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Chris Hedges: Israel’s War on Universities

This talk, in support of the now-banned Students for Justice in Palestine chapter at Northeastern University, grew out of Hedges’ March 16 column.

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Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline’

Racial justice activists and prison abolition groups have long argued that the “school-to-prison” pipeline funnels young black kids into the criminal justice system, with higher rates of school suspension and arrest compared with nonblack kids for the same infractions.

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The Internet Is Great and It’s Awful

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new documentary shows the genius and tragedy of Aaron Swartz, Hobby Lobby v. Women, the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman is on, and we look at the surprising locale of the most segregated schools in America.

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Aaron Swartz: The Internet’s Own Boy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new documentary shows the genius and tragedy of Aaron Swartz, Hobby Lobby v. Women, the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman is on, and we look at the surprising locale of the most segregated schools in America.

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Paul Ryan’s Excuse to Do Nothing About Poverty

Blaming poverty on the mysterious influence of “culture” is a convenient excuse for doing nothing to address the problem.

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Beyond Neoliberal Miseducation

Workers, students, youths and the poor are all considered expendable in this neoliberal global economy. Yet the one institution that offers opportunities to challenge anti-democratic tendencies is under attack in unparalleled ways.

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Why Hillary Clinton Should Fear Bernie Sanders

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: If the socialist senator runs, he might find an electorate hungry for radical change. Also: Starving students, the Supreme Court’s campaign hypocrisy, and Google owes you $500.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE


Why Hillary Clinton Should Fear Bernie Sanders

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: If the socialist senator runs, he might find an electorate hungry for radical change. Also: Starving students, the Supreme Court’s campaign hypocrisy, and Google owes you $500.

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MOOCs and Other Wonders: Education and High-Tech Utopia

Deep within our cultural history is a faith in the power of technology to cure social problems.

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The Miscalculations of Vladimir Putin

The Kremlin imagined a very different narrative about Russia playing out this winter; Pierre Omidyar and Glenn Greenwald aim to reinvent journalism; meanwhile, Americans no longer want their taxes to go to paying for public higher education. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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How Exactly Do Colleges Allocate Their Financial Aid? They Won’t Say

Universities rarely release the specific criteria behind their aid decisions. Could a little-known regulation help open the black box?

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What Does Math Have in Common With Art and Music?

Neurobiological studies show that mathematical formulas stimulate the same parts of the brain as music and art do; a writer questions our surveillance nightmares; meanwhile, gay youth find solace on the Internet. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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America’s ‘We’ Problem

America has a serious “We” problem—as in “Why should we pay for them?”

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Universal Pre-K? Ask These Red State Republicans—and Then Ask Grover Norquist

Among the biggest policy mistakes of the past 50 years is our continuing failure to provide quality early childhood education to all of America’s kids.

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Are We a Nation of Cheaters and Liars?

I was surprised to see two long stories in last Thursday’s New York Times about the same subject: cheating.

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Ecuador Guarantees the Constitutional Right to Health and Education for All Its Citizens

Ecuador has progressed leaps and bounds in the past two decades, and is placing education and health at the top of its agenda.

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Does Iraq Need More Weapons? Not Really

The U.S. is sending arms to the Nouri al-Maliki regime as assistance for recent crises, an act that critics say will perpetuate the violence; the American Studies Association’s Israel boycott is dividing academia; meanwhile, politicians are worried about American students’ poor performance in the sciences. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Diane Ravitch Reviews ‘Reign of Error’ Review: ‘Beautiful’

It’s always nice when, tasked with writing a book review involving a key figure in a certain field of which one is well acquainted, one ultimately has good things to say about the book in question.

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Reign of Error

As educational reforms themselves grow ever more strident, standardized and, yes, totalitarian in structure, Diane Ravitch embodies the institutional memory that no totalitarian system can abide.

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After Years of Troubles, Largest Student-Loan Servicers Get Stepped-Up Oversight

Sallie Mae and other large student-loan servicers—the companies that act as a go-between for borrowers and lenders—will soon be getting some regular oversight from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the watchdog agency announced this week.

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To the Barricades! ALEC Posts Issues for 2014 Legislative Wars

The secretive Koch brothers-backed American Legislative Exchange Council has its sights set on labor laws, consumer protections and public education, among others. So you can’t say you weren’t warned.

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Schools Need iPads Like Students Need a Hole in Their Heads

Budgets for school nurses and counselors are getting cut while funding is being wasted on acquiring iPads; science and art clash as the ways to determine the authenticity of a Jackson Pollock piece shift; finances and critics have proven that Rick Santorum’s Christmas movie is nothing short of pathetic. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Student Leader Elected to Chilean Congress

Camila Vallejo, a 25-year-old communist who helped lead Chile’s 2011 student uprising, was elected to the country’s legislature along with three other former university leaders in an event Reuters says underscores “a generational shift in the country’s politics.”

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The Connection Between Poverty and Education

Google the phrase “education crisis” and you’ll be hit with a glut of articles, blog posts and think tank reports claiming the entire American school system is facing an emergency.

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American Schools Are More Segregated Than Ever

It’s been almost 60 years since Brown v. Board of Education, so why are American schools increasingly segregated? According to sociologist Jeremy Fiel, there are a number of factors due to a drastic shift in demographics since the legendary Supreme Court decision.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Lessons for Texas Schoolkids: Loch Ness Monster Proves Evolution Is Wrong

Christian-affiliated public charter schools in Texas are teaching some whoppers in the classroom. Note the phrase “public charter schools.” Yes, tax money is being spent to spread ignorance, such as linking the rise of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich to Darwinism.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE


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Half of U.S. Public School Students Living in Poverty, Study Finds

A new study points up the links between poverty and school performance, as experts say punitive test score-based assessment programs miss the most crucial factor in student success: readiness to learn.

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‘I Really Hope Malala Doesn’t Win the Nobel Peace Prize’

Though Malala Yousafzai has “stood up and given voice to a cause that needs it,” giving her the prize this early in her campaign to bring education to girls around the world may corrupt her attempts to do just that, Dhiya Kuriakose, a young woman from India, writes at The Guardian.

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Dreaming With Dignity

Undocumented students use a bold new strategy in their pursuit of documents, diplomas and immigration reform.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Leave Malala Alone Already, Taliban

Remember Malala Yousafzai, the valiant girl who was attacked by terrorists in Pakistan last year for her education campaigns? Well, apparently, the Pakistani Taliban are quite relentless and have renewed their threats to kill her.

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Breaking Away: Top Public Universities Push for ‘Autonomy’ From States

Public universities say they want more flexibility, but such plans threaten the college dreams of low-income students.

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Death of an Adjunct Professor

An adjunct 83-year-old professor of French and cancer patient recently dismissed from her 25-year post—without severance pay or retirement benefits—at Catholic Duquesne University in Pittsburgh was found dead on her lawn last month. She died “saddened, penniless and on the verge of being turned over to Orphans’ Court,” according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Posted on Sep 29, 2013 READ MORE



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L.A.’s Billion Dollar Plan to Replace Textbooks With iPads Struggles With Reality

Apple marketed its iPad as an educational device “that just works,” but the City of Angels is learning the hard way that there’s nothing simple about $700 textbooks.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Facing the Beast: What Broke American Education?

Two new books about the woes of public education stake out opposing views of the problems, and the solutions, all wrapped up for you in this New York Review of Books essay review.

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 READ MORE



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A Lesson for Future Presidents and Children

The No. 1 problem we face is inequality, and the beginning of a new school year is the appropriate moment to ask what role education plays. Are schools part of the solution or are they part of the problem?

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE


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What Is the Goal of School Reform?

As we consider what reform initiatives might achieve, we should also ask the old, defining question: What is the purpose of education in a democracy?

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