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I’ve been in the Motha Land for a little over three weeks now and I’ve yet to deliver on my promise to my many anxious followers that I would blog while I was here. I’ve had a lot of poignant moments which deserve sharing but it’s a little hard to know where to start. So,…

My Slave Name

During the Spring of 2006, I decided to change my name. I had always figured that my last name, Goodridge, was a slave name. It is my father’s name, his father’s before him, and his father’s before him. All black men. Goodridge certainly didn’t seem like an African name so I assumed that it was…

Political Messages of The Dark Knight Rises

Like millions of Americans, I watched The Dark Knight Rises this past weekend. It was entertaining. A good good-guy, a very bad bad-guy, and lots of explosions, shooting and hand to hand combat. But I couldn’t fully enjoy all of the action and plot twists because the political undertones of the movie were extremely troubling.…

Mitt Romney, Obama, and Money in Presidential Campaigns

Mitt Romney has been under some intense scrutiny lately as a result of recent revelations about his role in outsourcing American jobs and his personal offshore bank accounts. As a more detailed image of Romney’s financial track record has emerged it has become increasingly clear (as if it wasn’t clear already) that Romney is a…

Education and the Economy (Part 2)

“Under corporate capitalism, the objectives of liberal educational reform are contradictory: It is precisely because of its role as producer of an alienated and stratified labor force that the educational system has developed its repressive and unequal structure. In the history of U.S. education, it is the integrative function which has dominated the purpose of…

Education and the Economy (Part 1)

A recent Associated Press analysis of government data revealed that about half of young college grads are unemployed or underemployed. According to AP, “about 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed.” As disheartening as these numbers are, they’re not that surprising. The recession…

Standardized Tests and Charter Politics

On Thursday, the School District of Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission voted not to renew the charters of three schools. This is a new and, in many ways, encouraging move for the SRC to take. For years, the SRC has approved charter renewals even in the face of serious violations and mismanagement. Though this new SRC…