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Eulogy for a just society: 1932-2022

For a historically brief period brought about to some degree by the worst economic depression in U.S. history, there was a burst of progress in the economic and social life of the American …

A summertime syllabus

Hey, it's summer!  Tell the students in your life not to sweat the small stuff, such as saving the planet.Put the dysfunctions of the school system on the back burner of your consciousness.

We are close to having the nation take a significant backward step.

Teacher Burnout: Who Put Out the Fire?

What does "teacher burnout" have in common with music?Every musical composition ever written in all genres and styles according to Western musical theory is made up of a unique configuration of just …

For kids’ sake, prop up the schools budget

As things stand, we're in for a big fall. Mayor Adams and the City Council have opted to let the schools budget hemorrhage. They will claim that letting the schools bleed out is an act of fiscal …

Forget democracy, we aren’t even a republic

Under what theory or practice is the United States a “republic” under the definition of the term? 

Homeschooling and the politics of education

We've all heard the phrase "elephant in the room" to describe a significant obstacle or problem in plain sight that people choose to pretend they don't see because for one reason or other they're not …

Gone missing: Democracy

This country is certainly “exceptional.” Particularly given the number of mass shootings, which of late appear to be happening at a rate of one a day.  Take a look at the modern …

The state needs a Covid presumptive pension law

New York’s essential workers are in dire need of a Covid presumptive law to help secure disability pension protections they are being denied. When Covid first struck, and most New Yorkers …

For cops, and for us, qualified immunity is essential

"The next time a cop knocks on your window … tell him who your lawyer is!" That's ballsy advice for someone who may be suspected of driving while intoxicated. No doubt any cop so addressed will …

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