Across the political and media elite in Australia, a silence has descended on the memory of the great, reforming prime minister Gough Whitlam, who has died. His achievements are recognized, if grudgingly, his mistakes noted in false sorrow. But a critical reason for his extraordinary political demise will, they hope, be buried with him.
Australia briefly became an independent state during the Whitlam years, 1972-75. An American commentator wrote that no country had "reversed its posture in international affairs so totally without going through a domestic revolution." Whitlam ended his nation's colonial servility. He abolished royal patronage, moved Australia toward the Non-Aligned Movement, supported "zones of peace" and opposed nuclear weapons testing.
The one story missing from the "tributes" to Whitlam is that his extraordinary political demise is one of America's dirtiest secrets.
The politicized hysteria of Ebola might seem ridiculous until the reality raps on your door, and you're told a student where you teach was on an infected plane. The roots of this crisis can be solved, not simply by hiring a new czar or erecting containment fields, but by recognizing the humanity of those in care in our nation's health system, especially our largest state, Texas.
More Than a Score is a collection of throughts by students, parents, teachers and administrators across the United States who are participating in a growing movement to end standardized testing as a measure of learning and teacher effectiveness. This book is a call to arms and a well-argued plea for educational equity and a thoughtful defense of public education, the teaching profession and student-centered learning.