Author Archives: riredteacher

About riredteacher

I'm a foreign language teacher and socialist in Rhode Island.

Ken Wagner: “joy” in the classroom?

It’s been seven months since Rhode Island said farewell to Deb Gist, who has gone on to an exciting career in entertainment. She was replaced by Ken Wagner, who strikes me as a non-entity.

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My new year’s resolution: to write more than one post in 2016.

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Why I’m Running

Below is the campaign statement I submitted for the BWEA Election, which takes place this Friday. I’m running for VP of the local, and here’s why. ——–

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The Union’s Election Day Dilemma

I had meant to write something about the election before now. But with these candidates, what is there to write? They are all corporate tools. A vote for any of them, even the “less worse”, is nothing more than a … Continue reading

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A Brief History

Prefatory Note: the following was written over the summer and intended as part of a larger document for discussion among CDPE members. That document did not come to fruition, but I felt that it may be of use none the … Continue reading

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Who will be the lesser evil in 2014?

Prefatory note: Over the weekend, I used the wonder of social media to raise some questions about today’s primary elections. I received a personal message from someone in my union, the National Education Association of Rhode Island (NEARI), expressing their … Continue reading

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A Note on Foundational Assumptions

There is no going back. We are forty years into that phase of capitalism that those in economic and radical circles know as “neoliberalism”.  Margaret Thatcher famously defined it as “There Is No Alternative”.  No alternative, that is, to the … Continue reading

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