Learning to fight the tyranny of a neo-liberal education: Chile and Ecuador

 picture of student protester and organizer, Camila Vallejo recently elected to Chilean Congress   As the hoax known as Obama’s 20/20 plan for higher education is barely mentioned in the US press, what is also missing from any discussion is what is going on in other parts of the world when it comes to higher […]

Using the for-profit college swindle to teach students critical literacy

“At its best, the theory of critical literacy needs to develop pedagogical practices in which the battle to make sense of one’s life reaffirms and furthers the need for teachers and students to recover their own voices so they retell their own histories and in so doing “check and criticize the history they are told […]

More in for-profit college news: Strayer, the teacher unions and 'call centers' called 'colleges' and 'universities'

All research for this post was provided by Dr. Dahn Shaulis, professor and researcher from New Jersey. As Dr. Shaulis writes: “Check out these photos I took in Philadelphia last week.  They illustrate the sociological imagination, showing the links between our present economic system and the gross inequality that it creates.  This is not a […]

The latest from the for-profit college scandal: FTC and Strayer

On October 31, 2013 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a pamphlet entitled, “Choosing A College: 8 Questions to Ask.” The agency’s main mission is “to prevent business practices that are anticompetitive or deceptive or unfair to consumers” (ibid). The FTC says it is now interested in protecting students from predatory for-profit colleges that steal around $33 […]

How to stop the billionaire bandits holding the US hostage

  It is clear that the so called “business and financial elites” have a stranglehold on our economy, government and political system, if not our minds.  The current shutdown of the government can be traced back to lobbying groups such as the US Chamber of Commerce and the billionaires who fund the Tea Party through […]

Online Degrees Are a Waste of Money!!

On-line degrees are not only a waste of money, but they fail to provide any meaningful learning.  While they are boasted to be about ‘getting a degree’ at one’s own leisure and isolated in the privacy of their own homes, the truth of the matter is far different. Below is one of the most honest […]

Student loan debt, ‘financial forgiveness’ and the perils of ‘moral hazard’

Can you imagine a country where education is not a human right but a commodity to be bought and sold using debt?  Yes, well America is one such country; there are many, many others (http://sinche.uom.gr/sites/default/files/proj15_ziderman.pdf). With for profit prisons, for profit medical care and for profit, well, for-profit everything when it comes to declaring independence […]

Lumina Foundation: working to reduce and standardize regulations: More on Obama's Race to the Top for higher ed

According to InsideHighered, online, from April 6, 2013: “The Lumina Foundation is putting $2.3 million behind a growing effort to reduce the regulatory burden on institutions that offer online courses to students across state lines, according to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education” (http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2013/08/06/lumina-backs-voluntary-state-network-distance-ed-regs). Four regional commissions, including WICHE, and a number of other […]