The future of this country is entrusted in your ability to prepare students for life. The belief that your job is merely to help students obtain an education (signified by receiving a diploma) or get into college is clear proof of a misunderstanding. It is your duty as an educator to raise this question: what is the purpose of the public school system?
Striking university students in Québec are well into their 15th week of continuous protests. Their strike, which began primarily in opposition to student debt and the proposed 75% tuition hike, has since expanded to encompass wider critiques of both the university system itself and larger issues of austerity and neoliberal economic reform.
Transformative change requires self-assured, daring tactics that are, at their heart, driven by love for the community of fellow humans and rage against the denial of human rights and against the system that perpetuates exclusion.
About this series: This post is the 4th in a series on how activists shape history, particularly the “Art of Movement Building.” Guest Blogger Saulo Colon and I, each week, will discuss our continued lessons learned from studying successful movements over the last 100 years. We call these lessons “hypotheses” because we know they represent only some of the lessons and we want you to test them out against your experience and knowledge. We would love to have you as part of this conversation. The examples we use in this series come from many different aspects of a larger human...
Guest blogger Bryant Muldrew shows us some possibilities for a better, qualitative student assessment system, which doesn't rely on the increasingly-discredited regime of standardized tests.
In order to think about what educational reforms we need, we first have to envision the society we want those reforms to help create.
Safety. How do we define it? Can it be provided by metal detectors? Or by searching every "suspicious" character in sight?
Student loans are structural barriers to quality education, meaningful work, and economic contribution for students post-graduation.
Economic inequities have become much more pronounced in the United States and other societies since the 1970s. As we witness what Robert Reich called the "secession of the successful," poverty and near-poverty rates are at 40-year highs and much of the middle class has been squeezed into extraordinary economic insecurity, while the top few percentiles of the economic ladder do stunningly well.
Bending the Arc of Educational History: Overturning the Apartheid in America's Education System and Building a Social Movement for Public Education
Many of us at this blog know there is a need for a national movement to transform education. We know we need to create the public and political will to turn our educational system into one that nurtures children and allows then to thrive and, as Michael Holzman posted, become "capable of contributing to their civilization and public life".