Sylvia Clute

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Is it Possible to be Free in the Age of Terrormism?

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 5:25 PM

News reports about the disintegration of Iraq are heightening our fear of terrorism. There are people who desire to harm the U.S. and its citizens. In the name of national security, our own government keeps tightening security, imposing more controls and secretly investigating what previously was private.


As our fear grows, our freedoms are melting away and we seem unable to put a stop to it. Is it possible to live in an age of terrorism and be free?



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The School-to-Prison Pipeline: Why?

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 6:55 PM

The school-to-prison pipeline is a tragic reality for far too many of our youth. How did it come to this?

Two policies, “zero tolerance” school discipline and high-stakes testing, are largely responsible for this development. They share the same punitive ideological roots, one punishing student misconduct, the other punishing underperforming students and teachers.


According to an article by the Advancement Project, together they cause further d...

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Time to "Get Tough" on the Politicians

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Mid-term elections are coming up and a tidal wave of campaign ads is already swamping us. We now have enough data to know that voting for candidates who promise to get tough on crime is a big mistake. That’s political jingoism used to play on our fears, not because it is good public policy, but because it’s good for getting themselves elected.

For over forty years U.S. politicians have used the get-tough punitive approach to crime to convert complex problems int...

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