Category Archives: Education

The Public Professor: Dissent in Commodified Higher Education, Or…What Kind of University Will My Daughter Attend in 2027?

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By Christian Christensen The following is the text of my public Professorial Installation lecture given at Uppsala University. These lectures have been given at Uppsala University for centuries, and are intended for a broad audience. In 1967, in a piece … Continue reading




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Henry Giroux on the “School to Prison Pipeline”

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Interview with Bill Moyers Education expert Henry Giroux tells Bill public schools are suffering from an overemphasis on academic testing as teachers are stripped of their powers, in schools with disciplinary systems that resemble prisons. “The discipline, particularly in these urban … Continue reading




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How Our Public Schools Became a “Communist Threat”

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By Paul Buchheit Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast called the public school system a “socialist regime.” Michelle Rhee cautions us against commending students for their ‘participation’ in sports and other activities. Privatizers believe that any form of working together as a community is anti-American. … Continue reading




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Public Intellectuals Against the Neoliberal University

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by Henry Giroux I want to begin with the words of the late African-American poet, Audre Lourde, who was in her time a formidable writer, educator, feminist, gay rights activist and public intellectual who displayed a relentless courage in addressing … Continue reading




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Intellectuals as Subjects and Objects of Violence

By Henry A. Giroux Edward Snowden, Russ Tice, Thomas Drake, Jeremy Scahill, and Julian Assange, among others, have recently made clear what it means to embody respect for a public intellectual debate, moral witnessing and intellectual culture. They are not … Continue reading




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Journey for Justice: Mass School Closings and the Death of Communities

By Tolu Olorunda  “The last of our four turnaround models is simply to close underperforming schools and re-enroll the students in better schools. This may seem like surrender, but in some cases it’s the only responsible thing to do. It … Continue reading




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Dissident Poetry: The Classroom

By Ephraim Hussain The isolation of the classroom You are together but really you are alone It depresses me Ann Margaret Sharp[i] talks about a community of learning, teaching for democracy, but it doesn’t feel like it. Something must happen. … Continue reading




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The Politics of Educational Assessment in South African Public Schooling, 1994-2010

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By Scott Timcke (School of Communication, Simon Fraser University) Over the past two decades various government jurisdictions within the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States have implemented learning outcomes and student centered learning models in their schooling systems. At … Continue reading




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Race to the Top Hits Bump

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By Larry Greer The leading elite Racers to the Top of the nation’s school reform movement suffered a minor setback last semester when an unfortunate word problem slipped somehow through the quality control cracks at one of the country’s top … Continue reading




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Exploring Misogyny in the Amanda Todd Case: How Prevention Education Can Better Address Sexual Assault

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By Kiera Obbard On October 10, 2012 in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, 15-year-old Amanda Todd committed suicide following years of blackmail, sexual harassment, and bullying. Weeks earlier, Todd had posted a heart-wrenching video to YouTube that outlined on handwritten cue … Continue reading




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