Why Finland Sets The Benchmark For Education Worldwide

Why Finland Sets The Benchmark For Education Worldwide

When looking at large-scale international studies and comparisons of education systems worldwide, everyone’s always talking about Finland. Finland seems to set the benchmark for education worldwide. Foreign educational experts, delegations of teachers and educational politicians...

The Real Revolution: Follow Your Dreams

The Real Revolution: Follow Your Dream

Hermann Hesse predicted that when enough individuals begin to listen to na­ture’s voice and pay heed to their own dreams — including their visions, in­tuitions, and instinctive promptings — the greatest revolution in all history will unfold. This is not an ending, but rather a beginning.

Did Gandhi Win? How Social Movements Effect Change

How Did Gandhi Win? How Social Movements Effect Change

For those who seek to understand today’s social movements, and those who wish to amplify them, questions about how to evaluate a campaign’s success and when it is appropriate to declare victory remain as relevant as ever. To them, Gandhi may still have something useful and unexpected to say. 

Real Sustainable Development Requires Change Through Culture

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Next up on the global development agenda: the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). The UN hopes the goals will form a framework of rules and ideals that can influence development plans and actions around the world...

How Capitalism, Democracy, and Liberal Education Must Change

How Capitalism, Democracy, and Liberal Education Must Change

Capitalism, democracy, and liberal education are the crowning achievements of the mental age of evolution in which the mind evolves. These three represent a quantum leap in ordinary people's access to what the mind does best: process deep questions of meaning...

The Human Imprint: Large in Human and Biological Events

The Human Imprint: Large in Human and Biological Events

While in the timeframe of Earth’s lifespan human events are relatively short, the imprint of even small, collective action is large. A good example in relation to food and the environment is the impact of the Neolithic revolution of farming on who we are today and the world in which we live.

Help Them Anyway: Becoming A Public Citizen and Volunteer

Help Them Anyway: Becoming Public Citizens and Volunteers

by Kent M. Keith. The world will change when more and more people carve out time from their busy schedules to raise questions, challenge assumptions, set high standards, and pitch in to help each other. The meaning that people find in their work and families will be.....

Fast Food Workers Plan Civil Disobedience As Employers Freak Out

Fast Food Workers Plan Civil Disobedience As Employers Freak Out Over NLRB Ruling

On the heels of what many are calling a historic convention of over 1,200 fast food workers held in the Chicago suburbs last weekend, the campaign for "$15 and a union" won a major National Labor Relations Board decision that, if upheld, could have significant repercussions throughout the industry...

It Is Getting Easier Everyday To Be Serious About Privacy

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Nothing shocks me too much anymore about online abuses of privacy. It is hard to know just who you can trust online these days. We are being asked "Who are you going to believe? Me or your lying eyes". Well, it appears my eyes haven't been lying too much lately...

Fast or Slow Reform: Frances Fox Piven’s Theory of Disruptive Power

Piven’s Theory Of Disruptive Power

Mostly, the work of social change is a slow process. It involves patiently building movement institutions, cultivating leadership, organizing campaigns and leveraging power to secure small gains. If you want to see your efforts produce results, it helps to have a long-term commitment.

Environmentalism's Benefits On Display

How Grassroots Organizing Came To The Rescue In West Virginia’s Water Crisis

An estimated 10,000 gallons of the coal-processing chemical MCHM, along with an unknown amount of a second substance called PPH, spilled into West Virginia’s Elk River — just upstream from a municipal water intake that serves nine counties. While government and industry have been slow to respond, some remarkable community organizing has taken place...

Overcoming Greed, Ill-Will and Delusion In Our Institutions

Draft Overcomming Greed, Ill-will And Delusion In Our Institutions

All institutions are the mirror image of the motivations that make them work. So when politics and economics are based on the worst aspects of human nature, the inevitable result are societies riddled with inequality and violence.

Should We Fight The System or Be The Change?

Should We Fight The System Or Be The Change?

It is an old question in social movements: Should we fight the system or “be the change we wish to see”? Should we push for transformation within existing institutions, or should we model in our own lives a different set of political relationships that might someday form the basis of a new society?

Expanded Role for Schools Needed to Respond to Realities of Today's World

Expanded Role for Schools Needed to Respond to Realities of Today's World

Raising children in today's world is much more challenging than it was in the Fifties. Many parents, whether in intact families, single-parent families, divorced families, or remarried families with stepchildren and half siblings, are crying out for help. The role of public schools needs to be expanded and revamped...

Are Lectures Really The Best Way To Learn?

Are Lectures A Good Way To learn?

Research study compares traditional lectures with active learning in science, engineering and mathematics. Traditional lecture-based courses are correlated with significantly poorer performance in terms of failure rates and marks.

Social Change Needed at the Checkout Counter

Social Change Needed at the Checkout Counter

The girl behind the checkout counter at the Shop Rite supermarket sighed deeply and pushed her manager call button. “WIC,” the checkout girl said, turning the three letters that stand for the government-funded supplemental nutrition program in the USA into a long whine...

Cooperation and Collaboration: Why Your Movement Can't Go It Alone

Cooperation And Why Your Movement Can't Go It Alone

Is it climate change, which makes droughts more severe and more likely to persist? Is it the labor policies that allowed the worker's wages to be cut? Or is it that NAFTA has flooded the Mexican market with cheap, U.S.-grown corn since 1996, forcing him to leave his family’s farm and migrate to California in the first place?

Architect of No Child Left Behind Law: “I Was Wrong”

Architect of No Child Left Behind Law: “I Was Wrong”

In her new book, Diane Ravitch — one of the leading thinkers behind the controversial Bush-era law — explores how the faulty logic of high-stakes testing, charter school expansion, and privatization hinders education...

You Don't Have to Be a Karate Champ to Prevent Street Crime

You Don't Have to Be a Karate Champ to Prevent Street Crime

While crime rates have dropped dramatically in most US cities over the past two decades, there has been a recent uptick in robberies of cell phones and laptops, which can be easily sold over the Internet. What we can to do to deter criminals, who rob of us of our peace of mind as well as possessions?

Peaceful Revolution? Gandhi’s Four Paths to Get There

Peaceful Revolution? Gandhi’s Four Paths to Get There

The Indian leader saw nonviolence as an active and powerful thing — not just the absence of war. Gandhi lived Ahimsa as a daily practice, waging peace to stop war and violence. His lifelong “experiments” with truth proved that truth force is more powerful than brute force.

The Math Error Behind 30 Years of Education Policy

The Math Error Behind 30 Years of Education Policy

The push to reform America’s failing schools dates to a 1983 report, “A Nation at Risk,” which found that U.S. students’ test scores were plummeting. The study's failure to consider factors like poverty, race, and immigration concealed the fact that scores were actually improving.

Living on the Edge of Civilization -- Like The Wild Grapes

Living On the Edge Like The Wild Grapes

There’s a country path I walk often, near where I live, that borders the edge of a vineyard. There’s a place along this path where some grapevines have escaped under and over the barbed wire vineyard fence and now grow wild.

Discipline With Dignity Promises The End of Shut Up & Sit Down

Discpline With Dignity Promises The End Of Shut Up And Sit Down

We were about to put this kid out of school, when what he really deserved was a medal. As executive director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, Fania Davis sees programs like hers as part of the way to end the school-to-prison pipeline.

Being a Better World Shopper: Supporting The Good Guys

Being a Better World Shopper: The Good Guys & the Bad Guys

After surviving near financial meltdown, devastating oil spills, and enormous bank bailouts, we're finally beginning to understand the deep connection between our economic and our political lives. To bring about real change, we'll need some powerful tools...

It Is Time to Unlearn What We Learned in School

It Is Time to Unlearn What We Learned in School

A lot of community education involves unlearning what we've learned in the school system, things that undermine our faith in our own ability to think for ourselves, undermine the development of our unique abilities, undermine our ability to be happy...

Women of the World Call for Urgent Action on Climate & Sustainability

Women of the World Call for Urgent Action on Climate & Sustainability

by the Women of the World. This is a time for collaboration at a global level as never before required. We can and must join together as women to take action with common but differentiated responsibilities for achieving sustainability. We must act now for ourselves, for future generations, for all living things on Mother Earth...

The Journey: From Black Exhaust Smoke to Green Sustainability

The Journey: From Black Exhaust Smoke to Green Products & Sustainability

One of my first memories of taking an environmental stance was in the late 60s. I was about ten years old, and I refused to ride in my dad's Opal that was burning some serious motor oil. I do not remember why I was so concerned about the gray-blue smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe, but...

Education or Isolation? Modern Rules in an Ancient Game

Education or Isolation? Modern Rules in an Ancient Game

Schools have made a strong impact on American youth, in good ways and bad. As an advocate for education and learning in general, it is not my intention to denigrate education, but instead to point out that...

Working With Faith Leaders For Environmental Justice

Working With Faith Leaders For Environmental Justice

My own vision for the coming decade places communities at the center of dialogue, planning, action and change. My hope is to educate community members and congregations so they can better...

How To Make Social Movements Matter

Veteran activist and organizer Marshall Ganz, joins Bill to discuss the power of social movements to effect meaningful social change.

Teachers Protest and Win Against Standardized Testing

Teachers Protest And Win Against Standardized Testing

After months of protest, teachers, students and parents in Seattle, Washington, have won their campaign to reject standardized tests in reading and math. In January, teachers at Garfield High School began a boycott of the test, saying it was wasteful and...

Can Domesticated Civilizations Find Balance?

Can Domesticated Civilizations Find Balance?

If we take away the governing bodies that propel us to destroy our land base and each other; if the forces that domesticate us were to cease, would we naturally find balance and heal, like all other living things?

The Real Debate Over American Citizenship

The Real Debate Over American Citizenship

On one side are those who think of citizenship as a matter of exclusion and privilege — of protecting the nation by keeping out those who are undesirable, and putting strict limits on who is allowed to exercise the full rights of citizenship. On the other are those who think of citizenship inclusively...

Changing Direction: Transforming our Consumer Society into a Regenerative Society

Changing Direction: Transforming our Consumer Society into a Regenerative Society

The world is going through a crisis. Although most governments have pledged themselves to help develop a peaceful, sustainable, and socially just world, it is almost as if humankind has been gripped by a collective death wish. Though this is a time of great danger, fortunately it is also a time of great opportunity. Today, we have the...

Hunger & Poverty: What We Can Do About It

Hunger & Poverty: What We Can Do About It

Just as spending on social housing for homeless people has been widely proven to be more cost-effective than leaving people on the streets, so too is spending on food being proven as a way to save costs. Healthy eating prevents chronic diseases among people of all ages, from pre-school children to...

Collaboration: A New Era of Empowerment

Collaboration: A New Era of Empowerment

Collaborative groups are everywhere. They might be a group of neighbors coming together to plan how their town can make a transition to a more energy efficient economy or a church group planning a bake sale. They could be a group of anarchist forest defenders...

The Mayan Prophecy: The End or The Beginning?

The Mayan Prophecy: The End or The Beginning?

We need to put our entire mind and heart into pursuing unity and unity now, to confront the other side and preserve life. Our planet can be renewed or ravaged. Now is the time to awaken and take action. Everyone is needed...

Root Causes of Unitive and Punitive Justice: Oneness and Duality

Root Causes of Unitive and Punitive Justice: Oneness and Duality

We are so accustomed to the status quo that we think this is how it has to be. Old institutions are tenacious, and they have long tentacles rooted in history and in a multitude of choices made by our ancestors. Law, history, religion, science, and culture all play a role in keeping us entrenched in dysfunctional structures...

Creating a Future That Works For All of Us

Recapturing the American Spirit: Creating a Future That Works For All of Us by Tim Ryan

We intuitively know that if we are going to recapture the American spirit, it will be because millions of our citizens will begin to see the power of being connected and moving in the same basic direction, regardless of our inevitable and necessary differences...

Revolution! The First Principle of Aquarius & The Aquarian Age

Revolution! The First Principle of Aquarius

As revolution is a highly charged word that stirs fear in many quarters, it's useful to get clear here about what it does and does not mean in the Age of Aquarius. It simply means a "turning back," and implies that power has somehow been...

Stainless Steel Mouse: The Leader of a New Revolution

Stainless Steel Mouse: The Leader of a New Revolution

It's plain to all freedom-loving people that the Internet is either the battleground for freedom, or the means by which love workers will achieve freedom without battle. One way or the other, some of us, at least, must know how to use the most powerful instrument of freedom since the printing press...

The 2012 Agreement: Bringing Forth A New World

The 2012 Agreement: Bringing Forth A New World

From the level of our soul, we all made agreements to be here at this time. Our job is to usher in a new way of life, an entirely new reality. Like midwives, we are here to help in giving birth to a golden age of manifestation upon the Earth...

10 Steps to Starting a Community Garden


10 Steps to Starting a Community Garden by Peter Ladner

Community gardens deliver their biggest added value when they're sited in places like parking lots and abandoned industrial sites. However, two neighbors in Vancouver have put together a new kind of commu­nity garden. It's made up of the backyards of residents in two city blocks...

Student Loans Interest Rates to Double: Pres Obama Says No!

Student Loans Interest Rates to Double: Pres Obama Says No!

Student Loan interest rates are set to double on July 1st unless the Congress steps in... Sign the petition to send to your representative in Congress and then watch the video of President Obama as he visits Jimmy Fallon on Late Night to slow-jam his plea for the students...

Making Your Community a Better Place to Bike: Grassroots Bicycle Advocacy

Making Your Community a Better Place to Bike: Grassroots Bicycle Advocacy

If you’re interested in making your community a better place to bike, you can make a difference. First, make a list of the obstacles and opportunities you see. What is in the way of a safe ride for you, or anyone, where you live? What is your vision for a bicycle-friendly neighborhood or town?

2012: One Small Step For the Mayan Calendar

Swami’s State of the Universe 2012

Back here on earth, the human comedy has been renewed for yet another season. Maybe 2012 will be the year a critical mass of the heretofore-uncritical masses wake up and hear the laugh track. That’s right, the laugh track. In these serious times when there’s definitely something funny going on, laughter is key. You laugh, and I say, “Fabulous. You’re off to a good start.”

Reform Needed When Students Must Prostitute Themselves to Pay for College

Prostitution Among Medical Students? Things are starting to get out of hand when our youngsters have to turn to the "free market" to pay for their college education. Sex work among medical students is on the rise, claims a new editorial, published in the journal Student BMJ.

Why Does The Right Show Disrespect Towards President Obama?

Why Does The Right Show Disrespect Towards President Obama?

Many of us can hardly believe the disrespect that is sometimes shown to President Obama. Not only has he been portrayed as un-American, but even as "not-an-American".. I understand how the right could be passionate enough to show disrespect to the man holding the office.

Can Meditation be a Tool to Help Prisoners Outgrow Crime?

Can Meditation be a Tool to Help Prisoners Outgrow Crime?

What should be done about prisoners? Should society lock them up and throw away the key? Or should we try to rehabilitate them (indeed, is it possible to do so)? Balancing the safety of society with the rights of prisoners is an old problem — and different solutions have been proposed.  At this time, however...

Ted Turner Shares His Voluntary Initiatives

Ted Turner Shares His Voluntary Initiatives

Ted Turner has conquered the business world. Now he wants to help save the world. Watch as he shares a list of voluntary initiatives he believes would help conserve valuable natural resources and restore peace and harmony to earth. Be inspired to make a difference.

How Norway and Sweden Became Exceptional Norway and Sweden

Norway and Sweden true exceptionalism

While many of us are working to ensure that the Occupy movement will have a lasting impact, it’s worthwhile to consider other countries where masses of people succeeded in nonviolently bringing about a high degree of

democracy and economic justice.

Key Issues in the Republican debates?

With all the Republican-candidate nomination hoopla and numerous debates, there needs to be some levity in the process. You might feel that the candidates have already provided a lot of entertainment on and off stage (not usually intentionally), but here is another humorous take on political candidates.

Decriminalization: A Step in the Right Direction

Decriminalization: A Step in the Right Direction, article by Julie Holland, M.D.

It doesn’t take an expert to see that things are very wrong with the current legal status of cannabis. Our government says there is no accepted medical use for it, yet it holds a patent (#6630507) for medicinal use of cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants, and it distributes canisters of rolled joints to a few select patients in the...

NAACP Appeals to the UN For Protection of Voting Rights

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The report, Defending Democracy: Confronting Modern Barriers to Voting Rights in America, details a plethora of voter suppression initiatives, most of them pushed in states with large African-American populations and where voting turnout has surged.

Who is Locking Up Who?

Did you hear the one about the police officers who went to arrest Occupy Wall Street protesters in Springfield, Missouri? Well turns out after they did round up the protesters but the police officers are not the ones who had the last laugh!

OWS's March To The C

OWS Marches To The C

Continuously updated during the march (Nov. 9-23) updated Nov. 22, 2:43 p.m. EasternTwo more days of marching before arriving in DC in time for the super committee meeting on the 23rd. Leaving Occupy Baltimore today and heading to Laurel, MD.

Marianne Williamson: We Are Stewards for Democracy

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Marianne Williamson, a long-time proponent of spirituality and transformation, speaks at a Unity Church in Berkeley and sheds light on why political transformation is also part of our stewardship of the Earth. She begins with some historical info: William Penn and his Quaker tenets of "everyone is created equal", slavery, abolition...

Best Persons: Dorli Rainey

Eighty-four-year-old activist Dorli Rainey on the need to take action and spread the word of the Occupy movement and her experience getting pepper-sprayed by the police during an Occupy Seattle demonstration.

Occupy Movement Displays New Military Urbanism

Occupy Movement RaidsPolice Crackdowns on Occupy Protests from Oakland to New York herald the "New Military Urbanism" as police forces violently crack down on protests across the United States and Europe. A look at the increasing influence of military technology on domestic police forces.

Gingrich Allegedly Paid $1.6 Million + By Freddie Mac

Newt Gingrich said he “offered Freddie Mac advice on precisely what they didn’t do,” and warned the company that its lending practices were “insane.” Former Freddie Mac executives who worked with Gingrich dispute that account.

Why Occupy Wall Street Needs Michael Bloomberg

In a Special Comment, Keith contextualizes Mayor Bloomberg’s actions against Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park and how they have – unintentionally – vaulted the movement from a local nuisance to a global platform for the disenfranchised.

A Passionless Presidential Race

Barack Obama On The Stump

Polls show Americans angrier and more polarized than at any time since the Vietnam War. Yet paradoxically the presidential race that officially begins a few months from now is likely to be as passionless as they come.

Handlers Wish For Perry Moment

In a recent interview Herman Cain advisers must have wished for a Rick Perry moment. For those that missed that performance, what is a Rick Perry Moment? John Stewart adds to the moment of course.

Occupy Oakland Encampment Raided for Second Time

Occupy OaklandDemocracy Now! correspondent John Hamilton says, unlike the first police raid which used tear gas and rubber bullet projectiles, this time police have massed in large numbers: as many as 1,000 officers are on the scene.

Gingrich Takes Lead In Anybody But Romney Race

Newt Gingrich has taken the lead in PPP's national polling.  He's at 28% to 25% for Herman Cain and 18% for Mitt Romney.  The rest of the Republican field is increasingly looking like a bunch of also rans: Rick Perry is at 6%, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul at 5%, Jon Huntsman at 3%, and Gary Johnson and Rick Santorum each at 1%.

Occupy Portland Confrontation Mostly Peaceful

A day after Portland police cleared Occupy Portland protesters from three downtown parks, Mayor Sam Adams says the overall Occupy Wall Street movement needs to refocus.

A Maverick Judge "For The People"?

Federal judge Jed Rakoff, a former prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s office here in New York, is fast becoming a sort of legal hero of our time. He showed that again yesterday when he shat all over the SEC’s latest dirty settlement with serial fraud offender Citigroup, refusing to let the captured regulatory agency sweep yet another case of high-level criminal malfeasance under the rug.

GOP CNBC Debate 11-9-2001

Romney wins again by default in the "Anybody but Romney" GOP nomination process. This debate will undoubtedly be remembered as Rick Perry's last hurrah as a contender.

Koch-Backed Anti-Worker Policy Soundly Rejected

From the historic uprising in Madison, Wisconsin, to the Occupy movement that has swept the country, people power is becoming the coin of the realm. And Tuesday night in Ohio, that coin proved more valuable than the checkbooks of moneyed interests on either side of the divide.

David Crosby: America About To Wake Up

David Crosby and Graham Nash At Occupy Wall StreetUpdated November 10, 2011 - David Crosby and Graham Nash, two key voices of the Woodstock generation, performed at Occupy Wall Street. They also appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann to discuss their visit to Occupy Wall Street. Comparisons were made between today's movement and those of the past.

Supporters of OWS and Tea Party At Odds Over Income Gap

More than six in 10 Americans see a widening gap between the wealthy and the less well-off in this country, and about as many want the federal government to try to shrink the divide, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Participating For Sense of Community

According to Bishop Gene Robinson, people are mourning that our society has become one of every man, woman, and child for themselves. Instead our discussion should be about our responsibility to each other. We need to be reconnected so my well being is dependent on your well being.

Grannys and Pappys Show Younguns How at Occupy Chicago

Seniors showed up at Occupy Chicago rally to protest cuts to safety net programs. Police issued citations to 43 of the protesters and one was said to be 100 and several in wheel chairs. About fifty members of the group Jane Addams Senior Caucus sat in the intersection

Ten economic protests that changed history

The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations and tea party rallies are the latest of more than 200 years of economic protest that have brought down governments and changed the course of nations.

Gingrich Up Again in the Anybody But Romney Race?

Gingrich moving up in polls. In John King's interview with Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker says his campaign offers substance and bold ideas that are attracting new support.

Bill Moyers on US Politics: Tony Soprano Style

Public Citizen, a non-profit consumer rights group, celebrated 40 years of progress with a festive gala on Thursday, October 20, 2011. Nearly 600 friends and supporters shared the night as PC reflected on decades of amazing accomplishments and looked to the future.


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