China Enters “Testing-free” Zone: The New Ten Commandments of Education Reform

No standardized tests, no written homework, no tracking. These are some of the new actions China is taking to lessen student academic burden. The Chinese Ministry of Education released Ten Regulations to Lessen Academic Burden for Primary School Students this week for public commentary. The Ten Regulations are introduced as one more significant measure to reform China’s education, in addition to further reduction of academic content, lowering the academic rigor of textbooks, expanding criteria for education quality, and improving teacher capacity.

 

The regulations included in the published draft are:

 

  1. Transparent admissions. Admission to a school cannot take into account any achievement certificates or examination results. Schools must admit all students based on their residency without considering any other factors.
  2. Balanced Grouping. Schools must place students into classes and assign teachers randomly. Schools are strictly forbidden to use any excuse to establish “fast-track” and “slow-track” classes. Συνέχεια
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Ισχύς και εξουσία. Επανεπινοώντας την επανάσταση

cadena-humanaτου Amador Fernández-Savater

Πώς είναι δυνατόν πενήντα άνθρωποι να μπορούν να σταματήσουν μια βίαιη έξωση; Όχι μόνο μία φορά, αλλά ξανά και ξανά (μέχρι και εξακόσιες φορές). Αυτή την ερώτηση έχω στο μυαλό μου για ένα διάστημα. Κατά τη διάρκεια των διαδηλώσεων 25-S στη Μαδρίτη1, είδαμε ότι η αστυνομία μπορεί να εκδιώξει οποιοδήποτε αριθμό διαδηλωτών από οπουδήποτε. Έτσι, τι είδους ισχύς επιτρέπει σε αυτά τα πενήντα άτομα να σταματήσουν μια έξωση κατάσχεσης; Τι σημαίνει να έχουν ισχύ, αν δεν είναι ακριβώς το ίδιο με το να έχουν εξουσία (σωματική, ποσοτική, οικονομική, θεσμική, κλπ.); Το κείμενο αυτό είναι η δική μου απόπειρα απάντησης, που, σε καμία περίπτωση, δεν εξαντλεί πλήρως το ζήτημα. Υπάρχει χώρος για περισσότερες απαντήσεις και, πάνω απ “όλα, για να συνεχίσουμε να θέτουμε την ερώτηση – αυτό, πιστεύω, είναι το πιο σημαντικό. Συνέχεια

Eurocentric Anti-Eurocentrism — Ellen Meiksins Wood

 

 


THE QUESTION OF «Eurocentrism» is a vexing problem not only for academia but for the left. In the broadest sense, Eurocentrism can be understood as the implicit view that societies and cultures of European origin constitute the «natural» norm for assessing what goes on in the rest of the world.

Within this vast area of debate, one particular subtopic has been an object of intense scrutiny among scholars: the real-or-alleged centrality of Europe in preparing the explosion of economic development, science and technology, the Enlightenment and the expansion of the role of the individual-as well as intensified exploitation and colonial conquest-that heralded the modem world.

All these things, taken together, are commonly taken to be synonymous with capitalism.  It is precisely this identification that is challenged in this essay by Marxist historian Ellen Meiksins Wood, along with the notion that ascribing European agrarian origins to capitalism entails a view of Europe as a civilizing vanguard. Συνέχεια

Combative Unionism: Waging Class War within Labour featured image

 

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After putting much of our efforts in the cross Canada Speaking Tour on Combative Unionism, a debate on Combative unionism took place inside and outside of Prairie Struggle giving way to PSO’s first position paper. In this position paper we hope to contribute to the relevant work and theoretical development that has been done or is already underway. We salute our comrades within the revolutionary left that are active in undermining bureaucratic control over working class power.

As anarchists, we at the Prairie Struggle Organization have dedicated much time and effort to agitation within the working class and its labour organizations. Despite our various efforts, wins, losses and relationships created we still find ourselves questioning the most effective method to agitate on the shop floors, within schools and in our communities.
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The Confidential Memo at the Heart of the Global Financial Crisis By Greg Palast

 

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When a little birdie dropped the End Game memo through my window, its content was so explosive, so sick and plain evil, I just couldn’t believe it.

The Memo confirmed every conspiracy freak’s fantasy: that in the late 1990s, the top US Treasury officials secretly conspired with a small cabal of banker big-shots to rip apart financial regulation across the planet. When you see 26.3 percent unemployment in Spain, desperation and hunger in Greece, riots in Indonesia and Detroit in bankruptcy, go back to this End Game memo, the genesis of the blood and tears.

The Treasury official playing the bankers’ secret End Game was Larry Summers. Today, Summers is Barack Obama’s leading choice for Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, the world’s central bank. If the confidential memo is authentic, then Summers shouldn’t be serving on the Fed, he should be serving hard time in some dungeon reserved for the criminally insane of the finance world. Συνέχεια

«Όροι και προϋποθέσεις» για έναν πετυχημένο αγώνα των εκπαιδευτικών που δεν μπορεί παρά να είναι ο ξεσηκωμός της κοινωνίας ;lgftdstr

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Αποφάσισα να γράψω αυτό το κείμενο ως αναπληρωτής, ως αμετανόητος απεργός του 2006, ως εργαζόμενος που δεν ταυτίζεται με τις κλασσικές συνδικαλιστικές πρακτικές και νοοτροπίες της αντιπροσώπευσης, ως χρήστης «παράξενων εργαλείων» ταξικής ανάλυσης όπως η εργατική έρευνα και η ταξική σύνθεση που μας κληρονόμησε ο ιταλικός «αυτόνομος» μαρξισμός και τέλος, ως ένας άνθρωπος που προετοιμαζόταν για μια μεγάλη μάχη και άκουσε ότι «δεν υπήρχαν οι όροι και οι προϋποθέσεις»…

1.1   ΠολΥ γρΗγορα: Η γενικΗ κατΑσταση Συνέχεια

Why Are the Rich So Interested in Public-School Reform?

They want to remake America’s students in their own high-achieving image, but they’re overlooking socioeconomics

 

It was perhaps inevitable that the political moment that has given birth to the Occupy movement, pitting Main Street against Wall Street and the 99% against the financial elite, would eventually succeed in making some chinks in the armor of the 1%’s favorite feel-good hobby: the school reform movement. Συνέχεια

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