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Banning Howard Zinn’s Books Is Hardly a Way to “Start a Conversation”

On March 2, 2017, the Arkansas Times revealed that Republican State Rep. Kim Hendren had introduced a bill intended to outlaw the teaching of “books or any other material authored by or concerning Howard Zinn” in Arkansas public schools. Zinn, a historian who passed away in 2010, is best known for his work, A People’s History of the United States, which tells the American narrative from the perspective of the historically downtrodden, those swept under the rug in the myth of “American exceptionalism.” It is understandable, then, why a politician like Hendren would desire to limit student access to Zinn’s Read More …

Boston-area Education for Social Justice Conference, April 1, 2017

The conference is FREE and OPEN to all. Breakfast and lunch are included. Schedule 8:30-9:00 Breakfast 9:00-10:00 Welcome and Keynote 10:00-11:15 Workshop Session 1 11:20-12:35 Workshop Session 2 12:40-1:40 Lunch & Resource Fair 1:45-3:00 Youth Performances Open Mic Register here:  http://besj.weebly.com/registration.html Click here for more information on our Keynote Speakers and Workshops

Homeschoolers Want Fed Check, No Balance

Most of what’s catching the media’s attention — The Donald’s tweets and buffoonery, his latest failures as a communicator, his nuttiness and his hair — really won’t change our lives. Even his personal racism and xenophobia will fade when he’s gone. But the policies that are taking shape behind the scenes, including the appalling ideas from Congress as they pretend to follow the will of their voters, can change the United States and democracy forever. Way back two weeks ago, this column was concerned about privatizing the prisons. A bad idea, when fatcats can profit by locking up the poor Read More …

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 …

Schools push back against Trump’s transgender, immigration stances

Schools push back against Trump’s transgender, immigration stances  Alarmed by President Trump’s increasingly hostile stances on immigration and transgender issues, school officials from at least seven local cities and towns — as well as the state education department — have sent letters home or posted statements. In Needham, Superintendent Dan Gutekanst wrote that “collectively these actions and pronouncements impact us all by sending a message that an individual is not welcome or wanted.” “And that,” Gutekanst wrote, “is simply unacceptable.” To read the full story, visit: www.BostonGlobe.com.

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 …