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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 25, 2012

Will Common Core Standards Teach About the Struggles of Oppressed People?

Bryant Muldrew once again, asks some critical questions about what students are taught and equally important, what they are not taught in schools. As the Common Core are rolled out as the standard across the country and as teacher evaluations are being created, we need to keep Bryant's questions in ...

June 20, 2012

Yes, Schools Have an Alternative to Zero Tolerance

Students need to be in school to learn.  They have a right to an education--and a right to justice. 

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 31, 2012

Bottom-up Organizing: Transformative movements Can Only be Realized with Authentic Grassroots Leadership

The extensive grassroots efforts leading to women's right to vote is a compelling portrayal of the fact that social change movements are like rivers with many tributaries. A dynamic, successful social movement is really the confluence of many movements--smaller, more local, narrower or different in focus.

May 30, 2012

NY Policymakers Cut High School Students' Opportunity to Go to College

Yesterday, Billy Easton wrote a great Op-ed in The New York Times discussing how Governor Cuomo and his allies are increasing the opportunity gap for many of the state's most disadvantaged students. Tragically, but unsurprisingly, brutal budget cuts have hit poor districts much worse than middle class and wealthy ones.

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 23, 2012

Hypothesis #2 for Successful Social Movements: Love and Boldness

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.

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 ...

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