Thursday, August 25, 2016

 

Shakespeare in Action

Involvement in theatre arts associates with reading proficiency, self-concept, and empathy for others.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

 

Mambo Twist

A lot changed between 1952, when Ernesto "Che" Guevara danced the Mambo in Peru, and in 1962, when teens danced the Twist in America. Excellent portrayals of these popular cultural phenomena can be seen in the movies The Motorcycle Diaries and Pulp Fiction.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

 

Creative Confidence

Integrating physical art into digital creations adds facets of design and exposition to a broader audience, and, in the process, builds creative confidence. Problem-solving, communication and collaboration that includes digital literacy leads to higher-order thinking in every discipline. The powerful learning that results opens up creative avenues that make classrooms 'living, breathing organisms'.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

 

Learning from the Right

In 1989, UC Berkeley published Jerome Himmelstein's study To the Right about the transformation of American conservatism in the Reagan years (1980s), that led to the present influence of Christian white nationalism in the GOP. In a nutshell, they began building a grassroots movement by taking over local school boards, then local governments, and eventually state governments. Now, they are influential in both Congress and the RNC. It didn't happen overnight.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

 

All or Nothing

Sanders supporters in 2016, like Nader supporters in 2000, conflate integrity with intelligence. If they help defeat Hillary, as Nader supporters did Gore, then white nationalism wins the White House.

Sanders supporters should continue to fight for a social welfare state, but helping put Trump in office won't accomplish that. Learning from the past, they should vote Hillary, then fight her administration, and continue taking over the Democratic Party, building on the foundation of the Sanders campaign.

Sanders supporters accomplished a lot, and they would be remiss to throw it all away. If they set their sights on securing their Democratic Party position at the local and state level, they will acquire greater influence at the national level. Real commitment to implementing social values requires thinking long term.



Saturday, July 23, 2016

 

Living in the Ruins

In NoGoZone, Hakim Bey posits the Spectacle as 'the true site of power'. As capitalist societies disintegrate--abandoning "welfare classes" and races, as well as other marginalized groups--the simulacrum of social triage and its corollary no-go zone will come to characterize the specto-state.  

Sunday, July 17, 2016

 

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