Reading Articles about Real Estate Sales in the Wall Street Journal
There was a third real estate story in todayĂ˘€™s Wall Street Journal: Asking price for an English Cotwold Estate on the coast of Maine: $6.3 million. This 5,800-square-foot home has only four bedrooms and 6 1/2 bathrooms.
The poverty rate at the nearby Riverton School in Portland in 67%.
If you need a reminder of the income gap in this country, then you can read the annual New York Times feature, Neediest Cases. Take Rosa Alberto, who adopted her grandchildren aged 10 and 5 after their mother died. The news account doesnĂ˘€™t indicate how many square feet their living space is, but Ms Alberto sleeps on a mattress on the floor in the childrenĂ˘€™s room so she can rent out a room in their apartment to a couple for $600 a month. When the children outgrew the bed they shared, Ms. Alberto turned to Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York, one of the seven agencies supported by The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund, and received $275 to help buy a bunk bed and school clothes.
Those children attend public school. Do you think their teachersĂ˘€™ college GPAs or those teachersĂ˘€™ devotion to the Common Core Curriculum and Testing mandate will be the deep and abiding element in their education futures?
NOTE: Although the New York Times does pull at our heartstrings once a year with this Neediest Cases section, their frequent stories on real estate tend to run along the lines of What a couple can get for $2,300 a month rent. The intent seems to be to leave the reader relieved that the couple manage to find a space NOT near a school (they were afraid of the noise) and where they could negotiate for a portable dishwasher.
Let's remember FDR's second inaugural address, in which he reminded the nation:
Our politicos has definitely failed this test. The economic gap between the uber-wealthy and the growing number of people living in poverty is obscene. As we face the incessant noise of an upcoming presidential election, we should remember that "The Solution" will not and cannot come at the polls when we are faced with what John R. MacArthur calls the "bipartisan oligarchy," two arms of the Corporate Party.
Remember Prince Salina in The Leopard? He said, "Ours is a country of arrangements." Stephen Marshall refers to this movie in Wolves in SheepĂ˘€™s Clothing: The New Liberal Menace in America: Prince Salina explains that the election was merely a ruse to 'cure' the passions of the people who had become 'overexcited' by Garibaldi's victories. He understands that the elite will always hold true power, as long as the masses are focused on the battles waged at the political level, where the results are superficial and without any true impact.
Look at those real estate ads and know that Glen Ford at Black Agenda Report is right: "There is only one alternative, and that is mass political action in opposition to the rule of the rich. Without a people's movement, the people inevitably lose."
This is why we've lost in education: no mass movement against federal policy. People would rather complain about DIBELS than refuse to do it.
Revolution begins at home-- and it can start in our classrooms. Taking back our curriculum and our classroom means taking back our professionalism. This is the political choice that could make the difference we need. We are the only ones who can save us:
"A false friend is more dangerous than an open enemy."--Francis Bacon
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