We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lapp√©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

President Obama and the Teachers, Part 1 [8:18m video]

from The Real News Network

Paul Jay interviews Karen Lewis who is a school teacher in the South Side of Chicago and President of the Chicago Teachers Union. Listen to this if you want to know what is really happening to public education and the games that the ruling class is playing with the US educational system.