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The University of the Spectacle


by James Compton The whole life of those universities in which modern conditions of managerialism prevail presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. All scholarship that was once directly lived has become mere representation. I am reminded of this … Continue reading

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The Canadian University and the War Against Omar Khadr


Tyler J. Pollard interviews David L. Clark Omar Khadr is a Canadian citizen who spent the first ten years of his life moving back and forth between Canada and Pakistan. In 1996 at the age of ten, he moved with … Continue reading

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Social Science Pedagogy in the 21st Century: What Should We Be Doing?


by Robert Fitzgerald “Society is never redeemed without effort, struggle, and sacrifice.”[1]  American progressive educator George Counts included this statement in the introduction of his most celebrated work titled Dare the School Build a New Social Order?  While this is a … 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


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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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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Can Democratic Education Survive in a Neoliberal Society?

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Studies Suggest Economic Inequity Is Built Into, and Worsened by, School Systems
Paul Thomas
, professor and prolific writer on educational issues (see his blog Radical Scholarship), traces trends in educational reforms in the United States, from charter schools to Teach for America. In his most recent article, he has synthesized his findings to outline how the language of American educational reform hides the real issues and links between educational and economic inequity.

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Through policy decisions that place the most qualified teachers in the highest-performing classrooms, which are typically in wealthier neighbourhoods, economic inequity is increasingly reflected in academic performance, thus creating a system in which economic and educational inequity are mutually reinforcing structures. “No excuses” reform masks these links by deliberately ignoring economic status, and further perpetuating the connection between economic and educational inequity.  Read the article…
By Alexandra Epp

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Five Facts that Put America to Shame
Paul Buchheit
outlines five key ways in which the United States has been harmed by the privatization of various institutions. The effects of privatization can be linked to the surprisingly low ranking for children’s health and safety statistics in the US; recent graduates of post-secondary institutions facing crippling debt; the collapse of the mortgage market and its disproportionately ruinous impact on black and Hispanic households; prisons that depend on large incarcerated populations; and a healthcare system that is financially irresponsible and discriminatory. The simplicity with which these points are laid out emphasizes the stark reality of how excessive privatization has impacted the essential services and function of American society. These observations need no adornment as they paint a bleak picture for the present and future of one of the most powerful nations in the world. Read the article…

By Alexandra Epp

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