A real education

first_imgDear Editor:Wake up America! It seems our so-called “education system” may actually be doing more harm than good. Of course, this isn’t exactly breaking news to the millions of parents now home schooling their kids. A number that’s skyrocketed, by the way, over the past two decades.What the heck is going on? If the schools were doing their job, then why are so many parents – who tend to be smart, savvy, highly educated parents from the upper social classes – pulling their children out of public schools in droves? Unless, maybe, schools are doing their….(shhh) actual: however unstated….job all too well. Let me explain.The problem with schools, as I see it, is that they’re rooted in an antiquated 19th century model that’s become obsolete. This outmoded idea of mass schooling sees students as passive recipients of knowledge, not active meaning makers. It rolls them along as if on a factory assembly line, changing classes when the bell rings, meekly filling in the blanks, denying them a sense of agency, purpose, and voice. Students leave school unable to articulate their own ideas and stories.Such a model of creativity-killing education, which all the major educational thinkers from John Dewey to my dear friend Maxine Greene were against, fosters a depressed, compliant, and passive population. Which is great for would be tyrants and the manufacturers of Prozac, but very bad for ordinary people and democracy.When you consider the myriad of problems we face as a society, from massive wealth inequality to school shootings to the nuclear threat to alienation and the withering of community—just for starters—you have to wonder: Why are our politicians and public intellectuals not connecting the dots between these crises and our broken education system? Well, hopefully they will, once they read this letter!Oh, and BTW, the debut of my one-man show…..also titled “A Real Education”….was a spectacular success at Symposia Bookstore last week. Even though only one person showed up! We wound up having a wonderful dialogue, refreshed our hopes, shared our stories; and look, it even gave me a nice little story to share with the community.Moving forward, I urge people to check out Richard Dreyfuss’ amazing program for civics education, which he created after studying the subject at Oxford. I’ve been working with Richard and wish him great success. Yes, the man who sank the great white shark in Jaws has now taken aim at the monster of civic illiteracy, which threatens to destroy our democracy. Go get ‘em Richard!My wife and I are also building an alternative to our bureaucratized education system with a nonprofit TV show, “Public Voice Salon,” that combines elements of an entertaining talk show with a deeper, humanistic, soul-enriching, and intellectual aspect. We promise there are no grades and no tests! Only, we hope, lots of inspiration and transformation! What are your thoughts on what a real education for the 21st century ought to be? I can be reached at [email protected] Bredinlast_img read more

Watch Umphrey’s McGee’s Jake Cinninger Soundcheck And His Bandmates’ Hilarious Reactions

first_imgSetlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Pageant | St. Louis, MO | 9/2/2017Set One: Le Blitz > Plunger > North Route, Anchor Drops, Uncommon > 2×2, The Linear[1] > GlorySet Two: Domino Theory, Phil’s Farm > Robot World[2] > Can’t You Hear Me Knocking, JaJunk, AugustEncore: Bad Friday Today, Umphrey’s McGee released a new video of Jake Cinninger sound-checking the song “Glory” ahead of Umphrey’s September 2nd performance at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri. The performance was the last of three shows the group performed over Labor Day Weekend, all of which were webcast with the proceeds going to benefit Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. In this newly released video shot and edited by C.J. Strehlow, Jake Cinninger runs through the opening guitar lines of the song. During the video, fans can get a little glimpse of the band’s shenanigans as Brendan Bayliss, and later Ryan Stasik, come up behind Cinninger, hilariously staring blankly past their bandmate, who to his credit barely bats an eye, before the two wander off.Umphrey’s McGee Welcomes moe.’s Jim Loughlin, Busts Out “Fame” For Old School Set In Atlanta [Audio]On September 2nd, Umphrey’s McGee performed “Glory” as the first-set closer, moving into the tune coming out of “The Linear,” which heavily featured teases of the later number. Give a watch to Jake Cinninger’s soundcheck of “Glory” below (plus to the silly antics from his Umphrey’s bandmates), then take a listen to the full show below, courtesy of djphrayz, to compare the soundcheck to Umphrey’s full rendition of the number later in the night.last_img read more

Anichebe plans fitness drive

first_imgVictor Anichebe has revealed he will put himself through a personal boot camp to revive his season. The West Brom striker is ready for a fitness drive during the international break after his injury struggles. He had a hernia operation in September and made his first Barclays Premier League start since August in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Newcastle. Anichebe has scored once in eight appearances this term and is desperate to prove his worth at The Hawthorns. “For me it’s very difficult,” said the 26-year-old. “I had niggling injuries here and there and I have just come back from hernia surgery and I had some complications. That’s not an excuse or anything, it’s just normal. “I feel a lot better and hopefully, given the break we’ve got, I can go away, get myself right and come back and help the team.” Press Association The Baggies next go to Chelsea on November 22 and Anichebe is planning to return fighting fit. He said: “For me, over the international break, I need to go away, come back and be as fit as possible. I don’t feel as sharp and fit as I was at the start of the season but that will come. “I came back about a month or six weeks ago from hernia surgery, something which reoccurred after I did it a couple of years ago. “I need to go away, come back and take care of my own body and be fitter than I have been recently. “I have the medical team here, they have helped me a lot and I have guys in America I have worked with a lot. Between the two we have come up with a fitness regime which will help me to get to where I should be. “I will go away and I will do parts to try to get myself ready but I’ll also be with the team. We just need to come back after the international break and be ready for the difficult fixtures ahead of us.” The former Everton starlet has only netted four goals for Albion since his £6million move from the Toffees in September last year. He has also made just 16 starts for the Baggies in over 12-months after struggling with a series of minor injuries. last_img read more

Abidal announces France retirement

first_imgDefender Eric Abidal has followed Franck Ribery in announcing his retirement from the Francenational team. The 34-year-old, who this summer joined Olympiacos from Monaco, revealed his decision in an interview with Catalan radio station RAC1.Abidal recovered sufficiently from a liver transplant in April 2012 to return to the national team under coach Didier Deschamps but was not selected for this summer’s FIFA World Cup™.”It is time to close this door,” he said. “Not being at the World Cup was a disappointment because I wanted to finish on a good note. The way I struggled as I did until today (after the transplant) was so I could say goodbye to the national team at the World Cup. But that did not happen.”His announcement comes just a day after Bayern Munich winger Ribery – who missed the tournament in Brazil due to injury – confirmed the end of his international career. Abidal has also represented Barcelona, Lyon and Lille in his 15-year professional career.He won 67 France caps dating back to his debut against Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2004 and was a regular feature of the side which reached the 2006 World Cup final. However, he was sent off in the first half of the UEFA EURO 2008 clash with Italy and also played a part in France’s poor World Cup campaign of 2010.His final international appearance came in the World Cup qualifying play-off first leg against Ukraine last November. France lost that game 2-0 before winning the return leg 3-0 to qualify for the tournament.last_img read more

Istanbul: Šetkić in the Quarterfinals of the ITF Tournament

first_imgAldin Šetkić, the Bosnian tennis player, qualified to the quarterfinals of the ITF Futures tournament in Istanbul, valued at 10 000 Dollars. Šetkić, who is the first holder of the tournament in the second round defeated Stephen Kaldawij (Australia) with  6:2, 6:0. (Source: Fena)center_img In the match for qualifications in the semifinals,  Šetkić will play with the winner of the match played between Benjamin Lock (Zim) – Francis Raspudić (Hun).last_img