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The Audacity To Win

Book Review The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama’s Historic Victory by David Plouffe; published by Viking Books (November, 2009) For two years, Mom, Dad, and millions like them loved their country enough to change it. Many analysts agree that President Obama conducted a primary and general election campaign without …

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Education Revolution

  Broken hands on broken ploughs, Broken treaties, broken vows, Broken pipes, broken tools, People bending broken rules. Hound dog howling, bull frog croaking, Everything is broken.      – Bob Dylan, “Everything Is Broken”   State of Emergency Few of the authorities who write, speak, advocate, and lobby on behalf of ideologies about education or …

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What Children Need – Part 2

You fathers and you mothers Be good to one another Please try to raise your children right Don’t let the darkness take ‘em Don’t make ’em feel forsaken Just lead them safely to the light – Billy Joe Shaver, “Live Forever” In my work with preschools, schools, and universities, young people of all ages tell …

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The Mandatory Mercy of Goldman Sachs

You have many contacts Among the lumberjacks To get you facts When someone attacks your imagination But nobody has any respect Anyway they already expect you To just give a check To tax-deductible charity organizations      – Bob Dylan, “Ballad of a Thin Man”   The horrid, big, rich scoundrel.       – Anthony Trollope, The …

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What Children Need – Part 1

 – I am, a stride at a time.  [James Joyce, Ulysses] For more than forty years, I have taught literature, history, consciousness, and writing as a senior teacher and administrator in schools and universities.  In the context of these profound and elemental fields of learning, students of all ages often have confided in me with …

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U.S. Relief Command

The recent events in Haiti demonstrate that the United States must develop a new Military Relief Command.  The U.S. Relief Command should be modeled on the Marine Corps:  an essentially autonomous, highly trained, pre-equipped rapid response body that swiftly can deliver and operate anywhere in the world: Emergency food, water, shelter, and sanitation supplies Earth-moving equipment …

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Lead From The Heart

“Which way am I heading? President Obama is a brilliant man, but he delivered a banal State of the Union address last week.  It was a speech shrouded in shrill anger, tedious sloganeering, tendentious posturing.  It was a performance rooted in ritualistic tilts, nods, bobs, weaves.  Our president sounded tired, and looked defeated.  In a …

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Ecole Haiti

  The terrible tragedy in Haiti cannot be accepted, and it cannot be redeemed.  The only use the tragedy can have, the only gift it can confer, will be if the calamity leads to fundamental change in the people’s consciousness, capability, and control of their nation.  This can only occur only from upon a platform of universal, …

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Signs of the Times

  – There is still a real magic in the action and reaction of minds on one another.  [Thomas Carlyle]    In 1829, a young man from Scotland published an essay entitled Signs of the Times.  Carlyle was unknown, and seemingly ill-equipped for consequence or celebrity.  Yet the essay seemed to all who read it …

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