Society’s Slideshow by Dave Palmer

Michigan Legislature says “cut” to film incentives

By: Dave Palmer The only thing that stands between retaining a vibrant part of this nation’s economy and its final curtain call is a stroke of Governor Rick Snyder’s pen. And if Snyder does indeed make that stroke on the signature line of this bill, Michigan can say goodbye to more good jobs and more reasons […]

Technolo-gee: Adventures in the Online Job Market

By Dave Palmer Modern society is increasingly turning to electronic solutions for nearly everything. Whether it be shopping, banking, or communicating, we hear the same mantra: It’s faster and more convenient. Job hunting has, of course, been relegated almost entirely to the online world as well. The same idea of greater convenience, easier connection to […]

The future of our children’s education: A case for isolationism

By: Dave Palmer Once again I find myself staring the future right in its ugly face. A future of uncertainty, trepidation, and anxiety. A future in which I am cast into the ranks of the unemployed, though I have not done anything wrong other than choose teaching as a profession. My performance was satisfactory or better on […]

Metro Airport runway crumbling, lack of shock staggering

By: Dave Palmer I started out this year with high hopes for the upcoming 365 days, as I have started many years in the past. And just like in the past, it wasn’t long before I was sorely disappointed, but not entirely shocked. According to an article in the January 5 Detroit Free Press, a […]

Penalizing underfunded schools through further underfunding

By Dave Palmer Yes, you read the headline right, folks. Lansing’s latest and greatest plan to control deficits within school districts is to punish them by withholding funding. Schools that fail to navigate the labyrinthian requirements prescribed in Senate Bills 951-954 and 957 for submitting a deficit elimination plan could see their contribution from the […]

Snyder implements bad approach to education reform

By: Dave Palmer Friday the 13th has always been associated with strange, and sometimes eerie things happening. Heck, there was an entire series of movies dedicated to that idea. As it turns out, this Friday the 13th is no different, according to an article on Governor Snyder’s most recent attempt at school reform in the Detroit […]

Criminalizing homelessness and random acts of kindness

Attention readers! Lock up your wives and your daughters, bar your windows and doors, and prepare to defend yourself! Heinous criminals in Fort Lauderdale were caught (GASP!) distributing food to the homeless! I think I feel faint… According to NBC News, a new ordinance against providing food to the needy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida has […]

Tobacco, Obesity, EBOLA! OH MY!

By: Dave Palmer Lately, it seems like one can hardly come across a television news station that isn’t featuring a story at some point in time about Ebola. The stories tell of the latest infected citizens and the steps being taken to prevent the spread of the disease. The debates surround whether or not we […]

Remove money from politics; our children will thank you

By Dave Palmer There is no doubt that in order to run for office, you need money. Lots of money. Millions of dollars worth of money if you want to serve at the state and national level. Hundreds of millions if you’re shooting for the presidency. Even local elections command anywhere from tens of thousands to […]

Banks want bailout from retirees

By: Dave Palmer Detroit’s bankruptcy case is is full swing, and the stakes couldn’t be higher for Detroit. Ultimately, it will be up to one man, Judge Stephen Rhodes, to decide whether to accept Kevyn Orr’s “Grand Bargain” which would require creditors to accept between 0 and 10 cents on the dollar, cut pensions by 4.5% along with […]

The 24-Hour, No Electronics Challenge

By Dave Palmer June 27th brought some fairly wicked weather to the metro-Detroit area. Thunderstorms with quarter-size and golf-ball-size hail menaced several counties, complete with high-speed winds and reports of tornadoes. While the area that I was in was spared most of the brunt of mother nature’s wrath, she did manage to plunge most of […]

Supreme Court rules against women’s health under guise of religious freedom

By: Dave Palmer June 30th, 2014 has become a red-letter day in history, thanks mostly to the Supreme Court’s latest decision “that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom,” according to the New York Times. The decision was the culmination of a […]

Engineering the Failure of Public Schools, Part 4: High-Stakes Testing

By Dave Palmer Part 4 of 4 The final pieces of the puzzle that shows how public schools are currently being set up for failure are the very many standardized tests students have to take. No matter how many times our representatives and senators in Lansing cut the budget for schools, they always seem to find […]

Justin Bieber’s hype sure to create non-“Beliebers”

By Dave Palmer The 20 year old pop star Justin Bieber has certainly been the center of media attention in the past few months. So far, he has been the target of scrutiny for peeing in a mop bucket at a restaurant, writing that he hoped that Anne Frank would be a “Belieber” if she […]

Engineering the failure of public schools, Part 3: Distance Learning and Technology Implementation

By: Dave Palmer The next piece of the puzzle that shows public schools are being set up for failure comes in the form of technology implementation and distance learning (sometimes referred to as “virtual academies”). While it is important to familiarize today’s students with basic technology that is used in virtually every career a student […]

Engineering the failure of public schools, Part 2: Unrealistic Expectations

By: Dave Palmer Part 2 of 4 Another facet of the attempt to undermine public schools and ensure their failure is contained in the realm of unrealistic expectations. The 2001 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) set the gears of the modern war against public schooling in motion by setting forth both unrealistic expectations and using […]

The birth of the American Oligarchy

Forget July 4th as a national holiday. Mark April 2nd on your calendars as a new holiday: The official birth of the American Oligarchy. The Supreme Court handed down its decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, another campaign finance case aimed at eliminating limits on individual contributions to federal elections. The plaintiffs claimed that their First […]

House Republicans seek to ban national park creation

By: Dave Palmer According to ThinkProgress, House Republicans have scheduled a vote on H.R. 1459, which  would “aims to block presidents from using the Antiquities Act of 1906 to establish new national monuments by putting caps on how many times it can be used, requiring congressional review of proposed monuments, and forcing local communities to […]

Engineering the failure of public schools, Part 1: The Defunding Movement

By Dave Palmer Part 1 of 4 Perhaps the most insidious problem with schools is the giant financial shell game in which districts are forced to participate. The game can be traced back to the 1994 enactment of Proposal A when school funding was taken out of the hands of local school districts and put into […]

The realities of life as a teacher: An introduction to a four-part series.

By: Dave Palmer For many people who have not been in a classroom or received formal training in education, it is difficult to imagine a day in the life of a teacher. Many have most likely painted a mental picture of what it might be like based on their experiences in school. However, the reality is […]

A Rant About Education

By Dave Palmer One of this year’s main talking points for politicians facing re-election or vying for an incumbent’s seat is the state of our nation’s education system. We are past the argument about whether or not schools are broken; most people know they are. The arguments now surround what is the best method to […]

Bieber, teachers, and scalpers, oh my!

By Dave Palmer This past week was rife with so many juicy news stories that it was hard to pick just one to highlight. Therefore, I’ve decided to present three stories along with a brief analysis of them. 1. Two Northville High School special education teachers suspended over high-stakes testing: A report on WDIV’s morning […]

Five ways to put $1.3 billion surplus to work without affecting revenue

By: Dave Palmer Michigan appears to be in the throes of the financial better days many people looked forward to after 2008’s economic meltdown. The Detroit News reported that Michigan’s Senate Fiscal Agency projected “…in December that the state will exceed prior revenue projections by $434 million this budget year, $327 million in 2013-14 and $514 million in […]

A New Year’s Resolution for U.S.: Work Together for Improvement

By: Dave Palmer Our nation is historically rooted in the notion of collectivism. 56 men were present at at the Continental Congresses that forged the Articles of Confederation and the Declaration of Independence. When that grand experiment failed, a group of many of the same people returned to the Continental Congress to draft the U.S. […]

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