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Now They Hate Universities: Trumpian Anti-Intellectualism Is Spreading Among Republicans

Of those polled recently by Pew, 58 percent believe colleges and universities have a negative impact on the United States. It’s a very recent development.

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Thinking Dangerously: The Role of Higher Education in Authoritarian Times

Any viable attempt at developing democratic politics must address the role of education and civic literacy as central to politics itself.

Posted on Jun 29, 2017 READ MORE



Manufactured Illiteracy and Miseducation

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is Donald Trump’s gift to the billionaires, evangelicals, hedge fund managers and bankers who view schools as training centers and sources of profit.

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 READ MORE



New Jersey Assembly Passes Bill Requiring K-12 Students to Learn to Interact With Police

The measure, which won unanimous approval Thursday, would mandate schools to teach interacting with law enforcement “in a manner marked by mutual cooperation and respect.”

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With Each Cigarette Puff, the Socioeconomic Gap Between Smokers and Nonsmokers Widens

As inequality in America continues expanding by many measures, smoking is a growing aspect of that divide that is a matter of life and death.

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Twenty Questions Betsy DeVos Dodged at Her Latest Senate Hearing

The education secretary struggled to defend her draconian budget cuts.

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Richard Wolff: U.S. Economic Education Gives the Illusion That ‘Everything Is All Right’ (Video)

The renowned Marxian economist condemns American education for purposely keeping people in the dark about how the economic system works and how it threatens them.

Posted on May 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Study Shows School Vouchers Hurt Students—but Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos Could Not Care Less

The president and secretary of education are old-school “segregation academy” politicians with strong ideological investments in private school vouchers.

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The Ultimate Inside Job—Dismantling the Government—Is Well Underway

Through Cabinet appointments, Donald Trump is gutting federal agencies that have improved our lives in ways most Americans will no longer take for granted.

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 READ MORE



New Leader of Civil Rights Office Once Said She Faced Discrimination for Being White

The inexperience of Candice Jackson (pictured), the woman chosen by Betsy Devos to head the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, raises questions about how she will investigate allegations of unfair treatment.

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 READ MORE



The Menace of Trump and the New Authoritarianism: An Interview With Henry Giroux

The renowned intellectual and social activist analyzes the underlying forces of authoritarianism in the U.S. and Europe and argues the need for resistance.

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Chris Hedges and Nikhil Goyal Discuss How to Save the American Education System (Video)

The journalist tells Hedges that the system is “designed to inculcate the traits of obedience, punctuality and respect for authority within working-class children.”

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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For-Profit Colleges Gain Beachhead in Trump Administration

Taylor Hansen lobbied to weaken regulation of for-profit colleges. Since he joined Betsy DeVos (pictured) in the Department of Education, that regulation has started to crumble.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Chance the Rapper, Advocate for Chicago’s Public Schools

The Chicago native takes matters into his own hands after a disheartening meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Posted on Mar 11, 2017 READ MORE



‘A Day Without a Woman’ Strike Shuts Down Schools in Alexandria, Va.

More than 300 teachers and staff members in Virginia requested leave to show solidarity with the International Women’s Day protest.

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 READ MORE


Watch President Trump’s First Major Address to Congress

Although not exactly a State of the Union address, the speech before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night bore a close resemblance to one.

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Betsy DeVos’ Conflicting Positions on States’ Rights

The education secretary labeled Obama-era civil rights measures federal “overreach” but urged protection of free speech in colleges.

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The Real Victors in the Judicial Ruling on Trump’s Immigration Ban: This Country’s Universities

It’s poetic justice that universities should stand in the way of the president’s plans to bar Muslims from entering the U.S.

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Elizabeth Warren Slams Republicans for Trying to ‘Ram’ Betsy DeVos Down America’s Throat (Video)

The Massachusetts senator took the floor ahead of a 24-hour, Democrat-led protest to enumerate the reasons the president’s pick for secretary of education is unfit for the position.

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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How Jeff Sessions Helped Kill Equitable School Funding in Alabama

As Alabama’s attorney general, Sessions passionately fought the effort to fund poor black school districts as fairly as wealthy white schools.

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A Plot to Control American Universities?

Events at UC Berkeley on Wednesday have been a boon to Milo Yiannopoulos of Breitbart News (pictured) and Trump consigliere Steve Bannon.

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Watch: Betsy DeVos’ Confirmation Hearing

After hearings on President Trump’s pick for secretary of education, the matter has been sent to the full Senate for a vote.

Posted on Jan 31, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Ron Pierce’s Journey

We offer the links to Truthdig’s seven-part series in which an honors student describes how he ended up in prison and the profound changes he experienced during his three decades behind bars.

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 READ MORE


Checking In With Trump Supporters

We interviewed fans of the new president to learn what drew them to the inauguration and to discover their hopes for his administration.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Watch Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren School Trump’s Education Secretary Pick (Video)

Sanders asked about Betsy DeVos’ stance on tuition-free colleges and her family’s donations to the GOP, while Warren pointed out that the billionaire has absolutely no experience with public education and student loans.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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Michelle Obama Holds Back Tears in Final White House Speech

In her address to students, the outgoing first lady praises diversity and emphasizes the importance of education.

Posted on Jan 6, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Alongside Bernie Sanders, N.Y.’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo Announces First-in-Nation Free Tuition Plan

“Our job is to encourage every person in this country to get all of the education they can, not to punish them for getting that education,” Sanders says at the announcement with Cuomo, pictured at right.

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Breitbart Leads Smear Campaign Against Professor Who Mocked White Supremacy

Instead of coming to the aid of George Ciccariello-Maher, who has received death threats, Drexel University issued a statement on Christmas condemning the associate professor’s tweet.

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Professor Who Criticized Trump Is in Hiding After Death Threats

Academics increasingly are being targeted by conservative elements.

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Evangelical Jerry Falwell Jr. Says Trump Wanted to Make Him Education Secretary

The president of Liberty University says he turned down the job of education secretary in the forthcoming Trump administration for personal reasons.

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John Oliver: America’s Increasingly Segregated Schools Are ‘Very Rarely Equal in Any Way’ (Video)

Public schools are more segregated than they have been for more than 40 years, but the “Last Week Tonight” host argues this isn’t a case of resegregation. It turns out cities like New York “never really bothered integrating in the first place.”

Posted on Nov 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The United States’ War on Youth: From Schools to Debtors’ Prisons

The U.S. views children not as social investments but as suspects as the country models its schools after prisons and subjects its young to a criminal legal system marked by severe class and racial inequities.

Posted on Oct 21, 2016 READ MORE



Funding California Schools: Proposition 51 Versus a State-Owned Bank

By borrowing from its own state-chartered, state-owned bank, California could save over $10 billion on a $9 billion loan.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 READ MORE


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America Treats Most Academic Faculty Like Peons, and the Results Are Not Pretty

The growth of insecure faculty members in American higher education has consequences that reach far outside the classroom and far beyond the lives of poorly paid teachers.

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‘Class of ’27’ Shows How Politicians and Mainstream Media Fail Rural America

The documentary series, which explores educational systems in rural communities across the United States, highlights the effects of poverty often overlooked in our political dialogue.

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 READ MORE



Democratic Socialism Appeals to More Than Just the Young—Check Out Jeremy Corbyn’s Support Base

It’s a fallacy that only millennials can get behind progressive leaders; humans have whittled down the world’s wilderness to less than 20 percent; and Benjamin Netanyahu’s talk of “ethnic cleansing” is a “staggering act of chutzpah.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 READ MORE



Changes in American Education Are Forcing Huge Numbers of Black Teachers From Public Schools

An estimated 26,000 African-American teachers have disappeared from some of the nation’s neediest campuses, even as the overall teaching workforce increased by 134,000, reports Mother Jones.

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE



The Intellectuals We Abandon

The late political philosopher Sheldon Wolin explicated the mechanisms of control and manipulation used by the powerful. But those who most need to read his work have been left in darkness by an academy that has turned its back on the oppressed and caters to the elites. (Pictured, Wolin and James Baldwin, right.) 

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John Oliver on How Charter Schools Around the Country Have Been Allowed to Run Wild (Video)

“The problem with letting the free market decide when it comes to kids,” the “Last Week Tonight” host said in his commentary on publicly funded, privately run schools, “is that kids change faster than the market. And by the time it’s obvious a school is failing, futures may have been ruined.”

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdiggers of the Week: The Women at Khabar Lahariya, a Feminist Newspaper in Rural India

Now in its 14th year, the publication just expanded into digital platforms in the hope of increasing readership and inspiring other young women.

Posted on Aug 20, 2016 READ MORE


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