Interregnum Mile Chapter Twelve

The Last Chapter The little boy yawned and stretched his arms wide as if he were a bird atop the tallest oak preparing for a long journey. Then he lowered them gently and wrapped them around his mothers’ waist. Forming a half-smile from the edges of his mouth, trying not to appear too eager, heContinue reading “Interregnum Mile Chapter Twelve”

Book Review: The History of Institutional Racism in U.S. Public Schools (2018, Garn Press) by Susan DuFresne

I recently had the privilege of reading Dufresne’s powerful illustrated history of educational and institutional racism in the United States. Dufresne blends written narrative (which includes both research as well as personal experience) with the language of visual aesthetics. The result is a bittersweet composition of unspeakable sadness and indelible hope. The story unfolds notContinue reading “Book Review: The History of Institutional Racism in U.S. Public Schools (2018, Garn Press) by Susan DuFresne”

Interregnum Mile: Chapter Eleven

NOTE: This is a full-length book, being published chapter by chapter with a new chapter posted every two weeks. Readers will have to stay tuned for “what’s next.” The story is copyrighted by the author (Morna McDermott) but may be freely shared and re-blogged/posted (with citation to the author). The purpose of the story wasContinue reading “Interregnum Mile: Chapter Eleven”

Are you sure it won’t happen here?

(China is monitoring the brain activity of employees in its state-run firms. The technology works by placing wireless sensors in workers’ hats that when combined with AI can spot workplace anxiety or depression. Pictured is a version installed in the cap visors of train drivers Pic courtesy. ) While many would agree this report fromContinue reading “Are you sure it won’t happen here?”

A New Campaign!

http://classroomsnotcomputers.org/ Technology is replacing teachers, Classrooms and students are becoming pipelines of data collection for the profit of private corporate interests. As we saw with the news about Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, we know that “he who owns the data rules the world”. Through powerful lobbying tech companies are transforming education. Technology that gathers information from studentsContinue reading “A New Campaign!”

Letter for BCPS Parents: My Child is Not a Pipeline

(Image courtesy of Alison McDowell) Dear County Council Members, I am writing on behalf of concerned BCPS parents regarding the newest rounds of BCPS policy involving STAT (specially the leasing of 1:1 devices, the amount of assessment and instructional time spent on devices, and data privacy). We, the community, know there is something fundamentally wrongContinue reading “Letter for BCPS Parents: My Child is Not a Pipeline”

Baltimore’s Promise: The “promise” of privatization

(picture courtesy of Alison McDowell) Social Impact Bonds and Baltimore What is a SIB? In an era of tight public budgets, private and philanthropic organizations increasingly are underwriting public services through impact investments, which support a social good while also generating a financial return. In one form of impact investing, pay for success (PFS), anContinue reading “Baltimore’s Promise: The “promise” of privatization”

The Interregnum Mile: Chapter Ten

Susan recognized the sound of the footsteps coming near her before she even saw his figure turn the corner. Her heart seized up instinctively. She placed the paint brush in the jar and stood, frozen, waiting to see his face. Would he look the same? Did she look the same? Self consciously she ran herContinue reading “The Interregnum Mile: Chapter Ten”

The Interregnum Mile: Chapter Nine

CHAPTER NINE (for Don B.) English stood by his carving station, in astute attention, over-compensating for the nervousness he feared his body would reveal. If he were ever caught…. He couldn’t even think about it. He turned his attention to the steaming roast beef, hot under the yellow food lamp. The smell made him nauseous.Continue reading “The Interregnum Mile: Chapter Nine”

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