The Modern School Movement

(Published in Fifth Estate, Spring 2022) In the wake of the punitive No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top legislation of the Bush and Obama years, education reform has turned one hundred and eighty degrees. Today, many schools are implementing much more noncoercive practices, like restorative justice and culturally sensitive teaching, which aim …

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Today in Labor History March 18

Today in Labor History March 18, 1741: The New York governor’s complex was burned in an arson attack. The Fort George fire started the New York Conspiracy of 1741. The conspiracy involved a series of fires in Manhattan in the spring of 1741. They were supposedly carried out by slaves and poor whites and Catholics. However, historians disagree as …

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Today in Labor History March 17

1920s-1940s Today in Labor History March 17, 1920: A General Strike in Germany helped defeat the Kapp Putsch. March 17, 1921: The Bolsheviks defeated the Kronstadt mutiny. Trotsky boasted that he would “shoot them like pigeons.” March 17, 1942: The Nazis gassed the first Jews from the Lvov Ghetto at the Belzec death camp. It was located in what is today eastern …

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 Today in Labor History March 16

Today in Labor History March 16, 1811: Luddites attacked machines throughout the northwest of England. They destroyed over 100 frames in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Kirby, Woodborough, Lambley, Bulwell, & Ilkeston in Derbyshire. 19102-1920s Today in Labor History March 16, 1916: The 7th and 10th US cavalry regiments under John J. Pershing cross the US–Mexico border to join the hunt for Pancho Villa. March …

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