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 […]

"The tragedy of the Public Commons": California City College and the neo-enclosure movement in education

Readers who are familiar with the controversy over the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) and the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC’s) failure to accredit the once community college, are also familiar with the Lumina Foundation and the role it played in assuring that CCSF would not be re-accredited. College and university […]

Criminalizing unions and student groups in Mexico

  On Friday September 13, 2013, the federal police marched in Mexico City’s historic central square to retake space from thousands of teachers who had been occupying it for the past month to protest an overhaul of nation’s education policies. It all happened in a matter of minutes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0m2b4bCwoE&feature=youtu.be).  After a month of tolerating the […]

The Privatization of Education, SFCC and Occupy SF

by Bob Gorringe Occupy SF Where should SF Occupy-Action Council (215 Golden Gate Avenue-2 PM every Sunday) direct its energy today? There’s the issue of the Privatization of Education as exemplified in the austerity programs being crammed down the throats of San Franciscan voters and taxpayers at City College despite the fact that the citizens […]

AFT Pres Weingarten Supports Charters, Merit Pay, Green Dot Schools and Attacks UTLA during 2010 Visit to SF: “I started a Green Dot school in New York”!

In the following video (http://blip.tv/laborvideo/aft-pres-weingarten-supports-good-charters-merit-pay-and-attacks-utla-during-visit-to-sf-3538770, you can see what American Federation of Teachers, (AFT) President, Randi Weingarten had to say back in 2010 when asked what plan and strategy AFT had to fight privatization. The video is important for it sheds some history as to where we are and how we got here. In this […]

Fraud, lies and cheating among British parents to get their kids in coveted primary schools

 Andrew Hartman, who teaches history at Illinois StateUniversity, had a brilliant piece in the Washington Post regarding Teach for America (TFA), the reserve labor army for the capitalist class in their effort to destroy teacher unions and the teaching profession.  Although the discussion centered around TFA, Hartman did comment about the rampant cheating on test […]

Ben Austin of Parent Revolution and Gates' supplicant booted from State Education Board

Governor Jerry Brown, gave several backers of charter schools the bum’s rush from the state’s Board of Education this week. Brown appointed people who the L.A. Times says are aligned with “traditional” players in the education game. Critics, better read as charter school supporters and educational privatizers see the hand of California’s teachers unions in the move.  The unions […]

The US Needs to Tap into India’s educational market and other Foreign Markets to Bail-out its financially broken state colleges and universities

 As Anil Sadgopal, writer for Tehelka news out of India noted: “It is no mere coincidence that the only school President Obama will be visiting during his Indian trip will be a well-endowed private school in Mumbai. He did not opt to visit any of the 2,000 plus Bombay Municipal Corporation schools. This question may […]

Attending the AFT convention in Seattle and protesting with BAMN and others, the horrific policies of Race to the Top

  The American Federation of Teachers: the Seattle Conference and the opposition to the privatization of education According to the corporate Seattle Times, a lap dog for special interests fanning the flames of school privatization: “Rowdy delegates to a national teachers convention Saturday gave several standing ovations to Bill Gates, whose billions in foundation grants […]