Here’s How to Solve the Student Debt Crisis: Make College Free

In 2012, a small group with roots in Occupy Wall Street organized what they called 1T Day, to call attention to the moment student debt surpassed $1 trillion nationally. That number has since ballooned to $1.3 trillion and is expected to increase to a mind-boggling $2 trillion around 2022. Continue reading

What’s Good For Bill Gates Turns Out To Be Bad For Public Schools

David Morris On the Commons http://onthecommons.org/magazine/what%E2%80%99s-good-bill-gates-turns-out-be-bad-public-schools And, actually, bad for Microsoft too, as we learned recently Schools have a lot to learn from business about how to improve performance, declared Bill Gates in an Op Ed in the Wall Street Journal in … Continue reading

Are Americans Dumb? No, It’s the Inequality, Stupid

Sadhbh Walshe The Guardian/UK http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/09/americans-dumb-oecd-study-test-scores Are Americans dumb? This is a question that has been debated by philosophers, begrudging foreigners and late night TV talk show hosts for decades. Anyone who has ever watched the Tonight Show’s “Jaywalking” segment in … Continue reading

6 Ways Neoliberal Education Reform May Be Destroying a College Near You

Owen Davis AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/education/6-ways-neoliberal-education-reform-may-be-destroying-college-near-you?paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark This past August at the State University of New York, Buffalo, President Obama made a familiar offer: “major new reforms,” this time in higher education, “that will shake up the current system.” The New York Times described it … Continue reading

Beyond Savage Politics and Dystopian Nightmares

Henry A. Giroux Truthout http://www.truthdig.com/report/print/beyond_savage_politics_and_dystopian_nightmares_20130926 We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the press destroys information, religion destroys morals, and our banks destroy the economy. —Chris Hedges What … Continue reading