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Red Alert for San Francisco Teachers
ANDY LIBSON
On May 10th, 1880 United Educators of San Francisco (UESF) teachers, counselors and paraprofessionals voted overwhelmingly (97%) to authorize a strike vote. The UESF strike vote was the first step of a two-step process for strike authorization. The vote was a big step for...
The Death of a Team
RODOLFO ACUÑA
The Death of a Team Society pays more attention to its sports teams than to its children. Today in L.A. the world shattering concern is whether to keep the Lakers’ roster intact or break it up and get new players. A great deal o...
Three Ways the Super-Rich Have Cheated Young Americans
PAUL BUCHHEIT
My own generation faced the Vietnam War. We were at risk of getting drafted, and then maimed or killed in an unwinnable battle against imagined evils. Today’s young people are being drafted into an economic war that they don’t understand. It’s a s...
Criminalizing Thinking
RODOLFO ACUÑA
I am having trouble getting into this essay on the war on critical thinking. I cannot figure out whether it is dumb or ignorant.  My mother would say that the people conducting the war are malditos, mean. The reality is that the criminalization of rational thought goes...
Public Teachers in the Crosshairs
DAVID MACARAY
During my twenty-odd years as a union rep in a big-time factory (a 44-acre paper mill), I had occasion to talk to over a hundred people about the things we most regretted in our lives.  It’s true.  That was our topic of discussion….regrets.  Things we ...
Michigan’s Abu Ghraib?
BRIAN McKENNA
Every prison has a story. At the Robert Scott Correctional Facility, in Michigan, the women were not allowed to touch one another or risk a “major misconduct.” Sharing, even a small piece of candy, was against prison policy and women were written up for lendin...
The Illusion of Inclusion
RODOLFO ACUÑA
This article is adapted from a presentation I gave at California State University East Bay on May 16, 2012 at its Third Annual Diversity Day. It is only the second time I have been to California State University East Bay, formerly California State...
Demonizing Mexican-American Studies
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
I pick up the phone at my office at the University of Arizona and learn that I have three recorded messages waiting for me. The first one begins with the caller claiming to be half White and half Native American, addressing me as an “(expletive) Mexican” and a...
Accountability in Higher Education
M. G. PIETY
There’s been a lot of discussion among academics of Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa’s book Academ...
The Academic Boycott of Israel
PATRICK BOND and MUHAMMED DESAI
One of South Africa’s largest tertiary institutions, the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, is a site of multiple controversies, but a near-disaster on Monday deserves more reflection because it points us in a positive direction: away from allying with the Is...
The Student Debt Bomb
LAURA FLANDERS
President Obama doled out the most shocking stream of commencement cliches to the graduating class of Barnard College Monday. To offer just a taste: “The question is not whether things will get better — they always do… The question is whether ...
The Subsidized Student Loan Scam
DAVE LINDORFF
The Senate is currently deadlocked on taking action to prevent the interest on new Stafford guaranteed student loans from rising on July 1 from 3.4% to 6.8%, with Democrats saying they want to “pay for” keeping the current “lower” 3.4% rate by closing a loophole t...
Young Americans Under Siege
Rev. JESSE JACKSON
Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign had one major effect: It exposed what has become known as the “war on women,” the Republican right’s opposition to contraception, family planning and the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act. Too bad Santorum decided to ...
Different Bats for Different Brats
LAURA FLANDERS
For all the shameful sucking up to multi-millionaire mom Ann Romney after Democratic pundit Hilary Rosen accused her of never having worked “a day in her life,” the reality is neither Republicans nor Democrats treat most parenting as work, and thousands of poor women ...
How to Destroy the Educational System
ELIZABETH WALTERS
How can we improve public education for our children? The answers to this question–and the perspectives on the current quality of public education in the United States–are as varied and individualized as the 55 million students who attend public school ...
The Right to Bully?
JULIE HILDEN
On March 22, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit handed down its decision in ...
Racially-Biased Suspensions in Public Schools
Rev. JESSE JACKSON
Trayvon Martin was shot to death in Sanford, Fla. He was there visiting his father while suspended from school. He was suspended last month after school officials claimed to have found marijuana “residue” in his book bag. No actual contraband was found; n...
The Myth of the “Knowledge Economy”
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
“In the 21st century, the best anti-poverty program around is a first-class education,”  President Obama famously declared in his 2010 State of the Union Address, just as millions of high schoolers across the nation were embarking on the annual ritual of...
Occupy Education v. the Gates Foundation
JESSE HAGOPIAN
“Gates Foundation, you will fail! Education is not for sale!” The chants of about 150 teachers, students, parents and Occupy Seattle activists reverberated off the windows of the global headquarters of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, announcing t...
When Public Schools Became Disposable
HOWARD LISNOFF
For more than three decades, education at all levels in the US has been subjected to a frontal attack on the part of local, state, and federal governments. The inception of the attack came with the far-right presidency of Ronald Reagan, specifically with the publication o...
Holding On to the Joy in Teaching
ROBERT JENSEN
I am a tenured professor in a relatively stable university, which is quite possibly the best job in the world. I get paid well to read, think, talk, and write, and I have more job security than almost anyone I know. Like many professors, I am critical of the increa...
No Public Education, No Democracy!
SIMONE HARRIS
I teach English at Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa, California.  I love my school, my amazing colleagues, and the kids who enter my classroom each year.  But I hate what is happening to public education. From the national to the local level, our public schoo...
The One-Percent on Campus
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The increasing cost of obtaining an education was highlighted when President Obama revealed his latest budget on February 13, 2012.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in recent years college tuition has gone up at roughly twice the rate of inflation. Ad...
Scapegoating Teachers
MOSHE ADLER
The first to discover that teachers make perfect scapegoats was George W. Bush. When he ran for president for the first time twelve years ago, Bush had a problem. He wanted lower taxes to be his rallying cry, but while taxes in Texas, the state where he was governor, were...
Who Gives a Damn?
RODOLFO F. ACUÑA
Teresa Wiltz in America’s Wire writes that despite claims of increased educational opportunities for minorities that the performance of black and Latino teenagers remains the same or lower than 30 years ago.  In fact, the math and reading performance of bla...