The Weekly Update: Charter schools, zero tolerance and minority students, the profiteering and scandals

First, a word from Noam Chomsky about our educational system. This was filmed at the Syracuse Peace Council’s 75th Anniversary event on May 11, 2011. And from Henry Giroux: When Schools Become Dead Zones of the Imagination: A Critical Pedagogy Manifesto If the right-wing billionaires and apostles of corporate power have their way, public schools will become “dead zones of the imagination,” reduced to anti-public spaces that wage an assault on critical thinking, civic literacy and historical memory. Since the 1980s, schools have increasingly become testing hubs that de-skill teachers and disempower students. They have also been refigured as punishment … Continue reading The Weekly Update: Charter schools, zero tolerance and minority students, the profiteering and scandals

The Weekly Update: Teachers Speak Up

The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed. This week has been a slower news week than usual for obvious reasons but the internet is burning up with announcements of new Facebook pages sprouting up started by an array of parents and teachers from around the country standing with their teachers and students and against the privatization of their schools. Just this morning I was invited to like four Facebook pages related to education. They are: Parents: What Colorado School Grades Doesn’t Want You to Know Parents & Educators against the Daniels & Bennett Educational Reform … Continue reading The Weekly Update: Teachers Speak Up

Noam Chomsky on Academic Freedom and the Corporatization of Universities

A partial transcript from Noam Chomsky’s talk, taken from AlterNet: A couple of months ago, I went to Mexico to give talks at the National University in Mexico, UNAM. It’s quite an impressive university — hundreds of thousands of students, high-quality and engaged students, excellent faculty. It’s free. And the city — Mexico City — actually, the government ten years ago did try to add a little tuition, but there was a national student strike, and the government backed off. And, in fact, there’s still an administrative building on campus that is still occupied by students and used as a … Continue reading Noam Chomsky on Academic Freedom and the Corporatization of Universities