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Elizabeth Warren Slams For-Profit College Accreditor for ‘Appalling Record of Failure’

The Massachusetts senator released a detailed report on embattled for-profit accreditor ACICS, urging the federal government to take “aggressive” action.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE


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African-American Women Now Top the List of Most-Educated Group in the Country

A new study finds that black women achieve the highest outcomes of any demographic by race and gender.

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 READ MORE


What College Graduates Can Expect as They Enter the New World of Work (Video)

By Robert Reich

What do you need to know—about the new world of work, but also about yourself—as you graduate and launch yourself into the world of work?

Posted on May 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Graduation Debt









Posted on May 23, 2016 ENLARGE



Great Recession Continues to Loom Over 2016 Graduates, Even as Corporate Profits Rise

The New York Times editorial board released a depressing report recently on the bleak job prospects faced by high school students graduating this year, a situation it traces to consistent political failures in recent times.

Posted on May 15, 2016 READ MORE


Over 10 Years Later, George Carlin’s Comments on the American System Are as Haunting as Ever (Video)

In this stand-up routine from 2005, the late comedian and social critic explains the way our country works and why most politicians make little impact.

Posted on May 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Apr 24, 2016 ENLARGE



UC Berkeley Protesters Fight to Save Funding for Undocumented Students

A coalition of campus organizations interrupted the school’s “Cal Day” to draw attention to a $5 million fund that is set to expire soon. The money was originally earmarked for immigration attorneys, psychologists and a textbook rental system.

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 READ MORE



Obama’s New Education Secretary Declined to Help Victims of Student Loan Fraud

Last week, the U.S. Senate confirmed John B. King Jr. as secretary of education, a post that has the unique power to relieve students of federally guaranteed loans. Yet as acting secretary, King took no action to help those conned by for-profit colleges.

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 READ MORE



The FBI Has a New Plan to Spy on High School Students Across the Country

Under the federal agency’s new guidelines instructing high schools to report students who criticize government policies and “Western corruption,” Muslim students are likely to be disproportionately targeted, but virtually any young person could be deemed dangerous and worthy of surveillance.

Posted on Mar 4, 2016 READ MORE



Our Kids

This is a book about choices that have changed the United States from a place “that offered decent opportunity for all the kids in town” to a place that is increasingly divided between those who have almost everything and those who have almost nothing.

Posted on Mar 4, 2016 READ MORE



Why We Need Democratic Socialism to Fix Our Educational System

Children aren’t products to be bought and sold. The profit motive should end at the front door of the public school.

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Baltimore Mayoral Candidate DeRay Mckesson

The Black Lives Matter activist (at right in photo)—whose political campaign is off to an attention-grabbing start—seeks to tackle the issues of police brutality and criminal justice through education and employment.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE



Michael Moore Says His New Movie Will Change America

“Free universal health care, free university, free day care, taxing and policing hedge fund millionaires—have already happened in nearly every other industrialized country in the world! And I have the evidence—and the film—to prove it!”

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 READ MORE



Exile as a Space of Disruption in the Ivory Tower

The spaces of retreat from public life occupy too many institutions of higher education, which have been transformed into dead zones of the imagination mixed with a kind of brutalizing defense of their own decaying postures and search for status and profits.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 READ MORE



We Still Need Black History Month

America’s racial disparity won’t disappear if we simply ignore it.

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 READ MORE



VIDEO: Obama Offers a First Draft of His Legacy in Last State of the Union Speech

The president claimed he had the long view in sight when he addressed both houses of Congress, as well as the American people, in Tuesday’s State of the Union speech. But much of the work of his final appeal had to do with securing his legacy and boosting his party in the near future. 

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE



Public Sector Unions Pin Hopes on Antonin Scalia Going Rogue

The conservative Supreme Court justice holds the key to their fate in a case with blockbuster potential.

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 READ MORE



100,000 New York City Schoolchildren Face Airport-Style Security Screening Daily

Crime in the schools has dropped sharply, but New York still requires students at more than 200 schools to take off their shoes and send their belongings through X-ray machines.

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 READ MORE



VIDEO: Jews and Arabs Kiss to Protest Israeli Schools’ Snubbing of Novel

Israeli education officials have excluded Dorit Rabinyan’s book “Borderlife,” about a love affair between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man, from high schools’ exam curriculum. The lifestyle site TimeOut Tel Aviv responded by making a tender video showing Jews and Arabs kissing.

Posted on Jan 9, 2016 READ MORE



For-Profit Colleges Are Scandal Machines

This corrupt higher education “industry” ought to be put out of business.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer on ‘The Hunting Ground’—a Documentary About Sexual Assault on Campus

By Robert Scheer

In the fifth episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief discusses the documentary film “The Hunting Ground” (airing again on Sunday, Dec. 27 on CNN) with its director, Kirby Dick, and producer, Amy Ziering. The film has been shown at hundreds of college campuses, provoking heated discussions about the prevalence of sexual assault and how educational institutions handle accusations of rape.

Posted on Dec 26, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



About 900 Los Angeles Schools Close Temporarily Due to Terrorist Threats Targeting ‘Many’ (Updated)

The Los Angeles Unified School District—whose schools are attended by 700,000 students—shut hundreds of doors Tuesday after “credible electronic threats” were sent to a board member. A member of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee said later that the “preliminary assessment is that it was a hoax.” Updated

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Signs New Education Law Granting States Greater Power

The Every Student Succeeds Act scraps the federally mandated high-stakes testing regime of No Child Left Behind, the despised Bush-era federal education law.

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 READ MORE



Greenpeace Sting Exposes Academics Hired as Climate-Change Deniers

Professors from major U.S. institutions agreed to write reports promoting the benefits of CO2—and said they did not need to disclose fossil fuel funding.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: The Filmmaking Team and Subjects of ‘The Hunting Ground’

The documentary shines a light on the prevalence of rape and other sexual assaults on campuses across the nation, and puts faces and voices to the pain-filled stories we hear so frequently.

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 READ MORE



‘We Should All Be Feminists’ Manifesto to Be Distributed to Every 16-Year-Old in Sweden

The book is being distributed as part of a campaign to “open up conversation about gender” through Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s feminist call to arms.

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges on the Militarization of Higher Education

In this episode of his new show “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges discusses the militarization of higher education institutions with journalist Alexa O’Brien. Uncovering the trail of money and influence from the national security state to college programs, they identify the ways in which this apparatus has long ­been in effect, and what it could mean for the future.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Nov 23, 2015 ENLARGE



Ben Carson Admits His Story About West Point Scholarship Isn’t True

In his memoir, Carson claimed that he received a full scholarship to the academy, which has no record that he even applied. In fact, West Point does not offer scholarships because there is no tuition—when students enroll, they enlist in the U.S. Army.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE



Terrorizing Schoolchildren in the American Police State

Under the regime of a predatory neoliberalism, compassion and respect for others are viewed increasingly with contempt while the spectacle of violence titillates the multitudes and moves markets.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer Leads Discussion of Myth of Higher Education as the Great American Equalizer

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer moderates a discussion at the University of Southern California on an explosive Federal Reserve Bank study showing that racial inequality pervades American society at all levels of education, despite hopes to the contrary.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



VIDEO: Higher Education in the U.S. Is Broken at Both Ends

It’s not just students who are struggling financially due to the way the system works. Professors are, too.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE



Texas Supreme Court to Decide Christian Couple’s Home-Schooling Case

The conservative court will hear arguments over whether Christian parents of home-schooled children have to follow basic educational standards or if they’re allowed to keep their kids blissfully free of knowledge as they wait to be whisked off to heaven.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE



New Budget Grants Debt Collectors the Right to Bombard Student Borrowers With Robocalls

Debt collectors will be allowed to harass student loan borrowers with unlimited automated calls and text messages—even when asked to stop.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE



Higher Education: Capitalism at Its Most Despicable

Ranking capitalist ignominy is a daunting task with Big Pharma and high finance in the running, but higher education’s betrayal of a long-standing trust with young Americans puts it near the top of the list.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 13, 2015 ENLARGE


VIDEO: Why Student Loan Debt Isn’t Just a Problem for Millennials

America’s student loan debt is now over $1.2 trillion. But it’s not just hurting millennials. One-third of that debt belongs to people in their 40s.

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Is Palestine the Exception to Free Speech Rights in the U.S.?

University campuses are the front line of Palestinian human rights advocacy in the United States, but a new study documents hundreds of cases in which students and scholars have been punished for expressing themselves. Watch the testimony of some of those who have dared to speak out, as they describe the backlash they’ve faced.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



‘He Named Me Malala’ Film Review: Who’s Behind the Persona?

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim documents the public side of the world-famous Pakistani education crusader but gives us only fleeting glimpses of the real girl.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE



Pope Francis Is Pushing to Help the Poor While Catholic Universities Are Leaving Them Behind

Many Catholic colleges leave low-income students with big debts. And wealthy Catholic schools that provide generous support don’t enroll many poor students.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: The American Teacher Shortage Is a ‘Symptom of the Sick and Fractured System of Education’

Teachers speak to what’s causing the dramatic drop in teacher enrollment in states across the nation in this poignant Al-Jazeera clip.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



U.S. News & World Report’s College Rankings List Is Baloney. Here’s the List You Should Actually Use

With college application season almost upon us, where should aspiring college students and their parents look for advice?

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE



Colleges With Plenty of Cash Saddle Their Poorest Students With Heaps of Debt

A ProPublica analysis of newly available federal data shows that some of the nation’s wealthiest colleges are leaving their poorest students with plenty of debt.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Welcomes Students Back to School by Telling Them All the Things They Won’t Learn

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” is on hiatus, but that hasn’t stopped John Oliver from releasing two funny Web exclusives that focus on history and education.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Malala Yousafzai Calls on World Powers to Spend Their Money on ‘Books, Not Bullets’

The 18-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner is certainly wise beyond her years, and global leaders would do well to heed her latest piece of advice.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE



A Genius Educator, Donald Trump and the Spread of Political Correctness

Rafe Esquith, teaching phenom of fifth-graders at Hobart Elementary School, ran afoul of the school’s administration, initially because of a joke overheard by a colleague.

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 READ MORE



10 Years After Katrina, New Orleans Is ‘Gentrification’s Ground Zero’

In the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, many of New Orleans’ low-income black residents have been displaced, with gentrification entailing a dramatic transformation of the city’s class structure and cultural identity.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: President Obama on Hurricane Katrina Anniversary: ‘New Orleans Is Coming Back’

Those hoping for a nuanced takedown of the response to the epic catastrophe that washed away much of what the city once was will have to look elsewhere for that sort of thing.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



When Robots Run the Show

In “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future,” Martin Ford predicts that the next wave of job losses will be caused by advances in artificial intelligence, making robots the most efficient way to perform routine work now done by humans.

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 READ MORE


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