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Archives by Tag 'education'
How Chavez Changed History for the Better
SAUL LANDAU
Hugo Chavez died in early March. Heads of state came to his funeral and sent condolences to his family— except for the US President. Even in death the White House maintained a resentful tone toward a man we had names as an enemy. But what did Chavez do to us? He offered...
Why is LA So Boring?
CLANCY SIGAL
For the first time in my life, like 84% of Los Angeles registered voters, I failed to cast a ballot in last week’s election.  It was a primary to select front-running mayoral candidates and city council members, a city attorney, controller,  community college trustees...
Educational Eugenics
MARK GRAHAM
Teachers and students are having a rough time in the United States—and not just because they are in danger of being murdered in their classrooms.  Public education itself is under attack, fueled by foundation dollars, government policies and media hype.  The problem i...
Ted Cruz Weaponizes History
JP SOTTILE
Senator Ted Cruz has some peculiar ideas about history. And the newly-elected Tea Party darling from Texas didn’t bother to mince his words or ideas during confirmation hearings for former Senator and GOP gadfly Chuck Hagel. Although, he did ...
Football vs. Philosophy
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The toe bone’s connected to the foot bone, The foot bone’s connected to the anklebone The anklebone’s connected to the leg bone, Now shake dem skeleton bones! — Children’s song November and December...
Manufacturing Poverty
CHERI HONKALA
On December 10, community leaders all across the country held vigils and rallies outside Congressional offices to defend the safety net and protest the so-called “fiscal cliff” negotiations in Washington, DC. It was part of a coordinated national campaign on Internati...
The World Bank Brings Nazarbayev University to Kazakhstan
ALLEN RUFF AND STEVE HORN
A year ago, on Dec. 15, 2011,  Kazakhstan state security forces...
What Starts Here … Accelerates Destruction?
ROBERT JENSEN
I want to suggest a slight modification of the University of Texas’ motto, “What starts here changes the world.” A more accurate slogan — while not quite as pithy and probably less effective for public-relations purposes — would be, “What starts...
Education for Profit in Detroit
TOLU OLORUNDA
“Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck.” —Billie Holiday, “Strange Fruit” It seemed like a scene from an auction block. This past Tuesday ...
The Vindication of Mexican-American Studies
RODOLFO ACUÑA
I have been an activist for over fifty years so I can safely say that I have participated in my share of controversies. I remember some that were particularly acrimonious. When I first joined the faculty at San Fernando State College (now California State University at No...
Ethnic Studies and Me
RYAN MORGAN
I’m a white guy from Denver who transferred to Hunter College, in NYC, intending to major in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. In my second semester here, I changed my major to AFPRL—Africana, Puerto Rican, and Latino Studi...
America’s Degree Scam
CHRISTOPHER NEWFIELD
Student debt may succeed subprime mortgages as the next disaster in the crisis of US capitalism. It is estimated at more than $1,000bn and has doubled over the last 12 years. Average debt for graduates with student loans rose to $23,200 in 2008; public university debt was...
SJP is Crucial to Palestinian Rights Activism in the US
HANEEN ALI
This weekend, the second national conference of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) will take place at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. SJP is a nationwide network of student-led organizations advocating for human rights and equality in Palestine and Israel. T...
American Students: the Coal Miners of Today
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
Bob Meister isn’t the kind of man who comes across as a radical. He’s a bespectacled grey-haired intellectual who looks comfortable in the sort of suit and tie a distinguished professor would wear. That’s probably because he is a professor, a quite disti...
Black Teachers’ Revolt of the 1960s
BOB SIMPSON
Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) organizer Brandon Johnson, who is a black man, recently spoke about a conversation he had with veteran black educator Dr. Grady Jordan about racism in the schools today. Jordan told him, “Black teachers fought hard. This is a direct retaliat...
The Taliban’s Attack on a 14-year Old Activist
HAMZAH SAIF
The inhuman and criminal attack by the Taliban on 14-year old Pakistani education activist, Malala Yousafzai, has been hijacked here in the United States to provide moral patina to America’s equally devastating wars in South Asia. Instead of a focus on the political con...
Is the Dream Ending?
RODOLFO ACUÑA
A lot more thought has to be paid to the question, “why Chicana/o Studies?”  CHS are not the whim; they are not a fad. They are part of the historical reasons for the struggle of the Mexican American community to obtain equal protection.  If we forget these reasons,...
Indian Children of the Migration
PRADEEP BAISAKH
Khageswar Benya and Panchami Benya from Muribahal block of Balangir district of Odisha, an Indian state, are the children of regularly migrating parents. For last five years they have been accompanying their parents almost regularly who have migrated to w...
The Teacher vs. The Billionaire
SARAH BLASKEY AND PHIL GASPER
It’s not often that a public school teacher gets the chance to debate a billionaire “reformer” about the future of education. But events in Chicago have been anything other than ordinary since the ...
Of White Papers and History
RODOLFO ACUÑA
When anything titled a “white paper” comes across my email, I usually ignore it. Why is truth always called “white”?  Why not brown, yellow or black? Is it because black is considered negative, i.e., Black Friday, black as sin, Halloween, or death whereas white ...
Big Bird Fatwa Remix
DAVID YEARSLEY
Just when you thought American politics couldn’t get any more trite and tedious, here comes an ambassador from celebrity culture to lead us into a previously unknown sub-basement of banality. Yes, will.i.am was back on the Obama campaign trail this past week in the swin...
The Education Crisis in Sri Lanka
NILANTHA ILANGAMUWA
“Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down.” — Frederick Douglass (1860 speech in Boston)...
The Disappearance of Public Intellectuals
HENRY GIROUX
With the advent of Neoliberalism, we have witnessed the production and widespread adoption within many countries of what I want to call the politics of economic Darwinsim. As a theater of cruelty and mode of public pedagogy, economic Darwinism removes economics and market...
Fall Semester Brings New Hope for Lebanon’s Palestinians
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut. As fall semester begins this week for colleges and universities, Lebanon’s 12 Palestinian camps and 12 campuses, continue to swelter under unseasonably high temperatures and heavy humidity with no early relief in sight. Yet, there is final...
Seven Days That Shook the Windy City
BOB SIMPSON
“The CTU is teaching the USA a lesson in working class love and solidarity. It’s a transformational moment for the membership of the CTU and its allies. How can they transform the horn honks, the raised fists, the friendly waves and the kind words of e...