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
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
In the current economic climate, state-imposed austerity measures are being used to justify the movement of public revenue away from higher education. The effect has resulted in universities seeking revenue from sources such as contracts with private industry and student tuition fees. While higher education is undergoing this financial assault, it is also being accused of having marginal public value or “relevance” and so of being little more than a burden on taxpayers – with these claims disproportionately bashing the arts and the humanities as useless disciplines. As these budget cuts and populist beliefs spur the transformation of higher education into a market-driven endeavour defending itself on all sides (from both traditionalists and progressives), the engaged scholarship programs being established in many universities stand as crucial forces necessary both to oppose the intellectually and democratically suffocating attack on the institution and to reclaim higher education as a public good. Continue reading
Violence USA: An Interview with Henry Giroux
Radio host Michael Slate speaks with Henry Giroux about his recent article “Violence USA: The Warfare State and the Brutalizing of Everyday Life.” The interview contextualizes the article, making Giroux’s previous insights all the more valuable. Listen along as Giroux clarifies and explores some of the most salient points in his article: the warfare state today as opposed to the warfare state of the past; the brutality of the entertainment industry; the link between militarization and privatization of schools, and more.
Listen to the interview…