All content tagged: EDUCATION

Donna Laframboise - 2019-09-16 - Original post - cached version

Many of the talks being provided to the community by UVic's Speakers Bureau are one-sided, activist, and controversial.

Kafila - 2019-09-16 - Original post - cached version

The following is a statement issues by teachers and academics in support of Dr Hany Babu, whose residence was raided early morning non 10 September by Pune Police We, teachers and members of the academic community from across universities, are shocked to know of the illegal raid at the residence...

Dissident Voice - 2019-09-14 - Original post - cached version

Yet another academic study shows what many have documented for years: the teacher turnover rate in charter schools remains much higher than the teacher turnover rate in public schools.1 High teacher turnover rates has been a longstanding problem for privately-operated nonprofit and for-profit...

Dissident Voice - 2019-09-10 - Original post - cached version

Across the country, thousands of charter schools have closed in under 30 years. Corruption and poor academic performance are two key reasons for the high failure rate in the charter school sector.

Between 1998 and 2019, 306 charter schools closed in Ohio. On average, that is more than one...

Dissident Voice - 2019-09-07 - Original post - cached version

Charter school advocates have always desperately sought to convince themselves and the public that privately-run nonprofit and for-profit charter schools that operate like businesses are actually public and similar in many ways to public schools.

Nothing could be farther from the truth....

Sir Ken Robinson - 2019-09-05 - Original post - cached version

The first day of school is a big day for your child and for you. I hope you enjoy my reading of this lovely poem by Emma Robinson, beautifully animated (as always) by We are Cognitive.

The post Dear Teacher appeared first on Sir Ken Robinson.

Dissident Voice - 2019-09-04 - Original post - cached version

It has taken some time, but finally, even though they have been pillaged for decades by privately-operated unaccountable charter schools, more public school districts across the country are fighting back with greater vigor against nonprofit and for-profit charter schools. Gone are the days of...

Kafila - 2019-09-03 - Original post - cached version

Thapar questioned imperialist versions of Indian history, which the Hindutva Brigade still goes by. historian who is indefatigable in the pursuit of knowledge and prolific in its publication, and who is above all a devoted partisan of the truth. … The early history of the country has been...

Dissident Voice - 2019-09-01 - Original post - cached version

Even in the vast and mysterious reaches of the sea we are brought back to the fundamental truth that nothing lives to itself.

— Rachel Carson1

“I’ve never lived on the West Coast, but I really have absolutely fallen in love with the place.”


Dissident Voice - 2019-08-24 - Original post - cached version

It is no secret that charter school advocates become disingenuous and belligerent when endless problems in the scandal-ridden charter school sector are exposed, criticized, and opposed with greater depth, sophistication, and regularity.

For nearly 30 years charter school promoters have...

Counter Currents - 2019-08-20 - Original post - cached version

The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself. ~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton Ideal teacher could be somebody who has empathy, understanding, patience and the ability to provide the knowledge of what student seeks in a...

Dissident Voice - 2019-08-16 - Original post - cached version

While privately-operated nonprofit and for-profit charter schools have long engaged in a broad range of fraudulent student enrollment practices, yet another avalanche of news reports on such dishonest practices has recently appeared.

There seems to be no end to astonishing news in the...

Dissident Voice - 2019-08-11 - Original post - cached version

Privately-operated nonprofit and for-profit charter schools have always been a top-down neoliberal economic project.

The main features of neoliberalism, launched at home and abroad in the late 1970s, are privatization, deregulation, and abdication of government responsibility for the well...

Dissident Voice - 2019-08-09 - Original post - cached version

Charter schools are privatized arrangements imposed on society by the rich and their retinue.

There is nothing public about charter schools. Nonprofit and for-profit charter schools lack most of the features of public schools and typically operate as deregulated businesses.


Dissident Voice - 2019-08-06 - Original post - cached version

The frenzied promotion of illusions about charter schools by the rich reflects their growing fear of losing the power to impose their narrow interests on the public.

Mounting internal and external criticism of privately-operated nonprofit and for-profit charter schools rightly has charter...

Counter Currents - 2019-08-05 - Original post - cached version

Academic year of 2019 – 20  begun in June – July. Multiple educational reforms are implemented by state and central governments in India. Kerala is inter alia a topper state in India in respect of literacy having 96 percentage in 2018. It has been striving for achieving sheer and comprehensive...

Kafila - 2019-08-04 - Original post - cached version

The following is the full text of the statement issued by 83 English teachers of Delhi University against the attack on the syllabus: We, the teachers of English across Delhi University are shocked and appalled at the unacademic, politically motivated attack on our syllabus. This is a...

Counter Currents - 2019-08-03 - Original post - cached version

  “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” – Kofi Annan According to the Right to Education act, “Every child within the age group of 6 to 14 must be provided with free and compulsory education.” The act came into...

Donna Laframboise - 2019-07-31 - Original post - cached version

Tax dollars are being used to brainwash young people with arrant, dangerous nonsense.

Counter Currents - 2019-07-31 - Original post - cached version

With the increasing pace of technological advances and globalisation rapidly taking over, India is all set to become the next hub for economic growth. Adding to this is a young population with an average age of 29 years, which puts India at an advantage. But is India’s human capital prepared to...

Counter Currents - 2019-07-31 - Original post - cached version

Most of us are not stoics yet. Injustice caused to us evokes strong reactions and whenever we feel empowered enough to effect a change in our circumstances, we do. The critical element here is the personal nature of the impact of such an injustice; and this is the key focus which I address in...

Dissident Voice - 2019-07-29 - Original post - cached version

A July 2019 “study” funded by the pro-privatization Walton Family Foundation, “Charter School Effects on School Segregation,” reports that charter schools intensify racial and ethnic segregation, but not by much and for reasons that are supposedly understandable and acceptable. The authors of...

Counter Currents - 2019-07-27 - Original post - cached version

Co-Written by Sandeep Pandey and Praveen Srivastava Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, Professor of Education Economics at University College London and President of City Montessori School Lucknow has critiqued the New Education Policy in an article published in Times of India on 24 June, 2019. She has...

Dissident Voice - 2019-07-26 - Original post - cached version

Young social workers marching in the plaza of the revolution on May Day

Today marks the 66th anniversary of the simultaneous assaults on the Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba and the military garrison in Bayamo led by Fidel...

Dissident Voice - 2019-07-21 - Original post - cached version

The role of education in a society is to consciously pass on the accumulated knowledge of humanity to the next generation so that society keeps moving forward.

This is especially true in a modern society based on mass industrial production where all sectors of the economy are...

Kafila - 2019-07-18 - Original post - cached version

This is to announce a new series of postings I will be doing, relating to aachaaram in Kerala. Aachaaram is loosely translated as ‘customary practices’ or ‘customary rituals’, but in 19th century Malayali society, it referred to a massive, inter-connected, all-pervading web of practices, rituals...

Strategic Culture - 2019-07-16 - Original post - cached version

At a July 9 speech to the 2nd Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit in Yekaterinburg, Russia, President Putin presented a brilliant intervention into the visionless anti-growth (and anti-human) ethic characteristic of the neo-liberal world order when he made Russia’s leadership in...

Dissident Voice - 2019-07-09 - Original post - cached version

Major problems in the charter school sector have been detailed by many researchers and writers over the years. In the last year or two, however, persistent charter school problems have been exposed with much greater depth, breadth, and regularity by more individuals and organizations.


Dissident Voice - 2019-07-08 - Original post - cached version

Irrationalism and disinformation manifest themselves in endless ways. While both have intensified greatly in the neoliberal period which began in the late 1970s, the public should brace for even more of both. The obsolete forces who have long benefitted from an outdated economic system that...

Dissident Voice - 2019-07-03 - Original post - cached version

Prominent charter school advocates are understandably shaken and worried about the growing tide of opposition to privately-operated nonprofit and for-profit charter schools that have been wreaking havoc across the country for nearly 30 years. Charter school supporters are speaking out more in...

Pass Blue - 2019-07-02 - Original post - cached version

A Syrian refugee in Turkey, originally from a small town in Aleppo. A new generation of children living in countries that are receiving migrants needs to learn about those people and their worth, says a new report from Unesco, in order to counter misunderstandings. MUSE MOHAMMED/IOM


Dissident Voice - 2019-06-30 - Original post - cached version

Advocates of privately-operated charter schools that siphon billions of dollars a year from public schools have been a little more defensive and restive than usual in recent months.

This is to be expected given the growing number of mainstream and academic reports exposing their long-...

Kafila - 2019-06-28 - Original post - cached version

Dear Friends, As some of you might be aware, our friend and colleague, Dr. Saraswati Kerketta (Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Rabindra Bharati University), has recently been a victim of caste-based attack in the university. We write this statement to unequivocally condemn...

Kafila - 2019-06-28 - Original post - cached version

Recommendations on Draft New Education Policy (DNEP) by a collective of women’s groups, queer groups, NGOs, students, and academics working in the field of gender, sexuality and education. We, a collective of women’s groups, queer groups, NGOs, students, and academics working in the field of...

Kafila - 2019-06-26 - Original post - cached version

In support of the campaign launched by BETTER UNIVERSITIES. The Government of India has finally unveiled the much-awaited draft of the National Educational Policy (NEP) 2019, and with that, has come a host of new issues to address and engage with. To access a copy of the draft, please click here...

Dissident Voice - 2019-06-24 - Original post - cached version

A high-level court case is currently underway in Mississippi to decide if privately-operated charter schools can keep siphoning local property taxes from public schools.

Presently, Mississippi’s charter school law unconstitutionally diverts millions of dollars in local property tax money...

Dissident Voice - 2019-06-21 - Original post - cached version

Any sentient being should be offended.  Eventually, the casualisation of the academic workforce was bound to find lazy enthusiasts who neither teach, nor understand the value of a tenured position dedicated to that musty, soon-to-be-forgotten vocation of the pedagogue.  It shows in the designs...

Dissident Voice - 2019-06-17 - Original post - cached version

We want one class of persons to have a liberal education, and we want another class of persons, a very much larger class, of necessity, in every society, to forgo the privileges of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks.


Dissident Voice - 2019-06-15 - Original post - cached version

In November 2018 I wrote a short piece titled Opposing Charter Schools Without Really Opposing Them.

In that article I highlighted some of the forms of confusion promoted by neoliberals, privatizers, and corporate school reformers to block people from concluding that nonprofit and for-...

Dissident Voice - 2019-06-15 - Original post - cached version

Home ownership has been called “the quintessential American dream.” Yet today less than 65% of American homes are owner occupied, and more than 50% of the equity in those homes is owned by the banks. Compare China, where, despite facing one of the most expensive real estate markets in the world...

Dissident Voice - 2019-06-11 - Original post - cached version

During the Cold War, and especially in the wake of the Chinese Revolution, it was commonly thought by US planners that too many Third World “mouths to feed” would inevitably create conditions hospitable to Communism. The fall of the USSR failed to alleviate such fears but instead...

Kafila - 2019-06-11 - Original post - cached version

Guest post by SRIJAN DUTTA “The value of a man was reduced to his immediate identity and nearest possibility.” The line quoted above is from Dalit PhD scholar Rohith Vemula’s ‘last’ letter, discovered after he was found hanging in his hostel room in January 2016. The letter had exposed how caste...

Dissident Voice - 2019-06-10 - Original post - cached version

While billionaires Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos can take some of the “blame” for an uptick in broad opposition to the nation’s 7,000 non-profit and for-profit charter schools, resistance to privately-operated charter schools has been building for nearly three decades.

Opposition to...

Dissident Voice - 2019-06-06 - Original post - cached version

When categorizing my class background I’ve invariably replied “working class” but in truth that was more aspirational than factual. My father was either unemployed or underemployed and died of a heart attack at age 46 while working as a night shift orderly at a veteran’s hospital in Fargo, ND. I...

Dissident Voice - 2019-06-06 - Original post - cached version

In another recent study on charter schools, the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University, “finds little to no progress in charter school impact in Pennsylvania.”1

A June 4, 2019 press release from CREDO states that: “Stanford University’s Center for...

Dissident Voice - 2019-06-03 - Original post - cached version

Joe Biden is one of about two dozen 2020 democratic candidates running for President of the United States. This is not his first presidential campaign.

Biden served under President Barack Obama as Vice President for eight years. Obama became well-known for many antisocial policies in many...

Strategic Culture - 2019-06-02 - Original post - cached version

Youth is everything in today’s culture, while the wisdom of our elders is being pushed aside.


The end of every semester confronts the college instructor with an indignity: reading student “evaluations” of his performance. While the principle of student feedback...

Dissident Voice - 2019-06-01 - Original post - cached version

The narrow aim of maximizing profit as fast as possible compels owners of capital to say and do whatever they have to to get richer, no matter how irrational and contradictory, and no matter the cost to society and the environment. Such an aim is irresponsible and outdated, and needs to be...

Dissident Voice - 2019-05-30 - Original post - cached version

There is nothing very remarkable about being immortal; with the exception of mankind, all creatures are immortal, for they know nothing of death. What is divine, terrible, and incomprehensible is to know oneself immortal.
— Borges, “The Immortal”, IV, in The Aleph (1949)



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