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Sunday Sermon: The Work That Even God Cannot Do
The senior minister my church, the Rev. Jim Nelson at Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena, holds a "Preacher in You" class each year to teach church members how to write a sermon ...
RobertNiles 08/31/2014 5 6 - -
Three things we need, and three we don't, to improve public education
If we're going to improve public schools in America, we need three things: 1) The abolition of charter schools and voucher programs -- all public funds should be spent on schools under voter control.
RobertNiles 05/01/2014 4 4 - -
Here's the real problem with America's education system (and it ain't teachers)
Want to know the real problem with America's education system? Here it is: Millions of American graduates are discovering that their education isn't paying off with the middle-class (or, for top ...
RobertNiles 01/27/2014 13 11 - -
The many problems with Common Core
My son's eighth-grade math class has begun implementing the new national "Common Core" math standards, and the new education curriculum already has taught me something. As my college roommate wrote ...
RobertNiles 11/27/2013 15 10 - -
Public schools aren't broken. So why are we trying so hard to break them?
If a group of wealthy children of college-education parents — kids who get homework help at home and tutoring on the weekends — score better on a test than a group of poor children of non-...
RobertNiles 11/03/2013 23 16 - -
We Can't Go on Arguing Like This
My post last week on the 'myth of the excellent teacher' elicited an intriguing comment from a reader that it should be easier to get rid of the worst of the worst teachers in a school system. ...
RobertNiles 03/11/2013 4 7 - -
The myth of the 'excellent teacher'
Sure, I've had several teachers over my life whom I considered excellent. But just because a specific teacher was excellent for me doesn't guarantee that same teacher was excellent for every other ...
RobertNiles 03/07/2013 17 40 3 -
Let's not honor violence by allowing it to drive us apart
So my son's school is getting locked down for an hour tomorrow morning. The school announced the drill in response to last week's shooting in Connecticut. One of my former Disney co-workers posted ...
RobertNiles 12/20/2012 3 2 - -
Can we fight Hollywood's right-wing narrative on public education?
Republicans like to stereotype Hollywood as the Land of Liberals. But when it comes to portraying public education, Hollywood is anything but progressive. The (staged) documentary "Waiting for ...
RobertNiles 09/19/2012 4 8 - 52
Let's Celebrate Labor Day with a 'Right to Bargain' Amendment
Here's my wish for this Labor Day - that someone Democrat in Congress would introduce a proposed 28th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, to protect the rights of working class ...
RobertNiles 09/02/2012 6 5 - 37
No, sorry, you really didn't build that
So who really builds America's businesses? Is it entrepreneurs? Or is it the government? The real answer is neither , and I'll get to that in a moment. The whole issue of "who built that" blew up ...
RobertNiles 08/28/2012 5 5 - 54
Krugman's wrong on poverty and education
I don't usually disagree with Paul Krugman, the Nobel laureate in economics who writes for the New York Times. But this week, he blew it in his column about ...
RobertNiles 01/09/2012 24 21 - 264
Why I send my children to public schools
My two children, ages 14 and 11, attend their local public schools, and have since kindergarten. Why do I send my children to public schools? 1. Public schools work. Every year, millions of ...
RobertNiles 10/09/2011 25 15 1 81
Message for 2012: Tax cuts for the rich vs. jobs
Here's the 60-second TV/radio commercial I would love to hear some Democratic candidate the grow the backbone to deliver: "Our government is drowning in debt. So we're laying off teachers and now ...
RobertNiles 06/24/2011 7 3 1 44
GOTV for 2012 starts TODAY
Like many of you, I've spent time during past campaigns trying to get out the vote. But every morning after an election, I find myself asking: "Did it matter?" For every would-be voter I have a ...
RobertNiles 11/03/2010 8 1 - 17
Hello, cruel world!
Richard Sherman, the man who brought the world the "It's a Small World" song, recently told a story about Walt Disney . Walt was ...
RobertNiles 12/16/2009 13 6 - 47
Schwarzenegger asks for CA budget ideas, via Twitter
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today asked for his Twitter followers to suggest ideas to address California's multi-billion-dollar budget ...
RobertNiles 06/09/2009 64 6 1 55
The Geithner get-rich-quick scheme for house flippers
I live in Pasadena, California. For the past six years, my wife and I have been wanting to buy a house (we'd be first-time home buyers), but since we did not want to take out an option ARM or some ...
RobertNiles 03/24/2009 16 20 2 15
It's up to you to spread the news now. Will you?
This morning, I appeared as a guest on WHYY's Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane , talking about the future on newspapers. Tom Rosenstiel of the ...
RobertNiles 02/12/2009 3 4 - 2
Ugh, the wingnuts are taking over our site
Help us, Kossacks. (Violin-playing Kossacks, especially. You'll see why later in the post.) We need some help handling the wingnuts who are out in force on our own site. My wife posted a blog entry ...
RobertNiles 10/28/2008 99 22 - 19
Why do Americans hate the bailout? It's the gambling, stupid.
I think many journalists and analysts are missing the core story underlying the populist revolt over the Bush administration's proposed Wall Street bailout. People aren't merely upset with the idea ...
RobertNiles 09/30/2008 15 18 1 -
My dream Obama ad, 9/24/08
Here's the ad I would love to see on my TV * today: NARRATOR: John McCain says he's suspending his presidential campaign because of trouble in the U.S. economy. Funny, last week McCain ...
RobertNiles 09/24/2008 2 5 - -
My 'No on the Bailout' Letter
Here is the message that I just sent to my representative and two Senators in the U.S. Congress about the Bush administration's $700 billion-plus bailout plan for its Wall Street cronies:
RobertNiles 09/21/2008 4 7 - -
The Great Whiner
The Great Communicator Whiner: Next Tuesday all of you will go to the polls, will stand there in the polling place and make a decision. I think when you make that ...
RobertNiles 07/16/2008 4 2 - 1
Say it ain't so, Hillary
Mrs. Clinton, I read on the Associated Press wire today that you have proposed a moratorium ...
RobertNiles 12/05/2007 18 10 - -
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