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Pay teachers more? Absolutely, but let’s do it for the right reasons

Pay teachers more? Absolutely, but let’s do it for the right reasons

Now Texas Governor Greg Abbott wants to pay “good” teachers $100+K. With workers’ wages stagnating, and teachers being historically underpaid, how is this not great news? Don’t teachers deserve bigger paychecks? Who would turn down a 6-figure salary?!? Well, as always, the devil is in the details… For instance, who will determine who the “good” teachers are? Their principals? School […]

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A George Wallace rally looked a LOT like a Trump rally – wsg historian Kevin M. Kruse & educator Mitchell Robinson

A George Wallace rally looked a LOT like a Trump rally – wsg historian Kevin M. Kruse & educator Mitchell Robinson

Not everyone can get into Princeton, but almost everyone can afford a movie ticket and even Paul Manafort can still access YouTube. Conservatives have spent the summer of Kanye’s MAGA hat using PragerU videos and Dinesh D’Souza’s latest “0% on Rotten Tomatoes” endeavor to make the case that it’s just a huge coincidence that Republicans are closing 7 of 9 […]

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Americans Need a Damn Raise

Americans Need a Damn Raise

Americans work too hard and make too little — and Republicans want to keep it that way You’ve probably seen this chart that shows that when adjusted for inflation, wages are down since July of last year: Despite the strength of the economy Trump inherited, most of the growth — like most of the tax cuts Republicans passed — is […]

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Please stop with the “heartwarming” teacher stories: this is no way to treat professionals

Please stop with the “heartwarming” teacher stories: this is no way to treat professionals

You can listen to Mitchell Robinson read and discuss this now-viral essay here: https://www.eclectablog.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Mitchell-Robinson-Stop-with-the-heartwarming-teacher-stories.mp3 It seems like every day now we see another one of these stories that are supposed to be “heartwarming,” or show how “dedicated” teachers and other school personnel are… this superintendent spent 90 hours per week this summer repainting his school to save $150,000! this teacher […]

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GOP candidate for MI-GOV Bill Schuette chooses a running mate nearly as contemptible as he is. Presenting: Lisa Posthumus Lyons

If you were looking for a more reprehensible proponent of the worst of Republican ideology than Michigan Attorney General and Republican nominee for governor Bill Schuette, you’d have to work pretty hard. But Bill Schuette, who seems to spend more time off the job than on, apparently used that free time to come up with someone who is a perfect […]

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Republicans want to debate, Democrats want to WIN! with special guest Carolyn Fiddler of Daily Kos

Republicans want to debate, Democrats want to WIN! with special guest Carolyn Fiddler of Daily Kos

Unlike Trump, physics follows laws. This misogynistic presidency has inspired an equal and opposite reaction from women of the United States. And voters are rewarding them. Women have outperformed men in primaries, with just their appearance on a ballot often seen as a rebuke to Trump, who ironically judges women exclusively by their appearance. A total of 185 women have […]

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UPDATED: Michigan’s primary shows that Democrats are fired up, mobilized, and unified (and mostly behind women)

UPDATED: Michigan’s primary shows that Democrats are fired up, mobilized, and unified (and mostly behind women)

Michigan has long been a bellwether for the national political landscape and, judging by the results of our primary last week, the November general election will be as much of a wave election for Democrats as 2010 was for Republicans. Shri Thanedar’s attempt to purchase a governorship with his personal fortune was resoundingly smacked down by voters. He did only […]

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This is what the biggest fraud of the 21st century looks like

This is what the biggest fraud of the 21st century looks like

Trillions for the rich and their corporations have given workers less than nothing Paul Ryan may be retiring having cemented his reputation as a fraud, but at least he’s a very successful fraud. For the second time in his life, he’s helped transfer trillions in wealth to the richest Americans and for the second time in his life he’s laying […]

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Schools aren’t “fast-food franchises,” charter schools aren’t public schools,and education isn’t a business

Schools aren’t “fast-food franchises,” charter schools aren’t public schools,and education isn’t a business

              Recently, our oldest son got his first job–or, more accurately, he got his first 2 jobs: one at a fast-food franchise popular in the Midwest (let’s call it “McBurgerQueen”, or McBQ—note: it’s not McDonalds, Burger King, or Dairy Queen), the other at a family-owned Korean-Chinese restaurant in our town (we’ll call this place […]

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The Pink Wave Crashed in Michigan this Week

The Pink Wave Crashed in Michigan this Week

The headline of Tuesday’s election is that pissed-off women are voting Democratic. That’s what propelled Gretchen Whitmer to win a straight-up majority in a three-way race for governor and all 83 counties. That’s why women won most of the key congressional races in the state — particularly in those Democrats need to flip in November, the 7th, 8th and 11th. […]

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We can’t continue to sleep on the judiciary – with special guest Chris “#StopKavanaugh” Kang

We can’t continue to sleep on the judiciary – with special guest Chris “#StopKavanaugh” Kang

What aren’t they hiding? They aren’t hiding that Bret Kavanaugh was on a the second draft of the list of judges provided to Donald Trump by the founder of the Federalist Society to assure the far right that he’d make all their wettest dreams come true. We know that Donald Trump said that he’d only appoint justices who’d overturn Roe […]

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