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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.

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 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.

February 28, 2012

March 1st, 2012 National Day of Action For Education: Occupy Education!

We call on all students, teachers, workers, and parents from all levels of education -pre-K-12 through higher education in public and private institutions- and all Occupy assemblies, labor unions, and organizations of oppressed communities, to mobilize on March 1st, 2012 across the country...

December 06, 2011

Occupy Wall Street's Goals and Public Education

Part I -- Who is Occupy Wall Street and what does Occupy believe in? Occupy is made up of nurses, teachers, auto workers, homeless vets, students and even conservatives who all fervently believe the 99% can reclaim democracy, build a just society and create a better world for everyone.

November 22, 2011

Chile and the International Education Reform Struggle

U.S. educators, students, parents, policymakers, and Occupy activists can learn a lot from Chilean students.

November 18, 2011

The International Occupy Movement and Public Education

Occupy Wall Street, in tandem with similar movements across the world, is raising critical issues and exposing how our education system reflects larger economic inequalities.

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