The Cooperative New School and Popular Education

As some of you know, I'm semi-retired from organizing. I love the people who I'm close to that I did work with, but I can no longer handle the pressure and the toxic personalities so prevalent with movement work. There are many that I miss, but there are also many that I don't miss at all.

The Politics of Publishing

What shapes the reputation of academic institutions? The accreditation process in the United States intends to "ensure that institutions of higher education meet acceptable levels of quality."1 While this is certainly important, accreditation agencies that are responsible for ensuring compliance with national standards are private educational associations with their own guidelines for membership of new institutions. They make their own rules.

Objectivity, Subjectivity, and Democracy

Objectivity is the notion that unbiased fact can be established through a disciplined method of thinking.  The concept was invented by Enligtenment thinkers who needed a way to subvert the notion of divine right of kings.  It has been used for years as the basis of democracy Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan's quote, "everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts."  It must also be noted the one of Moynihan's facts is a report that ushered in the era of cultural racism in American policy.

The Theory Behind the Woodfin Plan

The current status quo in urban development argues that we should invest at the top end of the labor pool and that the money those people bring will develop the city, and this is true, the city is developing, but the results are not as significant as they could be if another, more salient development paradigm was implemented. The other paradigm, the one we're pushing, argues for investing at the bottom of the labor pool because it creates higher demand.