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It Will be Called Americanism: the US Writers Who Imagined a Fascist Future

  It Will be Called Americanism: the US Writers Who Imagined a Fascist Future    Sarah Churchwell February 3, 2017 The Guardian   From Sinclair Lewis and Philip Roth to Donald Trump’s favourite film, Citizen Kane, US culture has long told stories about homegrown authoritarianism. What can we learn from them?   ‘Trump has said he identifies with Kane’ … Orson Welles in Citizen Kane (1941), Allstar/RKO,   “To have enslaved America with this hocus-pocus! To have captured the mind of the world’s greatest nation without uttering a single word of truth! Oh, the pleasure we must be affording the Read More …

Worldwide, School Choice Hasn’t Improved Performance

Worldwide, School Choice Hasn’t Improved Performance Henry M. Levin; Steve Hinnefeld January 30, 2017 U.S. News and World Report   Worldwide, rising populism and identity politics are leading to increased demands from families seeking out specific types of schools that mirror their ideologies. In some countries, this has extended to replacing the public system of schools with government vouchers that can be used to pay for private schools – a priority of Betsy DeVos, the nominee for U.S. education secretary. Advocates argue that school choice promotes competition that will improve performance and allow the freedom of choice that will best Read More …

REPOST: UC, CSU faculty send open letter to Trump on climate change

By Robert Sanders via Berkely News (January 31, 2017) Amid rumors that President Donald Trump will soon pull out of the Paris climate agreement that former President Barack Obama signed last year, more than 2,300 faculty from California universities have signed an open letter to the Trump administration calling for sustained action on climate change and urging the president to honor the country’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as set forth in the agreement.[…] Read the full letter below: An Open Letter to President Donald Trump and His Administration We the undersigned are calling on you, in the most urgent terms Read More …

NFEW: Jessica Luther on Why Sexual Violence by College Athletes Is Rarely Addressed

By Joe Macaré via Truthout A toxic version of masculinity, and an acceptance of sexual violence as the norm, can and do manifest in all areas of our society — from the workplace to the home, from the schoolyard to the White House. In her book Unsportsmanlike Conduct, journalist Jessica Luther makes the case that these issues have a particular pernicious impact in the realm of American college sports. Since college is where we tend to assume that many young people learn to be adults, and since male athletes are assumed to be one of the models for masculinity, the high Read More …

NFEW: Why Students Can’t Google Their Way to the Truth

Why Students Can’t Google Their Way to the Truth – Fact-checkers and students approach websites differently by Sam Wineburg and Sarah McGrew Did Donald Trump support the Iraq War? Hillary Clinton says yes. He says no. Who’s right? In search of answers, many of us ask our kids to “Google” something. These so-called digital natives, who’ve never known a world without screens, are the household’s resident fact-checkers. If anyone can find the truth, we assume, they can. Don’t be so sure. True, many of our kids can flit between Facebook and Twitter while uploading a selfie to Instagram and texting Read More …

NFEW: A Lesson on How to Survive Trumpism

A Lesson on How to Survive Trumpism—From the McCarthy Era Trump’s regime will not resurrect full-blown McCarthyism, but it may take lessons in political repression from it. By Ellen Schrecker Senator Joseph McCarthy (left) with Roy Cohn during a Washington, DC, hearing in April 1954. (AP Photo) I haven’t been counting recently, but it seems as if almost every moderate, liberal, or left-wing pundit and politician who surveys the political future alludes to the prospect of a new McCarthyism. Will a fiercely reactionary Trump administration revive the political repression of the 1940s and ’50s? Will it take as its model a widespread Read More …

Responding to Professor Watch List

In response to the Professor Watchlist site that has emerged in recent weeks many campuses across the nation are responding with tactics modeled after the Notre Dame response. Below is a letter faculty at the University of Michigan are encouraging others to consider using or adapting: Dear Professor Watchlist, We, the undersigned faculty at the University of Michigan, write to request that you place our names, all of them, on Professor Watchlist. We make this request because we note that you currently list on your site two of our colleagues, Professor Juan Cole and Professor Susan Douglas, whose work is Read More …

REPOST: When Public Goes Private, as Trump Wants: What Happens?

The New York Times recently published a series of articles about the dangers of privatizing public services, the first of which was called “When You Dial 911 and Wall Street Answers.” Over the years, the Times has published other exposés of privatized services, like hospitals, health care, prisons, ambulances, and preschools for children with disabilities. In some cities and states, even libraries and water have been privatized. No public service is immune from takeover by corporations that say they can provide comparable or better quality at a lower cost. The New York Times said that since the 2008 financial crisis, Read More …

#StandingRockSyllabus

NYC Stands with Standing Rock Collective has just published the #StandingRockSyllabus, now available for free download. From the organization’s website: This syllabus project contributes to the already substantial work of the Sacred Stones Camp, Red Warrior Camp, and the Oceti Sakowin Camp to resist the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which threatens traditional and treaty-guaranteed Great Sioux Nation territory. The Pipeline violates the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 and 1851 signed by the United States, as well as recent United States environmental regulations. The potentially 1,200-mile pipeline presents the same environmental and human dangers as the Keystone XL pipeline, and Read More …

Repost: Why Our Universities Must Provide Sanctuary to Undocumented Immigrants

by Alecia Richards | On November 16, students at more than 80 universities, colleges and high schools nationwide staged walk-outs, sit-ins and rallies urging their administrations to protect immigrants at risk of deportation by the incoming Donald Trump administration. The nationwide protests, which took place under the banner of the hashtag #SanctuaryCampus, called on universities to join the ranks of cities that limit their cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  [Read full article]