In the final analysis, the only advantage that democracy has over a much more efficient totalitarian system is the ability to teach its citizens to think out of the box by ensuring everyone has access to a great public education. The present glaring contradiction between attaining the pragmatism necessary for maintaining a viable democracy and our present education system is that it has not been able to fulfill the function of sufficiently educating the future citizens of this country for a long time. The only reason that it was able to get away with it for so long is that we only reached the physical boundaries of this incredibly rich country during the massive westward migration during and after WWII. Finally, waste of this country's most vital resource -- it's youth -- can no longer continue in what is becoming more and more a highly competitive world...
Last Monday, March 16, 2010, radio and podcast Democracy Now with
Amy Goodman spent an hour with Debbie Almontaser, the former principal
of the Kahlil Gabran International Academy in Brooklyn, New York.
Almontaser was forced out of her position in 2007 by Deputy Mayor
Dennis Walcott upon orders of Mayor Bloomberg. Mayor Bloomberg
succumbed to pressure from bigots in New York and elsewhere who had
launched a smear campaign against Principal Almontaser
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