Quebec Student Strike Wins Big

This photo was taken on March 22, 2012 by Scott Montreal

INDYPENDENT Psst, the secret is out: We fought the law and we won. Quebec’s five-month college and university student strike against tuition hikes ended in victory last week. Coming on the heels of the Arab Spring, the European revolts against disastrous austerity policies and the Occupy movement, Quebec students in three province-wide associations struck, hung tough and refused …

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Study Like Chomsky!

Cut out of Noam Chomsky juxtaposed with 4 book covers: Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations", Ha-Joon Chang's "Bad Samaritans", Noam Chomsky's "Hegemony or Survival", and Richard DuBoff's "Accumulation and Power"

From Correspondence with Noam Chomasky: You have often made reference to Adam Smith’s advice to a young United States to focus on its advantage in exporting raw materials, and to the historical US policy to instead invest and prop up its industrial base. Where is this quote of Adam Smith’s found, and what was the …

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Does John Pedicone want to close your neighborhood school?

Empty school in background, fence with large "CLOSED" sign in foreground

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN Parents and teachers worried about possible TUSD school closures would be wise to keep a close eye on what Superintendent John Pedicone‘s staff is calling the School Facilities Master Plan. At their July 10 regular meeting, TUSD board members approved what their agenda described as “guidelines and criteria for school consolidation process for the purpose of …

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Is American Education Backing the Wrong Horse? (Yes)

Apple with the words "Occupy Education" written inside it and overflowing with worms.

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN The claims The movement for national standards and tests is based on these claims: (1)  Our educational system is broken, as revealed by US students’ scores on international tests; (2) We must improve education to improve the economy; (3) The way to improve education is to have national standards and national tests …

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