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Henry A. Giroux | Public Intellectuals Against the Neoliberal University

  • "The University is a critical institution or it is nothing." - Stuart Hall
  • Confronting the Liberal Arts Conundrum
  • 6 ways neoliberal education reform is destroying our college system

Henry A Giroux, Truthout

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013 | I want to begin with the words of the late African-American poet, Audre Lourde, who was in her time a formidable writer, educator, feminist, gay rights activist and public intellectual who displayed a relentless courage in addressing the injustices she witnessed all around her.  She writes:

"Poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action. Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought. The farthest horizons of our hopes and fears are cobbled by our poems, carved from the rock experiences of our daily lives."1

 

Henry Giroux is an American cultural critic. One of the founding theorists of critical pedagogy in the United States, he is best known for his pioneering work in public pedagogy, cultural studies, youth studies, higher education, media studies, and critical theory

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Confronting the Liberal Arts Conundrum, Cathy Sandeen, Huffingon Post

  • How do we scale up with quality while balancing the need for broad education and specialized knowledge leading to employment? The answer is we must do both.
  • What's Wrong With the American University System

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6 ways neoliberal education reform is destroying our college system, Owen Davis, AlterNet

  • Higher ed is on the verge of falling victim to the same dangerous ideologies as K-12
  • Henry A. Giroux | When Schools Become Dead Zones of the Imagination
  • The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff

Special Project | The War on Children: Week of October 27, 2013

  • The United States is one of the few countries in the world that puts children in supermax prisons, tries them as adults, incarcerates them for exceptionally long periods of time, defines them as super predators, pepper sprays them for engaging in peaceful protests, and, in an echo of the discourse of the war on terror, describes them as 'teenage time bombs.' 
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Confronting the Liberal Arts Conundrum, Cathy Sandeen, Huffingon Post

  • How do we scale up with quality while balancing the need for broad education and specialized knowledge leading to employment? The answer is we must do both.
  • What's Wrong With the American University System?

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6 ways neoliberal education reform is destroying our college system, Owen Davis, AlterNet

  • Higher ed is on the verge of falling victim to the same dangerous ideologies as K-12
  • Henry A. Giroux | When Schools Become Dead Zones of the Imagination
  • The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff

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Henry A. Giroux | When Schools Become Dead Zones of the Imagination, Henry A. Giroux, Truthout

  • Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak. --Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • A Critical Pedagogy Manifesto
  • The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff

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A Father Reprimands His Homophobic Child In This Beautiful Letter, Joseph Lamour, Upworthy

I'm not sharing this because I think this letter is fantastic (even though it is). This letter really illustrates that prejudice isn't always something that is learned from your parents.

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No more debt!: The new plan to destroy tuition and loans, David Sirota, Salon

  • A new system would get rid of college debt, by making some schools free -- with a novel way to pay it forward
  • The concept at its core is a creative proposal to expand access to the current flawed system.
  • The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff

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N.Y.U. Gives Its Stars Loans for Summer Homes, Ariel Kaminer and Alain Delaqueriere, New York (NY) Times

  • “Universities are tax-exempt to educate students, not help their executives purchase vacation homes,” Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, said in a statement on Monday. “It’s hard to see how the student with a lifetime of debt benefits from his university leaders’ weekend homes in the Hamptons.”
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School is a prison — and damaging our kids, Peter Gray, Salon <>

  • Longer school years aren't the answer. The problem is school itself. Compulsory teach-and-test simply doesn't work
  • School Reformers Give a Lesson in Corruption

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Bill Maxwell: Have this talk with your sons, Bill Maxwell, St. Petersburg (FL) Times 

While we need to have this "talk" with our sons, there is another talk we need to have. I'm naming it the victim talk.

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Pope Francis, The Vatican: Stop Sexual Abuse For Good, Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, Change.org 

  • Australian Catholic Bishops Geoffrey Robinson, Bill Morris and Pat Power call on Pope Francis to seize the opportunity of his appointment to establish a Council of the whole Church, inclusive of the laity from around the globe, to confront the global sex abuse scandal and address the issues that contribute to the causes of systemic sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.
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Confronting the Liberal Arts Conundrum

  • How do we scale up with quality while balancing the need for broad education and specialized knowledge leading to employment? The answer is we must do both.
  • What's Wrong With the American University System

Cathy Sandeen, Huffingon Post

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10/16/2013 | The need for more Americans to gain a college degree in order to obtain better jobs has become an important national mantra. But I worry that ill-conceived responses to the problem may be leading us down a short-term path that weakens U.S. global competitiveness.

Since the beginning of this country, higher education was built on the foundation of liberal education -- a broad curriculum spanning art, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, sciences and social sciences, that is intended to prepare an individual to think for him or herself, engage in civic life, and continue to learn through a lifetime. But this vital liberal arts tradition is under attack, directly by elected officials and indirectly by a focus on creating hyper-vocational, reductionist educational programs that aim to prepare students for one particular career immediately post-graduation.

Cathy Sandeen is Vice president for education attainment and innovation, American Council on Education (ACE)

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What's Wrong With the American University System, Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, TheAtlantic.com

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6 ways neoliberal education reform is destroying our college system

  • Higher ed is on the verge of falling victim to the same dangerous ideologies as K-12
  • Henry A. Giroux | When Schools Become Dead Zones of the Imagination
  • The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff

Owen Davis, AlterNet

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Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013 | 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 as a plan “to shame universities into holding down prices.”

Obama’s remarks were overture to what will become a major campaign to transform higher education through three measures: instituting a ratings system and performance funding for federal student aid; encouraging technological innovation and competition; and mitigating student debt.

If the plan sounds familiar, it’s because they’ve played this tune before.

Owen Davis is a New York-based writer and current intern at the Nation magazine.

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Henry A. Giroux | When Schools Become Dead Zones of the Imagination, Henry A. Giroux, Truthout

  • Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak. --Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • A Critical Pedagogy Manifesto
  • The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff

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The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Don’t expect them to save us. They don’t know how. And when it all collapses, when our rotten financial system with its trillions in worthless assets implodes and our imperial wars end in humiliation and defeat, they will be exposed as being as helpless, and as stupid, as the rest of us.

 

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