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School climate: Students are stuck in a dysfunctional system.


The way our schools are organized is at odds with learning and dispiriting for students. Naturally, some rebel. 

Earl Holdridge, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune At a time when corporations are buying up elections - not to mention the 24-hour news cycle - help ensure that a source for truly independent journalism lives on. Support all reader supported Evergreene Digest today by using the donation button in the above right-hand corner. Cheserek, an 18-year-old junior from Kenya, practiced with teammates at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J., which was closed down in the 1970s but now flourishes. New York Times

May 31, 2016 | I applaud the students who wrote the May 27 commentary “Student voices are to be heard, not ignored.” Their main point: “School climate isn’t about fights and suspensions, but about creating an environment within our schools where everyone can thrive.”

As a teacher-counselor, I’d like to reinforce their thoughts with my observations and experience. Perhaps it will shed some light on giving hope for the kind of school the writers seek.

Earl “Sook” Holdridge is a retired teacher, counselor and businessman with a background in Montessori teacher training.

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From the Archives | The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America

  • The current trend of increasing anti-intellectualism now establishing itself in politics and business leadership, and supported by a declining education system should be a cause for concern for leaders and the general population, one that needs to be addressed now.
  • Related: Donald Trump Has Given the United States a Great Gift

Ray Williams, Psychology Today Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter., 07 Jun 2014 | There is a growing and disturbing trend of anti-intellectual elitism in American culture. It's the dismissal of science, the arts, and humanities and their replacement by entertainment, self-righteousness, ignorance, and deliberate gullibility

Susan Jacoby, author of The Age of American Unreason, says in an article in the Washington Post, "Dumbness, to paraphrase the late senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, has been steadily defined downward for several decades, by a combination of heretofore irresistible forces. These include the triumph of video culture over print culture; a disjunction between Americans' rising level of formal education and their shaky grasp of basic geography, science and history; and the fusion of anti-rationalism with anti-intellectualism." 

Ray Williams is President of Ray Williams Associates, a firm based in Vancouver, providing executive coaching and professional speaking services. 

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Donald Trump Has Given the United States a Great Gift, Bill C. Davis, Common Dreams

  • What he has drawn to the surface are various toxins isolated in a boil ready to burst.
  • Related: What Trump protesters can learn from the civil rights movement


United States Exposed for Being Complicit in Arming and Training Child Soldiers in Afghanistan

  • “There’s nothing heroic about putting a child in danger by arming him and having him fight in a war. The Taliban killed 10-year-old Wasil Ahmad, but those who encouraged him to fight bear responsibility as well,” Patricia Gossman, the senior Afghanistan researcher for Human Rights Watch, told the Guardian.
  • When policy becomes more important than morality, people, including innocent children suffer.

Jay Syrmopoulos, Free Thought Project If you like reading this article, consider contributing a cafe latte to all reader-supported Evergreene Digest--using the donation button above—so we can bring you more just like it. 5, 2016 | The killing of a 10-year-old Afghan boy, Wasil Ahmad by Taliban forces has raised serious questions about the United State’s creation and backing of a militia group using of child soldiers.

Ahmad has been lionized as a national hero in Afghanistan after his death on Monday in the Uruzgan province at the hands of Taliban militants. The boy had previously gained national prominence for helping militia forces break an insurgent siege after his uncle had been wounded.

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