What It Do: Now We Here

The public education system, envisioned by people such as Benjamin Franklin and W.E.B. Du Bois, and built up during the 20th century into a genuine engine of upward economic mobility, has been wounded—mortally, in my opinion.

The aggressive testing regime introduced by No Child Left Behind and implemented by gangster …

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What It Do: Starting From The Bottom

Remember kindergarten? Coloring books. Story time. Finger painting. Paste tacos. Okay, that last one might have just been my experience, but you get the idea. It’s supposed to be about developing a child’s cognitive abilities, social skills, and creative impulses.

Unfortunately, the standardized testing zealots have sunk their pseudo-analytical little …

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What It Do: Dropping Out Part II – A Certain Degree

Last week, this space detailed my recent decision to drop out of college. The predatory nature of the financial aid apparatus along with the restrictive influence of arbitrary curriculum requirements convinced me that the university system was essentially just another hustle, and no longer worth my time and effort.

The …

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What It Do: Dropping Out

Recently, I made the decision to drop out of college. It’s not the first time I’ve done so, but it is the first time I’ve left school while still in good academic standing and of my own free will.

It was not a light decision. I’ve been trying to do …

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What It Do: Destined For Failure

“Call in the cavalry to disrupt this perception of freedom gone wild. God damn it…first one wants freedom, then the whole damn world wants freedom.” – Gil Scott-Heron

Chief Justice John Roberts of the United States Supreme Court has done the job he was hired to do. Legal protections against …

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What It Do: Obama’s Iraq

This could be the worst column I’ve ever written. My view is that President Obama is doing as good a job as could be expected from any human being, given the realities of the world we live in. I voted for him twice, and if our presidents could serve three …

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What It Do: Ignorance Is The New Knowledge

Disturbing rumors have been trickling down from the Great North for several years now, beginning in 2008, when conservative Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave the executive order to phase out the position of National Science Advisor.

At the time, Canadian officials argued that the position was redundant because of …

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What It Do: Never Forget (What?)

The “Never Forget” response to 9/11 has always puzzled me, as if there was ever a possibility that anyone who was cognizant that day would forget what happened, or that we as a nation would ever forget.

I still remember exactly where I was, how I found out, and pretty …

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What It Do: Bombs Over Damascus

For the moment, let’s assume that Syrian President Bashar Assad really did use sarin nerve gas against the Syrian rebels. The argument for military action—i.e. a shit-ton of American bombs—seems to be based on the idea that if Assad successfully thumbs his nose at international law with no consequences, it …

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What It Do: Missing The Point

Allow me to begin this week by apologizing to the reader for once again forcing you to consider Miley Cyrus’—what exactly are we calling it, anyway?—thing she did at the VMAs. I’m tired of it already, and by the time this goes to print, Miley Cyrus and her …

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