October 24, 2012

Rethinking Schools

Dear friend of Rethinking Schools:
We are seeking narratives for a new book by Rethinking Schools. The working title is Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality.
We invite you to submit a story that relates to teaching and learning about sexism, gender, and sexuality in K-12 schools. We are particularly interested in articles about classroom teaching, curriculum, and youth activism—in and out of school. Students' voices are important; make sure we can hear them!
In order to include diverse voices, we particularly encourage students and educators of color and folks who work in places that are not often associated with LGBTQ activism such as rural schools and schools in the "heartland," although other submissions will be cheerfully considered.
We hope to address gender and sexuality across the curriculum so teachers and students of all disciplines are encouraged to contribute. Other topics may include education organizing/activism, policy matters, and stories that offer historical perspectives with a connection to the present.
Please remember that Rethinking Schools is not an academic journal. We want the writing to be lively, conversational, and to avoid the kind of needless jargon that infects so much education writing. Please approach it as a narrative with a beginning, middle, and end, filled with anecdotes and the voices of teachers, parents, and/or students. Traditional academic/scholarly articles will not be considered for this book.
The best way to understand what works for Rethinking Schools is to read through several issues of the magazine with an eye to how the authors show specifically what they do in the classroom and how they integrate information about the topic into the article. Specific examples you might want to look at include "It's OK to Be Neither" by Melissa Bollow Tempel and "When the Gender Boxes Don't Fit," by Ericka Sokolower-Shain. As a model of writing for the magazine, see anything by Linda Christensen.
Before you begin writing, check out the writers guidelines.
Please send submissions electronically (Word.doc) to jody@rethinkingschools.org. We are unable to read submissions of more than 4,000 words, and are generally interested in articles that are substantially shorter.
Many of the articles in the book will also appear in Rethinking Schools magazine. The initial submission deadline is January 31, 2013.
If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact Jody Sokolower, managing editor of Rethinking Schools.

October 12, 2012

The enemies of truth in politics:  Both sides have real problems.  What is the truth?  No one honestly addresses the Afghan war in needing the gas line completed which is just another way to starve off China and rape the land from natural resources.  We have owed China so much money since BEFORE Cllnton was elected.  No one talks about the billions spent to keep the billionaire oil companies in tact with the "need" for that oil.  Who is what? Please listen to the "fact finder" if you think the economic program submitted by Romney is the answer for our country.  How gullible can people be?

How The Right's Latest Conspiracy Theory Might Unleash a Wave of Domestic Terrorism if Obama Wins

Some types of spin are more dangerous than others.
September 25, 2012  |  

Two of the Fort Stewart soldiers charged with murder and conspiracy to assassinate Obama.
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In a somewhat desperate attempt to maintain morale among a Republican base that disdains its standard-bearer, a number of conservative media outlets are pushing an alternate reality in which Mitt Romney is leading in the polls by wide margins and American voters have a decidedly negative view not of the challenger, but of Barack Obama.

It's an exceptionally dangerous game that the right-wing media are playing. If Obama wins – and according to polling guru Nate Silver, he'd have a 95 percent chance of doing so if the vote were held today – there's a very real danger that this spin -- combined with other campaign narratives that are popular among the far-right -- could create a post-election environment so toxic that it yields an outburst of politically motivated violence.

A strategy that began with a series of rather silly columns comparing 2012 with 1980, and assuring jittery conservatives that a huge mass of independents was sure to break for Romney late and deliver Obama the crushing defeat he so richly deserves, entered new territory with the bizarre belief that all the polls are wrong. And not only wrong, but intentionally rigged by “biased pollsters” – including those at Fox News – in the tank for Obama. (See Alex Pareene's piece for more on the right's new theory that the polls are being systematically “skewed.”)

Consider how a loosely-hinged member of the right-wing fringe – an unstable individual among the third of conservative Republicans who believe Obama's a Muslim or the almost two-thirds who think he was born in another country – expecting a landslide victory for the Republican might process an Obama victory. This is a group that has also been told, again and again, that Democrats engage in widespread voter fraud – that there are legions of undocumented immigrants, dead people and  ineligible felons voting in this election ( with the help of zombie ACORN ). They've been told that Democrats are buying the election with promises of “free stuff” offered to the slothful and unproductive half of the population that pays no federal income taxes and refuses to “take responsibility for their lives” – Romney's 47 percent.

They've also been told – by everyone from NRA president Wayne LaPierre to Mitt Romney himself – that Obama plans to ban gun ownership in his second term. (Two elaborate conspiracy theories have blossomed around this point. One holds that Fast and Furious – which, in reality, is much ado about very little – was designed to elevate gun violence to a point where seizing Americans' firearms would become politically popular. The second holds that a United Nations treaty on small arms transfers (from which the United States has withdrawn) is in fact a stealthy workaround for the Second Amendment.)

And they've been warned in grim, often apocalyptic terms of what's to come in a second term. The film, “2016: Obama's America,” offers a dystopian vision of a third-world America gutted by Obama's supposed obsession with global wealth redistribution. His re-election would bring something far worse than mere socialism – it would be marked by Kenyan anti-colonialism, in which America's wealth is bled off as a form of reparations for centuries of inequities between the global North and South.

These kinds of fringe views aren't relegated to the fever swamps of the right-wing blogosphere – they're often reinforced by elected Republicans. Reps Steve King, R-Iowa, Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, Louie Gohmert, R-Texas and others warn that the Obama administration has been infiltrated by Islamic Extremists . An elected judge in Texas advocated a tax increase – yes, a tax increase! – in order to better arm local sheriff's deputies whom he claimed would serve on the front-lines of the civil war likely to come should Obama be re-elected. “I’m talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms, get rid of the dictator,” he said.
Of course I got this article because of alternet.org (see link below) but after I read about Leder closing a 70 year old ice cream business so the pension plan could be put on the Federal Government and then gaining tax savings by putting management funds in the tax deduct line therefore keeping his rate , like Romney's at 15% my blood boils.  I pay taxes for a reason and it is NOT to make the rich richer!  OOOO  nancy

Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2012 06:59:10 -0700
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Subject: [EFFORT SOS] 5 Biggest Lies About America's Public Schools -- Debunked

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[] 5 Biggest Lies About America's Public Schools -- Debunked

October 1, 2012

11 Years in Afghanistan/ Oct 7, 2012

11 Years is Too Long

Afghan War Observance

Sunday, Oct 7th, 1PM
Sidewalk on W. side of Clinton St.,@Clinton St. & Iowa Ave, Near Historic Old Capitol

The continuation of the war in Afghanistan is harmful to the people of Afghanistan, and to U.S. citizens. Peace is hard work, but we’d better try it. Please join with us.

Sponsored byVeterans for Peace Chapter #161, PEACE Iowa, Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Iowa NEA Peace & Justice Caucus,

(People wishing also to participate in the Hike for Refugees @ 2PM at Old Brick will be able to attend both events

For further information, contact Ed Flaherty @ 319 621-6766, flahertyem@q.com