SchwartzReport: Asking the Rich for 1.5 Percent

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

I am continually struck by the social damage done to the human societies of the Earth because of the abounding grotesque economic inequities. Just look at the United States: There are numerous CEOs making more in an hour than a skilled craftsman whose work may become historically significant can make in a lifetime. And particularly I do not understand why it is not generally understood that seeing that children are fed and educated will change things for the better for everyone.

Every Kid on Earth Could Go to School If the World’s 1,646 Richest People Gave 1.5 Percent

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Nov 7

SchwartzReport: Charter Education, Public Dollars, Ideological Outcomes

Categories: 04 Education
Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

The Charter School Movement, whatever it might have intended in the beginning, has become something of a racket. Like all privatization movements it is about finding a way to tap the public treasury to make profit. Unfortunately, what it was supposed to deliver has not panned out — improved education for children.  Note particularly the involvement of the Koch brothers. For close to a decade they have been exploring ways to use their money to bias the education of children to their worldview on the theory that if they can get them young they can mold them to support the policies they espouse.

How Public Education Dollars Are Flowing Into For-Profit Companies

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Oct 21

Berto Jongman: Outernet Provides Data Offline

Categories: 04 Education
Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Outernet aims to provide data to the net unconnected

“When you talk about the internet, you talk about two main functions – communication and information access,” he told the BBC. “It’s the communication part that makes it so expensive.” So, Outernet focuses instead on information. The project aims to create a “core archive” of the world’s most valuable knowledge, culled from websites including Wikipedia and Project Gutenberg, a collection of copyright-free e-books. This would be updated on roughly a monthly basis.

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Oct 15

Berto Jongman: Harvard to Journal Publishers – Piss Off! Open Access Here We Come…

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Harvard University says it can’t afford journal publishers’ prices

University wants scientists to make their research open access and resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls

Exasperated by rising subscription costs charged by academic publishers, Harvard University has encouraged its faculty members to make their research freely available through open access journals and to resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls.

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Oct 13