tropical…

Village? What Village? The Honor Roll Student Who Did It All On His Own

Today while on the campaign trail Mitt Romney made a statement that literally made me stop in my tracks and listen. He talked about a hypothetical honor roll student and how they accomplished that feat all by themselves. He finished the statement with, “You don’t thank the bus driver.” record scratch Are you fucking kidding…

My Granddaddy Attended A Failing School*

Being a history teacher means any time I have the pleasure of finding artifacts I want to learn as much as I can from them. Sometimes the lessons I receive don't have the outcome I wanted, but still give me profound insight into how much American society and our values in our institutions have changed….