Sign Students Protest Letter of Support, National College of Art & Design (Dublin, Ireland)

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More than 100 NCAD students took part in the protest.  Credit: NCAD Student Action More than 100 NCAD students took part in the protest. Credit: NCAD Student Action

Please Consider supporting the students at The National College of Art & Design (Dublin, Ireland) by signing this letter.

If you would like to sign this letter just post a comment and list your title, name and affiliation as follows:

«Dr. Jane Doe, Associate Professor at the University of the Universe»

Letter of Support for NCAD Student Action

As academics, administrators, and PhD students, both national and international, we are writing to express our support for the student campaign currently underway at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. The current campaign mirrors those taking place across Europe and further afield and shares with them a common feature: the continued corporatisation of the higher education system to the detriment of the student body.

It is clear that the proposed changes at NCAD will result…

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THE WESTERN ISIS TECHNIQUE: FUND THEM, TRAIN THEM, ARM THEM AND KILL THEM

GLOBAL MARCH FOR PEACE!

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by Syarif Hidayat

The western countries – The United States, The United Kingdom and Israel – technique for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or also known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) groups of fighters (terrorists) involves funding them, training them, arming them and killing them after they are no longer worth using strategically for the western ploys against Islam and Muslim World or the groups they are creating and arming start to backfire against their creators, trainers and financiers.

US Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States provides the so-called moderate militants fighting against the Syrian government forces with $ 40 million in urgent aid. «I’m happy to announce an additional 40 (m) million dollars in immediate assistance for the opposition and this includes more than 15…

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The Hypocrisy of the American University

The Homeless Adjunct

This post offers Part 2 of our conversation with Pennsylvania State Senator, Daylin Leach.

It has been many years now since faculty voices within academia have been speaking out against adjunct hiring, which is the low-wage semester-by-semester hiring of university professors that has replaced full-time status for approximately 75% our country’s college educators. Gradually, awareness of the situation has grown, with concern about the many ways these hiring practices negatively impact not only the role of our scholars in higher education, but the quality of education our students are receiving. It wasn’t until the death of adjunct professor Margaret Mary Vojtko, and the outcry created by a series of articles, the first written by Daniel Kovalik for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, that the cold-hearted cruelty, the social injustice of such practices really became part of the public conversation.

Talking about the late Professor, our Pennsylvania State Senator, Daylin Leach, discusses…

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Multiple Extrajudicial Executions of Children Who Had Participated in Student Protests

Human Rights Observation/Honduras

English translation by Beth Geglia. El original en español ya está aquí:

Múltiple ejecución arbitraria de niños que habían participado en protestas estudiantiles

Honduras, March 26, 2015

The Committee for Freedom of Expression (C-Libre). Four students were assassinated on March 24th in Honduras during a wave of student protests that began 12 days ago. This multiple-assassination “is an attempt to eliminate the student struggle,” different human rights organizations denounced in press releases.

The National Network of Human Rights Defenders in Honduras expressed concern and consternation to the national and international community, “for the events that have occurred in recent hours in the country against the student movement in which four middle school students had their lives taken: Soad Nicolle Ham Bustillo (13), Elvin Antonio López (19), and Darwin Josué Martínez (21). They were student activists and participants in recent protests that have demanded that the Honduran government improve conditions…

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GCAS Statement & Strategy

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GCAS Statement & Strategy

“As President of GCAS, I want to recall to all our students and faculty that what is important is to keep in mind the very essence of our school: not to accumulate some knowledge for finding a place in the world as it is, even if to know the world is useful and to find a place a necessity. But to learn what is a true thinking for changing the world under the principles of equality and priority of the common good against the present dictatorship of private property and individual satisfaction.” –Alain Badiou

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Powerful economic forces are dramatically reshaping all aspects of our world into an authoritarian corporate outlook that directly undermines democratic organization and governance, of the people, by the people, for the people. Nowhere is this more visible than in the education sector.

Higher education has entered a crisis period on a global…

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What is the Young Teachers Collective?

Young Teachers Collective

As future and young teachers, we are constantly advised not to go into teaching. We are painted as apathetic and unaware of “what we’re getting ourselves into.” This idea completely ignores the fact that the next generation of teachers are the same students who experienced the faults of oppressive reforms. From No Child Left Behind (NCLB), to de facto segregation of schools, we know that education can and should be so much more. The Young Teachers Collective, a group of future and young teachers from across the country, are ready to make our voices heard.

GOALS

The current climate of the education system is not inviting. We constantly see poor reforms implemented by people the most distant from the classroom. We constantly hear «don’t go into teaching.» Regardless, we see the profession as something worth fighting for. In order to win this struggle, we understand the importance of coming together to support…

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Common Core does not work because it was never designed to work.

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Common Core does not work because it was never designed to work.

Simply shifting demands down by 1-2 years, with no regard for age/grade appropriateness, is producing the exact failure rates those in charge predicted. Of course in cases where the results do not meet predictions, cut scores are adjusted to guarantee the predicted rate of failure.

Everyone knows you can’t turn a 3rd grader into a 5th grader. Why would you ever want to? Unfortunately, that’s what is demanded of the Common Core standards and its high stakes testing.

Here is the shift in Lexile levels.  Each grader reading requirements were increased by 1-2 grade levels:

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Not one elementary teacher or child development expert was ever part of the Common Core process and it’s showing.  Read this shocking Joint Statement of Early Childhood Health and Education Professionals on the Common Core Standards Initiative.  It was a warning sign that…

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GCAS: Ανακοινώνει το πρώτο διεθνές συνέδριο “Η ανάδυση της Δημοκρατίας: Από τις Εξεγέρσεις στο «Συμβάν» ”

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Το Global Center for Advanced Studies

Ανακοινώνει το πρώτο διεθνές συνέδριο

“Η ανάδυση της Δημοκρατίας: Από τις Εξεγέρσεις στο «Συμβάν» ”

Ημερομηνία: 16-19 Ιουλίου 2015, Αθήνα

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Χαιρετισμό θα απευθύνουν οι:

Αλαίν Μπαντιού, Πρόεδρος του GCAS

Γαβριήλ Σακελλαρίδης, Κυβερνητικός Εκπρόσωπος

Αριστίδης Μπαλτάς, Υπυργός Παιδείας

Τάσος Κουράκης, Υφυπουργός Παιδείας

Κεντρικές ομιλίες:

Tariq AliMaria AristodemouBruno BosteelsJodi DeanCostas DouzinasStathis KouvelakisPaul MasonMaria NikolakakiLeo Panitch

Προσκεκλημένοι ομιλητές :
Athena AthanasiouAlex CallinicosAris ChatzistefanouDimitris DalakoglouCreston Davis, Paolo Gerbaudo,Stathis GourgourisSigrid Hackenberg, Dave HillSrecko HorvatAzfar Hussain, Athina Karatzogianni, Kostis KarpozilosTheodore Koulouris,Claudia Landolfi,  Spyros Marketos, John Milios, Rodrigo Guimaraes Nunes, Neni PanourgiaJulie Resche, Jerome Roos, Gabriel SakellaridisLola SánchezHelena Sheehan

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Wendy Brown, Neoliberalism, and Why Taking Your Work Email Off Your Phone Will Not Save Democracy

The Trott Line

Neoliberalism: What is it?

I’m currently teaching a course on the Philosophy of Commerce.  I think of this course as an effort to get students to challenge the notion that everything could be economized.  Following Arendt, I’m trying to get students to see what is lost when pursuits of living or living large (when the pursuit of living becomes excessive) crowd out any consideration for living well, which is to say, for organizing and determining how life ought to be in conversation and contestation with others.  This determining how life ought to be is in contrast to just determining what to do in order to live.  This concern has been with us for some time, but in the last several decades a new and even more far-reaching economization of life has occurred, wherein individuals have come to think of themselves as entrepeneurial capital projects.

This development is neoliberalism, which is the subject…

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A New Hope is Emerging for the «Lost Generation»

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Lost generation crowd. Unemployed youths rally in the streets of Madrid during the General strike on March 29.  Photo by Christian Als Lost generation crowd. Unemployed youths rally in the streets of Madrid during the General strike on March 29. Photo by Christian Als

A new outlook is struggling to emerge.  One can describe this outlook as tethered to movements such as the Arab Spring, Occupy and more recently the left-wing political parties of Syriza (in Greece) and Podemos (in Spain).  Closely related to this is a new generation that has broken from the post-Cold War paradigm in which old Left struggles were defined vis-a-vis communism and capitalism.  With the collapse of perverted forms of communism more than a generation ago new struggles are started to formulate in ways that the standard old school division of «Left/Right» cannot account for.

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 1.24.34 PMAlthough these movements are different in their particularities and geographic regions there are several factors that can be said to unify these uprisings.  First, there is a resistance to new more pronounced…

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Comrade Jesus: an epistolic manifesto

Philosophers for Change

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by Peter McLaren

As critical educators we take pride in our search for meaning, and our metamorphosis of consciousness has taken us along many different paths, to different places, if not in a quest for truth, then at least to purchase a crisper and more perspicuous reality from which to inaugurate a radical reconstruction of society through educational, political and spiritual transformation. What forces are at work to disable our quest are neither apparent nor easily discerned and critical educators have managed to appropriate many different languages with which to navigate the terrain of current educational reform. This essay adopts the language of Marxist humanism, revolutionary critical pedagogy and Christian socialism.

What this essay recriminates in official education is not only its puerile understanding of the meaning and purpose of public knowledge but its hypocrisy in advocating critical thinking – as in the case of the recent educational panacea known…

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Call for Papers, GCAS Conference «Democracy Rising» July 16-19 Athens Free & Open to the Public

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CALL FOR PAPERS: GCAS Conference “Democracy Rising”

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The Global Center for Advanced Studies

Announces Our First World Conference

“Democracy Rising: From Insurrections to ‘Event’”

 REGISTER HERE

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Date: July 16-19th 2015, Athens, Greece

Conference Greetings by:

Alain Badiou (GCAS President)

Gabriel Sakellaridis (Central Spokesperson of the Greek Government) 

Aristides Baltas (Greek Minister of Education)  

Plenary Speakers:  

Tariq Ali

Maria Aristodemou

Bruno Bosteels

Jodi Dean

Costas Douzinas

Stathis Kouvelakis

Paul Mason

Maria Nikolakaki

Leo Panitch

Featured Speakers:

Athena AthanasiouAlex CallinicosAris ChatzistefanouDimitris DalakoglouCreston Davis, Paolo Gerbaudo,Stathis GourgourisSigrid Hackenberg, Dave HillSrecko HorvatAzfar Hussain, Athina Karatzogianni, Kostis KarpozilosTheodore Koulouris,Claudia Landolfi,  Spyros Marketos, John Milios, Rodrigo Guimaraes Nunes, Neni PanourgiaJulie Resche, Jerome Roos, Gabriel SakellaridisLola…

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The Powerful, Enforced Silence Around Standardized Testing

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Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing takes more than ten hours for students in grades 3 through 8 to complete.

These students have spent countless hours preparing for the PARCC tests, and they have heard that the tests are important. However, they will receive no immediate, clear benefit from taking the tests. Their teachers will receive no clear, immediate information to inform instruction. By the time PARCC scores come, the school year is over, and likely another begun.

The teachers know that student scores on PARCC are meant to be used to grade them and their schools.

All of the above makes for a high-stress situation for both kids and teachers.

And once it is over, kids now know that the testing companies and departments of education are trolling social media to see if kids discuss the experience.

Such constitutes an abuse of power.

Pretend…

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