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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


What on Earth Is the Government Thinking Giving Grenade Launchers and Machine Guns to Schools?

Though it may seem like an absurd, cruel joke, it’s not just our police departments that are being militarized; our school districts are getting tanks as well. Here’s what Stephen Colbert has to say about it.

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Top 5 Reasons 45 Percent of Scots Wanted to Leave the Right-Wing U.K.

The U.S. media coverage of the Scottish referendum is oddly lacking in any reference to actual politics.

Posted on Sep 20, 2014 READ MORE



A Chronicle of Echoes

Teaching in the American public school system, in another 10 years, could be reduced to a temp job or a micromanaged performance scripted by corporations. Who are the people behind this implosion?

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Occupy Activists Try to Restore Our Faith in ‘Collective Power’ by Wiping $3.9M of Student Loan Debt

The Strike Debt movement, which has its roots in Occupy Wall Street, bought and “abolished” a portfolio that included the student loan debts of 2,700 students who had attended the privately run Everest College.

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Russell Brand Challenges Bill O’Reilly’s Skewed Views on White Privilege

Fox News is consistently in denial about the fact that the American experience is heavily weighted against black people, insisting that everyone in the country has a personal responsibility to pick themselves up by their own boot straps. Luckily for us, comedian Russell Brand is still hellbent on proving Bill O’Reilly and Co. wrong.

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver on Student Debt: Our Leaders Have Decided Education Is Not Important Enough to Pay For

In an inspired back-to-school rant, John Oliver encourages college freshmen to enjoy every last second of what will undoubtedly be the best years of their lives since every year that comes after will be marked with crushing, inescapable debt.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE



12 Theses on Education in the Age of Neoliberalism and Terrorism

The goal of neoliberal education policies is not to improve education, but rather to increase the profits of private corporations. As long as the United States continues to view educational policy and practice through the lens of market-based values, there is little hope that progressive education, with its aim of educating students for critical citizenship and social and economic justice, will survive.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 READ MORE



All Americans’ Private Photos Could Be Leaked Thanks to the NSA, Not Just Jennifer Lawrence’s

Everyone’s talking about personal privacy violations due to the recent leak of celebrity nude pictures, but the National Security Agency is missing from the debate; Americans have resented teachers throughout history based on moral panic; meanwhile, big Republican donors are considering spending their money to back Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 READ MORE



Why College Shouldn’t Be the Only Gateway to the Middle Class

This week, millions of young people head to college and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal arts degree.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE



Israeli Education to Help Pay for Summer War on Hamas in Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has moved to slash government expenditures by 2 percent to offset the $2.5 billion cost of his administration’s 50 day military campaign against Hamas in Gaza. Much of the money will come out of the nation’s education budget.

Posted on Aug 31, 2014 READ MORE



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Students Who Take Notes With Laptops Learn Less, and the Reason May Surprise You

A few months ago, research published in the journal Psychological Science revealed that students who handwrite their notes learn better than those who use laptops, and the reason is not because the latter are busy checking Facebook.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE



Back to School and to Widening Inequality

American kids are heading back to school. But the schools they’re going back to differ dramatically by family income.

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 READ MORE



Victim of McCarthy-Era Witch Hunt Calls on U-Illinois Not to Fire Critic of Israeli Policies

In the early 1950s, under the influence of Rep. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., a national witch hunt was conducted for leftists.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE



Study: Educational Segregation Plays a Role in Tea Party Allegiance

A study by researchers at the University of Notre Dame teased out a positive correlation between educational segregation, which can relate to other divisive factors but isn’t always interchangeable with them, and alignment with tea party ideology.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Unpaid Interns Can Collect Back Pay Without Hurting Their Careers

After a year scrutinizing the intern economy, ProPublica’s internship investigation is coming to an end. But before signing off, we wanted to do our own end-of-semester review.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE



Thinking Dangerously in an Age of Political Betrayal

Thinking has become dangerous in the United States. The indications are everywhere.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE



In Desegregation Case, Judge Blasts School Officials and Justice Department

A federal judge in Alabama says a local school board has failed to meet legal mandate to integrate.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE


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Meet the Groups Fighting Against Limits on Restraining School Kids

Republicans say it is a matter of states’ rights.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE


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Truthdiggers of the Week: Critics of L.A.’s Anti-Teacher Ruling

Michael Hiltzik and Ralph E. Shaffer revealed a court decision for what it is: a money-greased attempt to transfer control over education to the rich.

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 READ MORE



Diverse Group of Wealthy Elite Funded Attack on L.A. Teachers

Republicans, liberals, Hollywood stars and multinational corporate executives are all donating to the effort to strip public schools and teachers in Los Angeles and beyond of the means to perform their work without interference from private interests.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



‘Brief Histories of Inequality’: Student Debt Edition

Salon columnist Thomas Frank takes us from the start of the university “tuition spiral” in the early ’80s, past the refusal to note the role of ballooning administrative costs, and through the emergence of the view that as an investment in future earnings, individuals should shoulder whatever price for education the market sets.

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 READ MORE


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‘Borrowing to Attend an American College May Be Hazardous to Your Dreams’

What if the real reason college has become increasingly inaccessible is that the institution itself is a “scam meant to perpetuate the 1 percent?”

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Francisco ‘Papas Fritas’ Tapia

By burning up to $500 million worth of student debt contracts held by a corrupt, for-profit university, the Chilean artist reminds us of the virtue of principled anger.

Posted on May 25, 2014 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week: JoAnn Wypijewski

The Nation magazine journalist asks us to consider whether the internment of hundreds of public school teachers in district gulags is part of the ongoing effort to privatize education.

Posted on May 17, 2014 READ MORE



The Money-Making Spies Inside Digital Textbooks

With the expressed goal of identifying problems in learning, tech companies are monitoring the mouse clicks, keystrokes and “split-second hesitation[s]” of 4 million children across the country, Politico reports.

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Michelle Obama: Segregation Persists 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education Ruling

First lady Michelle Obama commemorated the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling on race-based school segregation with a sobering speech Friday to graduating high school seniors in Topeka, Kan.

Posted on May 16, 2014 READ MORE



The Maker Movement: Tinkering With the Idea That College Is for Everyone

Over the last 10 years or so, increasing numbers of Americans have been seeking the satisfaction that comes with a trade. But vocational education needs some rethinking.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE



Has Anyone Noticed That 234 Girls Were Abducted From Their School?

About two weeks ago, hundreds of Nigerian girls were kidnapped from their secondary school, but we’ve hardly heard a peep about it in U.S. media.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE



Neoliberalism, Democracy and the University as a Public Sphere

Of neoliberalism, Truthout contributor Henry Giroux tells Victoria Harper in an interview: “Not only is it the latest stage of predatory capitalism, but it is also part of a broader project of restoring class power and consolidating the rapid concentration of capital, particularly financial capital.”

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Affirmative Action

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Tree for the Forest

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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.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 21, 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.

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.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE


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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.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE


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