How San Francisco Student Activists Made College Free Again

City College of San Francisco will be the first in the nation to offer free tuition to all city residents. BY s.e. smith   “Education is an essential public good. It should be a right and not a privilege.” This fall, San Francisco is set to offer something no other U.S. city does: tuition-free college for all residents, whether they’re low-income immigrants or the children of tech CEOs. On February 6, following months of organizing by students, faculty and labor activists, Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Jane Kim announced a deal that will eliminate tuition at the City College of Read More …

Students for Bernie Find Their Home in Growing Socialist Movements

By Tom Hesse March 17, 2017 Courtesy of Young Democratic Socialists Members of the Young Democratic Socialists gather at the organization’s annual winter conference, in Brooklyn, N.Y. “You could actually watch our membership tick up as the results came in,” one student leader said, describing the election’s effect on the group. For Ajmal Alami, it’s more important “to have workers win a $15 minimum wage than it is to, maybe, change the name of a building to someone else’s name.” “Not that those aren’t campaigns worth going for,” said Mr. Alami, the campus coordinator for the Young Democratic Socialists at Read More …

Native American student removed from class for refusing to pledge allegiance to flag

This I think is an impressive young woman who for many of her own reasons and as a member of the Oklahoma Cherokee Nation refused to be coerced into a pledge that she fundamentally disagrees with by a rather strident nationalist teacher. “After I said I was not going to participate, my teacher raised her voice and said she refused to educate ungodly and unpatriotic students,” said Fields. “She was angry and told me that I needed to take an online course to better understand why I needed to participate.” Fields continued, “After I refused to pledge to the flag, my teacher Read More …

Iowa Bill Would Force Universities to Hire Right-Wing Professors

As Republican-dominated state governments push frightening right-wing legislation nationwide, a GOP senator in Iowa joined the fray on Monday with a bill that would force universities to exclusively hire Republican professors and temporarily bar Democrats until “partisan balanced” is reached. The bill, Senate File 288, “could bring about a Soviet-style purge of liberal-leaning college staff in Iowa,” warned Pat Rynard in the local politics blog Iowa Starting Line.  “The obvious impact and purpose of this bill would be to ban Democrats from getting hired anymore at Iowa colleges,” Rynard continued. “If you took a survey right now, it’s highly likely that Iowa Read More …

Youngstown State Adjuncts “Celebrate” 25 Years Without a Raise

    Colleen Flaherty February 22, 2017 Inside Higher Ed   The last time adjunct instructors recieved a wage increase was 25 years ago. They celebrated that long ago event with a party that included a cake. You only turn 25 years without a raise once. That was the idea behind a tongue-in-cheek party adjunct instructors at Youngstown State University threw for themselves this month, to mark a quarter-century without any increase in pay. Yes, there was cake. “My contribution to the event was a ‘then and now’ picture display of what some of the adjunct faculty looked like 25 Read More …

US Libraries Join Struggle to Resist the Trump Administration

  US Libraries Join Struggle to Resist the Trump Administration    Danuta Kean February 21, 2017 The Guardian (UK)   Along with efforts to guide readers to trustworthy information sources, many branches are working to make themselves `sanctuary spaces’ for immigrants. ‘Our nation’s 120,000 public, academic, school and special libraries serve all community members, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities and the most vulnerable in our communities, offering services and…resources that transform communities, open minds, and promote inclusion and diversity,’     Librarians call to quiet discrimination against Trump Administration immigration policies., Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images // The Read More …

Shootings at School Follow Trends in the Unemployment Rate

Part of why we struggle to understand school shootings is because there isn’t enough data available about these extremely rare events. A recent study published in Nature Human Behavior describes a carefully curated dataset for US school shootings between 1990-2013, created from existing data and original data sources. In their analysis, the authors of this paper found that the rate of school shootings increased from 2007-2013. They also found data that suggested increased shooting rates were correlated with increases in unemployment rates. This finding indicates that high levels of economic distress may lead to increases in school-related gun violence. Previous research Read More …

It Will be Called Americanism: the US Writers Who Imagined a Fascist Future

  It Will be Called Americanism: the US Writers Who Imagined a Fascist Future    Sarah Churchwell February 3, 2017 The Guardian   From Sinclair Lewis and Philip Roth to Donald Trump’s favourite film, Citizen Kane, US culture has long told stories about homegrown authoritarianism. What can we learn from them?   ‘Trump has said he identifies with Kane’ … Orson Welles in Citizen Kane (1941), Allstar/RKO,   “To have enslaved America with this hocus-pocus! To have captured the mind of the world’s greatest nation without uttering a single word of truth! Oh, the pleasure we must be affording the Read More …

NFEW: Jessica Luther on Why Sexual Violence by College Athletes Is Rarely Addressed

By Joe Macaré via Truthout A toxic version of masculinity, and an acceptance of sexual violence as the norm, can and do manifest in all areas of our society — from the workplace to the home, from the schoolyard to the White House. In her book Unsportsmanlike Conduct, journalist Jessica Luther makes the case that these issues have a particular pernicious impact in the realm of American college sports. Since college is where we tend to assume that many young people learn to be adults, and since male athletes are assumed to be one of the models for masculinity, the high Read More …

NFEW: Why Students Can’t Google Their Way to the Truth

Why Students Can’t Google Their Way to the Truth – Fact-checkers and students approach websites differently by Sam Wineburg and Sarah McGrew Did Donald Trump support the Iraq War? Hillary Clinton says yes. He says no. Who’s right? In search of answers, many of us ask our kids to “Google” something. These so-called digital natives, who’ve never known a world without screens, are the household’s resident fact-checkers. If anyone can find the truth, we assume, they can. Don’t be so sure. True, many of our kids can flit between Facebook and Twitter while uploading a selfie to Instagram and texting Read More …