Category Archives: Education

Noam Chomsky and the Public Intellectual in Turbulent Times

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By Henry A. Giroux Noam Chomsky is a world renown academic best known not only for his pioneering work in linguistics but also for his ongoing work as a public intellectual in which he has addressed a number of important … Continue reading




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As Parents Struggle To Repay College Loans for Their Children, Taxpayers Also Stand To Lose

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By Marian Wang New Department of Education data shows rising default rates on federal loans to parents. Parents are increasingly struggling to repay federal loans they’ve taken out to help cover their children’s college costs, according to newly released federal … Continue reading




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Recognition of Right – Forty Years after the Rodriguez Case

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By Robert Fitzgerald Introduction In 1973, a case was decided by the Supreme Court of the United States that has had a profound impact on public education in America.  Though unknown by most laypeople today, San Antonio v. Rodriguez was the case … Continue reading




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Beyond Neoliberal Miseducation

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By Henry Giroux This article draws from a number of ideas in Henry A. Giroux’s newest book, Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education. As universities turn toward corporate management models, they increasingly use and exploit cheap faculty labor while expanding the … Continue reading




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Academia Under the Influence

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By Eleanor J. Bader While we may tend to romanticize universities as bastions of free thought and intellectual rigor, Piya Chatterjee and Sunaina Maira’s new book, The Imperial University: Academic Repression and Scholarly Dissent, demonstrates their subjection to the same ideological … Continue reading




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Striking for the Public University

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By Marjorie Elizabeth Wood Once hailed as the “Great Equalizer,” public higher education today has arguably become a driver of inequality. Earlier this year, hundreds of faculty members at the University of Illinois-Chicago canceled their classes and went on strike. … Continue reading




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Universities head for extinction

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By JM Coetzee This is an edited extract from novelist and academic JM Coetzee’s foreword to University of Cape Town fellow Professor John Higgins’s new book, Academic Freedom in a Democratic South Africa, published this month by Wits University Press … Continue reading




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The Other Public Humanities

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By Kristen Case Among the conclusions frequently drawn about the heavily reported “crisis in the humanities” is that humanities departments are woefully out of touch—with today’s students, with the new economy, with the public at large. The argument is a … Continue reading




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Reclaiming the Radical Imagination: Challenging Casino Capitalism’s Punishing Factories

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By Henry A. Giroux A society consisting of the sum of its vanity and greed is not a society at all but a state of war. – Lewis Lapham The Gilded Age is back, with huge profits for the ultrarich, hedge fund … Continue reading




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Pearson Inc., Rutgers and the fight for Quality Education

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By Deepa Kumar Pearson, Inc., which dominates the world of education testing and technology, was recently in the news because of illegal practices carried out by its charitable wing. Charitable foundations are not supposed to be in the business of making money, … Continue reading




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