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It's way too early to post anything intelligible, but here's a copy/paste link as a 'thank you'.
It's okay, she's Ukrainian.
Thanks for this perfectly timed discussion on the state of our educational system Professor =] I am setting my reminder right now for fridays discussion so I don't accidently miss it. Here is me wishing the very best of luck to all educators and especially to the ones that share in the Lucid community, Break a Leg =] (agh, now Im wondering if break a leg will come across as a micro aggression. I will let it stand and resist self censorship. I come from a theatre family and we use it in the loving way in which it is intended)
Has anyone heard of a request made by the Indian Government to MIT for the names, details (contacts, lodging, dates), and research interests of anyone having recently traveled to India? I heard that MIT is complying due to tax & funding pressures.
thank you, Ruth, for this gift chock full of useful resources!
Thanks for posting all - I have alot of homework to do- especially learning about Italian fascism.
Ruth -- thank you for mentioning the role of informers. I taught high school math in a semi-rural, very red area. When I was new to the high school, it was between classes, but several people overheard an exchange I had with a student who was already seated. I was writing the day's agenda on the whiteboard. The student asked me if I voted for Obama. I replied, "I not only voted for him, I canvassed for him in both elections." Then the student said, "Then I'll have to kill you." I laughed, thinking it was just a joke (this was in about 2013.) Nothing came of that, and I continued a witty, good-natured dialog with that student the entire school year. However, he or one of the observers must have told the principal, who I later learned was in the Tea Party. Suddenly I was over-observed and over-critiqued as a teacher! I kept having to explain classroom decisions I made.
I got zero disciplinary backup from the principal.
Finally, I had to quit. As I was approaching retirement and already had a thriving tutoring business, I quit rather than being transferred to the central office (which is what they do with "bad" teachers.) The more I think over those years, the more I think there was an informant involved. Growing up in an area where political discussion was free and fairly nonjudgmental (DC suburbs), I never thought to initially evade his question about Obama. Now I NEVER reveal my political beliefs to relative strangers unless I know they already agree with me. I continue to canvass for Democratic candidates.
I have to note that the many letters , talks, interviews , commentary here speak of accomplishments , ongoing progress and plans, putting others first and working towards betterment.
What I hear about the Republican Circus is wheel spinning , rev ruckus for their base, tactics of conquering and control, hatred, division ,bigotry ad infinitum.
Seems the American tax payer would be so sick of these representative banging the warning bells , coming up with no substance and based on nothing but THEIR philosophy ( plus still the lies).
What voter isn’t saying ‘I’m sick of this ‘ buffoonery , bluster , and bullshit . Doesn’t fly . Doesn’t provide alleged evidence...repeatedly. Overplays name calling , childish bully talk ...soooo boring.
Except to their base.
Bless their hearts...( WV saying)
And then there’s Biden out there telling accomplishments, goals, mostly of not even three years, respecting, smiling, forging ahead, as his staff works quietly towards yet more goal for all of us.
Sorta a no brainer , huh!
💙💙VOTE THE COMPLICIT ALL OUT💙💙
Lots of meat in this one. Thanks so much for all the extras this time. I wish you success in all you do. We all need encouragement and truth is encouraging. Ruthie B
Thanks, Ruth for all you do. I'll dig into your homework assignment and I'll see you on Friday.
Infinite gratitude, Ruth, for all the posts, essays & your being on MSNBC!
What a generous soul you are, Ruth. My father taught college history as a 2nd career and I, out of rebellion, kind of ignored all his tales. Delving into your work is a homecoming for me. Eternally grateful.
2. Defend Institutions - 20 lessons from the 20th Century, Tim Snyder
Here’s how conservatives/libertarians feel very openly about destroying the very institutions that sustain democracy. The ignorance is shocking. Since 1980, serious threats to abolish the Department of Education. Distrust of institutions is at an all time low, only 9% trust. This is so dangerous.