Community-Minded, Liberal Parents Don't Homeschool?

Dana Goldstein’s Slate article contending that homeschooling is antithetical to progressive social values has hit a nerve. Goldstein’s thesis is this: Truly community-minded, liberal, progressive parents enroll their children in public school, become involved in the PTO and/or school board, and work to make things better. I used to see her point. I have come to understand that no amount of money or parent involvement is going to make public education anything other than what it is: too big and dysfunctional to be fixed....more
One reason we originally planned to homeschool was our concern that the schools available to us ...more

Virtually Speaking Podcasts for Sunday April 3 - Friday April 8

This week, we talk with DAN ELLSBERG | GLENN GREENWALD | @OURMANINABIKO | DR DAWG | KEVIN WOOD| STUART ZECHMAN | WARREN MOSLER | All programs broadcast and archived at BlogTalkRadio.  Subscribe free at iTunes. Watch for more here  Unusually, this week it's an all-male guest line-up. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••...more

Lawn Signs of The Times

There I was, making a positive faith statement, and I had an uneasy sensation in the pit of my stomach. What is up with that? This kind of spiritually-inclusive proclamation had me worried a bit. Now that has at least as much to say about the times we live in as it does my anxiety level. I told an ordained UCC minister friend in Wisconsin about my feelings. She reminded me that I live in "liberal Massachusetts." I reminded her that my home is about 20 minutes from the African-American church that was burned down the day after Obama was elected ... yep, right here in liberal Massachusetts. ...more

Sappho Speaks: Liberals, Labeling and How Much We Lose

What Would Sappho Say? Lectori Salutem! or L.S. (Greetings to the Reader!) I know we were all taught as children not to call each other names and we know how much racism hurts us as a culture (or at least I hope those reading this blog do) but there as so many more ways we use labels in our lives that shut us off from groups, from information, and from individuals and if you are anything like me, it takes someone pointing it out every now and then for a real wake up call to happen in your life so change can begin to rebuild your way of interacting in the world....more

Limits and Opportunities

To put this entry into context I have to mention that I am diagnosed with both Bipolar and Lupus. The formal diagnosis followed years of severe symptoms and misdiagnosis. Chronic, progressive illnesses that cannot be cured, only kept under control, have changed the way I live absolutely. Before what I could do and afterwards be sick, are exactly those that now I can’t do so I am not too sick. I stop before I even start....more

Bigotry is not an American value

By Caroline Fan Now more than ever, we need a rational and respectful dialogue about how to fix our country’s broken immigration system. But comments like Texas Representative Betty Brown’s recent assertion that legal Chinese American immigrants should adopt Anglophone names that are “easier for Americans to deal with” represents precisely the kind of divisive rhetoric that will keep us from such a levelheaded debate. ...more

Fixing CNBC - with comedians and progressives

Last week, a somewhat comic, somewhat serious feud between Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer brought to the surface what many of us were thinking: CNBC, in particular “Mad Money,” practices pretty shoddy journalism. Stewart stated, and rightly so, that pundits like Cramer serve as a PR machine for Wall Street instead of holding Wall Street accountable. Cramer even admitted to Stewart that he allows guests to tell blatant lies on his show, and fails to challenge or rebut those lies. ...more

As the web changes politics, so politics change the web?

At sixteen I believed the moonlight could change me if it would. I moved my head on the pillow, even moved my bed as the moon slowly crossed the open lattice. —Denise Levertov Change is happening, and though we're weeks from the Inaugural, we're years into the change on the Internet. From web-based political action committees through web-driven campaigns to web-centered efforts at political rebranding, the web has redefined our politics. And it's still changing. ...more

I also appreciated your blog.  As someone in the technology industry, I'm particularly ...more

Why the San Francisco Housing Market is Overpriced

I think I may have finally found the answer.  According to Bill O'Reilly, everyone in SF is homeless and a pot smoker/addict.  We also go to strip clubs every night.  Obviously, since everyone wants to live in SF (on the streets, mind you) and smoke pot while going to strip clubs, that creates the kind of demand that lets an 800 square foot condo sell for $1.1 million.  Oh, and don't forget that's considered recession pricing. Don't believe that SF is completely degenerate?  See for yourself: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c8QDG_8AQI) ...more

Getting Progressives Elected -- Progressive Patriot Fund

I just went to the Progressive Patriots Fund page and voted for the Progressive Patriot I think most deserves/needs the $5000 infusion into her or his campaign. ...more