By James Cersonsky - June 19, 2013
School police are the bedrock of the school-to-prison pipeline, a system that levies harsh punishments for nonviolent behavior and, despite scant evidence of greater infraction, funnels disproportionate numbers of black and Latino students out of school and into court...The commotion over school safety has also opened space for youth organizers to push the conversation in the opposite direction.
For growing numbers of American youths, higher education is increasingly out of reach. High tuition and fees make it unaffordable. So does a disturbing government/corporate partnership.
Predators must have knowledge about their prey if they are going to be successful hunters. It is clear that we have been studied and our weaknesses have been exploited in an effort to exhaust us economically, physically and spiritually. Renowned researcher, Alan Watt goes so far as to state that the perpetrators responsible for this ultimately want to destroy any sense of individuality in us whatsoever.
Abusing Prisoners Decreases Public Safety: An Interview with Educator, Author and Former Prisoner Shawn Griffith
This new book’s thoughtful analysis and chilling reflections on what author Shawn Griffith experienced while incarcerated is a remarkable illustration of why the US public must listen to the voices of current and former prisoners who have stories that only they can tell. Griffith writes that “by integrating my own personal experiences with statistics and examples from different corrections systems around the nation, I am attempting to discredit the general perception that the system is designed to enforce and protect justice for everyone."
The Continued Struggle for Educational Access by the Afrikan Community: In Solidarity with the Transitional Year Programme
The Network for Pan-Afrikan Solidarity (NPAS) stands firmly in solidarity with the Transitional Year Programme (TYP) and the Transitional Year Programme Preservation Alliance (TYPPA). The University of Toronto has been imposing conditions on the TYP that are not beneficial to the success of the program or the well-being of the students the program serves. We call on people of good conscience to support the TYP in resisting a restructuring plan that would dilute or destroy the culture and practice of equity and excellence in education that the TYP has carefully built over the last 43 years!
By Alex Kane - May 7, 2013
A student who was arrested and beaten for falling asleep at school is now suing an Alabama city, its police department and some school employees for civil rights violation, battery and negligent supervision and hiring...[A]fter the diabetic student fell asleep while in a room reserved for “in school suspensions,” a school police officer slammed her face into a cabinet and then arrested her.
By Steven Hsieh - May 1, 2013
A Florida teen with an exemplary record is facing federal charges after conducting what a classmate calls “a science project gone bad”...16-year-old Kiera Wilmot is accused of mixing housing chemicals in a small water bottle at Bartow High School, causing the cap to fly off and produce a bit of smoke. The experiment was conducted outdoors, no property was damaged, and no one was injured.
By Steven Hsieh - April 12, 2013
In Texas, hundreds of thousands of students are winding up in court for committing very serious offenses such as cursing or farting in class. Some of these so-called dangerous criminals...will face arrest and even incarceration, like the honors student who spent a night in jail for skipping class, or the 12-year-old who was arrested for spraying perfume on her neck.
By Chris Hedges - April 1, 2013
The power elite, especially the liberal elite, has always been willing to sacrifice integrity and truth for power, personal advancement, foundation grants, awards, tenured professorships, columns, book contracts, television appearances, generous lecture fees and social status. They know what they need to say. They know which ideology they have to serve. They know what lies must be told...They have been at this game a long time. And they will, should their careers require it, happily sell us out again.
It's on the chopping block for elimination. It's happening nationwide. Chicago perhaps reflects the epicenter of what's wrong.
"I Don’t Want a Dyke in this School:" Teachers and Students Called 16-Year-Old Girl "Freak," "Alien" and "He-She"
By Alyssa Figueroa - March 22, 2013
Within the first three days of enrolling in Magnolia Junior High School in Mississippi, Destin Holmes, a 16-year-old lesbian, said that teachers called her a “he” instead of “she” which Holmes requested...But that was just the beginning.
Harvard's motto is "VERITAS." It's shield and class rings display it. At issue is anti-Palestinian bias.
In June 2008, Allan Rock became university president. He's a former Canadian politician and UN ambassador. He's a pro-Israeli flack. He supports its worst crimes. His administration is unprincipled. It's marked by secrecy, political censorship, abuse of power, and repudiation of fundamental university values.
This video -- with commentary in French -- captures several minutes of footage of Montreal police charging protest lines.
By Charles Bogle and Fred Mazelis - WSWS
The Winter 2012-2013 issue of American Educator...features an article on Howard Zinn’s well-known A People’s History of the United States. The article, by Stanford University professor Sam Wineburg, is entitled, “Undue Certainty: Where Howard Zinn’s A People’s History Falls Short”...The AFT’s attack on Zinn...demonstrates that the union loyally defends the status quo. Wineburg’s attack is in part a preemptive attack, a warning that it will do its best to see that no exposure of the ruling elite is presented in middle- and high school classrooms.