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July 11, 2012

The State of Public Education; The State of Movements for Human Rights

As I announced yesterday, we are moving this blog to a new livelier format at Participatory Democracy and Public Education.  I want to take the opportunity of this last blog to share my sense of where Public Education and the movements for human rights in general, are going.

July 10, 2012

Our Vision for Democracy and Education and 6 Actions to Get There

As mentioned in previous blog posts we are moving this blog today to a new home:  Participatory Democracy and Public Education.  The new blog will host an active discussion format among the four of us -- Bryant, Saulo, Patrick and I.  Please join in on our conversations there.

June 06, 2012

Love and Hate in Social Movements

There are two major passions that can unify individuals or groups for a common goal. Commonly, people are bound together by a uniform hate towards someone, something, a group, or an idea. Conversely, love for someone, something, a group, or an idea can be a similar bond.

May 25, 2012

Québec's Student Strike: La Lutte Continue, but What Lessons Can We Learn?

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.

May 17, 2012

Visionary Shifts in Thinking and Behavior: For Educators, Students and Movement Advocates

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 ...

May 01, 2012

College: Educational Opportunity or Big Business?

Student loans are structural barriers to quality education, meaningful work, and economic contribution for students post-graduation.

April 29, 2012

The Current Moment: Social Justice Movements Bending the Arc Toward Justice

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.

April 26, 2012

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".

April 20, 2012

The Case for the National Student Bill of Rights

Welcome again, Bryant Muldrew, as one of our most consistent and long-term guest bloggers! Bryant is helping build our Democracy and Education conversation. As readers may recall, Mr. Muldrew is a leader in the National Student Bill of Rights Movement. He is a powerful advocate for students' voices...

March 21, 2012

This Month, We Occupied Education

This is an update on the March 1st Occupy Education events. It includes excerpts from several interviews and reports concerning protests that day and why the protests happened.

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