Monday, December 22, 2014


Author Mike Rose
If we determine success primarily by a test score, we miss those considerable intellectual achievements that aren’t easily quantifiable. If we think about education largely in relation to economic competitiveness, then we ignore the social, moral, and aesthetic dimensions of teaching and learning.  -- The American Scholar
Mayoral Candidate Bob Fioretti
“We’re the only one in the whole state that’s not an elected school board? Aren’t we shaking our head and saying: 'what’s going on here?' I think the school board needs it. It would reflect the diversity of our city.” -- Sun-Times
Mayoral Candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia 
“This is the board that closed our schools and cut the education budget, following Mayor Emanuel’s orders. Would this have happened with an elected board, responsible to the citizens?” -- Sun-Times 
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
The Police Aren’t Under Attack. Institutionalized Racism Is. Those who are trying to connect the murders of the officers with the thousands of articulate and peaceful protestors across America are being deliberately misleading in a cynical and selfish effort to turn public sentiment against the protestors. -- TIME

Belafonte and Williams
Jesse Williams (Grey's Anatomy)
“Police have been beating the hell out of black people for a very, very, very long time, before the advent of the video camera. And despite the advent of the video camera, there’s still an incredible trend of police brutality and killing in the street.” -- Washington Post
Adam Green
“There are a lot of unchecked boxes with Hillary Clinton when it comes to economic populism and corporate accountability,” said Adam Green, cofounder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “There are definitely red flags.” -- Boston Globe
The Nation

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this. I hadn't seen the above referenced Professor Rose essay, and it's wonderful.

    My fellow alumni, Kareem Abdul-Jabbbar, has been turning out some amazing commentary on race and class. His framing of current events should remind us that he is one of our great scholars, despite being known for his other accomplishments.


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