Can America Have a Quick Recovery from Economic Contraction? -Three Directions for Job Creation

By Guest Blogger Liping Chen, Job creation has been a major problem since the Bush administration.  2009 was marked as a year of spending with unfulfilled economic recovery. President Obama, in his State of the Union address, pledged ‘jobs must be our number-one focus in 2010′, and proposed ‘a new small business tax credit’ and […]

NY Times Missed the Mark on Native American Border Story

The Tohona O’odham native American tribe skirts the border of  southwest Arizona and Mexico. The New York Times covering a drug running story failed to tell the real story of the Tohono O’odham human rights issues and the complicity between elected Tohono O’doham officials, tribal police and US Border Patrol agents. News reporter Erik Echholm […]

World Bank Leads Privatization Reforms in India

By Guest Blogger George Thompson As India moves forward on its No-Child-Left-Behind style agenda announced recently by Minister Manmohan Singh we can look forward to increasingly involvement on behalf of the global investment community, as suggested in a recent issue of Daily Censored. (http://dailycensored.com/2010/04/04/india-adopts-no-child-left-behind-agenda/) Leading the neoliberal charge into India is the World Bank. A […]

India Adopts No Child Left Behind Agenda

By Guest Blogger George Thompson It seems almost sacrilege to question the Globe and Mail’s recent proclamation that “With a sweeping school law, India secures its future: The superpower-in-waiting makes childhood education compulsory for the first time.”  But while there can be no denial that the recent laws for education reforms of India are desirable (ie. […]

Coal's Assault on Human Health

Physicians for Social Responsibility has released a groundbreaking medical report, “Coal’s Assault on Human Health,” which takes a new look at the devastating impacts of coal on the human body. Coal combustion releases mercury, particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and dozens of other substances known to be hazardous to human health. This report looks […]

Toronto Board and Media Kick Off the “Choice” Campaign

By George Thompson A number of factors paved the way for the Ontario government to launch its new “choice” campaign with the announcement of both gender segregated and magnet schools on March 26th through Chris Spence, the Toronto school board director and through the Toronto Star, which has become the mouth of the Liberal Party. […]

EDUCATION REFORM IS THE BEST STOCK ON THE MARKET

By Guest Blogger George Thompson Numerous corporations such as Microsoft and ETS (Education Testing Service) use philanthropy to influence education policies in such a way as to create demands for their products. To take but one example of how this works, consider how Pearson PLC, is expanding its current markets through the push for national […]

Canadian Summit Will Marry Canadian Education to Global Economy

By Guest Blogger George Thompson An government sponsored education “summit” to be held in Ontario on September 13th and 14th this year will bring together privatizers from around the globe to focus on sharing “best practices.” While the big name on the venue will be the pro-privatization U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, the summit […]

Accountability Office Investigates Itself but Hides Report

By Guest Blogger George Thomson, The vanishing of a conflict of interest case in Ontario’s education system is a sign of the extent to which the province has committed to importing the public-private partnership model and the extent to which such conflicts are now accepted as the natural side-effect of the new way of doing […]

Alberta’s “Choice” Program Starts to Close Public Schools, but Still No Word on Privatization

By Guest Blogger George Thompson, Although it is clear that “parental choice” has always been the number one lever of education privatization in America, it is much too early for it to be exposed or discussed in the Canadian context, where strong public systems of education and other essential services such as health care have always […]