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VIDEO: John Waters Has Some Wonderfully Witty Advice for the Class of 2015

“Go out in the world and f–k it up beautifully” is auteur John Waters’ advice to this year’s graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design.

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A Corporate Cult Captures and Thwarts Our Best Graduates

Society’s educated, humane members are being systematically sucked into a destructive reorientation program orchestrated by and for the benefit of a corporate establishment centered on the practices of finance and management, writes veteran journalist George Monbiot at The Guardian.

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US Left Behind

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VIDEO: How to Reinvent Education to Save the Economy

Sen. Bernie Sanders is making waves with a big idea to reinvent education: making public colleges and universities tuition-free. I couldn’t agree more.

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Abstinence Only

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What’s the Point of a Professor?

When he was a student in the early 1980s, Emory University English professor Mark Bauerlein and his peers spoke with their professors regularly and at length, knowing “that these moments were the heart of liberal education.” Today, polls show, one-third of students never do so.

Posted on May 10, 2015 READ MORE



Five More Years of Tory Government: What Fresh Hell Is This?

Now free to pursue a radical agenda, David Cameron will lead Britain even further down the murky path of austerity, privatization, increased surveillance and jingoism.

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VIDEO: John Oliver: How Standardized Tests Enrich Companies, Sicken Students and Get Teachers Fired

The “Last Week Tonight” host dedicated the longest section of his HBO show Sunday to discussing the one thing teachers, students and parents all despise: standardized testing.

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If Privatizing Education Aggravates Inequality, Why Does the World Bank Support It?

Fifteen years after the international community committed itself to bringing primary education to every boy and girl, 58 million children still lack access to schools, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

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The Teaching Brain

This book asks the questions at the root of education: What is teaching? How does it take place? What is the process? And the question at the heart of the matter: How does teaching differ from learning?

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Guns in Classroom

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Stanford’s Making Tuition, Room and Board Virtually Free for Students From Low-Income Families

Stanford University has just taken a huge step toward helping students whose parents make less than $125,000 a year get a college education without accruing inordinate amounts of debt.

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Noam Chomsky: In ‘Free’ Countries, Unpopular Ideas Can Be Suppressed Without the Use of Force

Paraphrasing George Orwell’s virtually unread introduction to “Animal Farm,” the renowned linguist explains how listening to the media, which are owned by the wealthy, and receiving a “good education” can suppress free thought.

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Here’s Why It’s Time to Give Up the Idea That Everyone Must Go to College

The biggest absurdity is that a college degree has become the only gateway into the American middle class when not every young person is suited to four years of college. This has to stop.

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 READ MORE



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We Need a New Economic Model Because the Current Model Is Falling Apart

The economy toward which we’re hurtling—in which more and more is generated by fewer and fewer people who reap almost all the rewards, leaving the rest of us without enough purchasing power—can’t function.

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Higher Education and the Promise of Insurgent Public Memory

As difficult as it may seem to believe, John Dewey’s insistence that “democracy needs to be reborn in each generation, and education is its midwife” was once taken seriously by many academic leaders.

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Tariq Ali: The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution

One of our most trenchant critics of corporate capitalism deplores the rise of an “extreme center” that has seized control of the political process and wages endless war while doing the bidding of global corporations. Our only hope, he says, is revolt.

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Leaders of the Debt Collective

With outstanding student debt in the U.S. topping $1.3 trillion, 15 former Corinthian Colleges students are refusing to pay the onerous, exorbitant cost of a shoddy education.

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NYC Proposes Limits on How Often Schools Can Handcuff Students

Amid recent calls for reform, New York City’s Department of Education is introducing new restrictions on suspending and restraining kids in city schools.

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Taking a Look Inside the Wild World of Charter School Regulation

Charter school “authorizers” are charged with making sure schools can be trusted with kids and with public money. Problem is, many lack the tools to do the job.

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Student Debt Is Seriously Hurting Grads’ Mental and Physical Health

A new study reveals what those of us carrying large loads of student debt probably already knew: Those college loan payments aren’t hurting just your bank account.

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Standardized Testing

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Community College

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For the First Time in Decades, Over Half of America’s Public School Students Live in Poverty

A recent shift in public school demographics mirrors the wider picture of growing poverty and dramatic inequality that has come to characterize American society.

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Reciting This Bilingual Poem in Schools Apparently Violates Arizona’s Absurd Ethnic Studies Law

“Tú eres mi otro yo/ You are my other me,” begins a section of a poem often taught in Arizona classrooms.

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The Community College Cause

Permit me to declare my bias: I came to revere community colleges for very personal reasons and learned to admire them because they are central to restoring social and economic mobility in our nation.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE


The Best John Oliver Rants of 2014

John Oliver and his HBO show “Last Week Tonight” will be back Feb. 8 after a lengthy hiatus. In the meantime, check out our favorite clips of the British comedian’s program from the past year.

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NY State Official Raises Alarm on Charter Schools — And Gets Ignored

A top official in the New York State Comptroller’s Office has urged regulators to require more transparency on charter-school finances. The response has been, well, nonexistent.

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Are Charter Schools Segregating America’s Education System?

Charter schools are often promoted as a tool to address educational inequities, but a potential precedent-setting legal case launched earlier this month says the opposite.

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When Charter Schools Are Nonprofit in Name Only

Some charters pass along nearly all their money to for-profit companies hired to manage the schools.

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Los Angeles and New York Pin Down School Kids and Then Say It Never Happened

All school districts in the country are required to tell the federal government how many times kids have been restrained in their schools. But some districts aren’t following through.

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How Boundaries Separating White School Districts From Nonwhite Communities Are Becoming Flashpoints

America is embroiled in an immigration debate that goes far beyond President Obama’s executive order on undocumented immigrants.

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Is College Worth the Cost?

This is the time of year when high school seniors apply to college, and when I get lots of mail about whether college is worth the cost. The answer is unequivocally yes, but with one big qualification.

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Worms in the Common Core

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Lives on the Boundary: Education and Inequality

For almost 35 years, I’ve been writing about people who have had a hard time of it in school, and this writing has led me to examine our definition of intelligence and measures of academic achievement, the relation of social class and inequality to achievement, and the very purpose of education in a democratic society.

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 READ MORE


Casino Math

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Dyslexie Font Aims to Make Reading Easier for Dyslexics

Dutch designer Christian Boer is dyslexic and grew tired enough of struggling to read that he invented a new font to address the issue.

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Debt Until You Die: How Some Senior Citizens Are Still Paying Off Their Student Loans

Crushing student loan debt is not only applicable to the young and penniless.

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 READ MORE



Pakistan’s Youth: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

The so-called youth bulge in Pakistan has now become visible.

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A Force More Powerful in Jefferson County, Colo.

“Don’t make history a mystery” read one of the signs at a rally in Jefferson County, Colo.

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How a Businessman Funnels Public Education Funds for Charter Schools Into Private Companies

Baker Mitchell is a politically connected North Carolina businessman who celebrates the power of the free market. Every year, millions of public education dollars flow through Mitchell’s chain of four nonprofit charter schools to for-profit companies he controls.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 READ MORE



How Taxpayers Unknowingly Fund Elite Private Universities as Public School Subsidies Shrink

What justifies so much government spending per student in private elite universities relative to public ones?

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 READ MORE



Malala Yousafzai and Children’s Advocate Win Nobel Peace Prize

Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi said they’ll use the award to try to bring their opposed countries together. And they’ll start by inviting their respective prime ministers to the award ceremony.

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE



Germany Makes College Education Free as American Students Drown in Debt

Higher education tuition fees were banned in Germany this week for anyone pursuing a degree in the country. Yes, that includes Americans.

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A Force More Powerful in Jefferson County, Colo.

“Don’t make history a mystery” read one of the signs at a rally in Jefferson County, Colo. High-school students in this suburban district, referred to locally as “JeffCo,” have been walking out of class en masse this past week, protesting the planned censorship of the district’s Advanced Placement (AP) United States history curriculum by the local school board.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE


War on Extremism

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John Oliver Stages Beauty Pageant to Show Why It’s Troubling That Miss America Is a Scholarship

The “Last Week Tonight” team does some investigative reporting about Miss America’s alleged annual $45 million in scholarships for women and, with the help of comedian Kathy Griffin, highlights why beauty pageants are “horrible” and should cease to exist immediately.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE


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