The university must be a center for critical thought

Argentine political scientist Atilio Borón reflected on inclusive development and the innovative role of the university in Havana

Granma | 25 February, 2016 

Atilio Borón participated in the International Congress University 2016, in Havana. Photo: Jorge Luis González

When Albert Einstein elaborated his theory of relativity, he was not at a university. He was an official at the patent office in Geneva. What would have happened if the German scientific genius had had to contend with the conservative thinking of the academic institutions of the time?Read More »

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A Quiz to See if U.S. Schools Taught You State Propaganda

By David Swanson

davidswanson.org | 17 December, 2015

 

U.S. schools provide a great deal of useful information, but also leave out a great deal. Please see whether you can answer the following questions before scrolling down and clicking a link at the bottom for the answers. How many can your kids answer? Can your kids’ teachers answer them? Can your parents answer them? Can your uncle who tells you whom to vote for and what to think answer them?Read More »

In Universities, Money Talks

By Richard Hil

Countercurrents.org | 14 December, 2015

A few weeks ago I decided to avoid reading anything to do with higher education, at least for a while, including the weekly columns in Australia’s’ only daily broadsheet, The Australian. In truth, this self-imposed ban was more experiment than convalescence. I hoped to emerge from the void to find a new dawn: a blaze of enlightened commentary that would finally put paid to what felt like an unfolding dystopian nightmare. But nothing of the sort; it was Groundhog Day.

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Battle of Ideas: 2015 the Year of Political Education

by Luiz Felipe Albuquerque

MST web site

To train for struggle and for life. Besides engaging in struggle, the Landless Workers’ Movement (Portuguese: Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra, or MST) [in Brazil] believes that to build a more just society, the activists and the base must study. So 2015 will be the year of the political education of the Movement and the battle of ideas.

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THE DEBT DIVIDE: THE RACIAL AND CLASS BIAS BEHIND THE “NEW NORMAL” OF STUDENT BORROWING

May 19, 2015 Mark Huelsman

Courtesy: Demos || http://www.demos.org

Today, taking out loans is the primary way individuals pay for college—a major shift in how our nation provides access to higher education. While concerns about the growth in college costs and student debt are nearly universal, much of this concern focuses on how college debt is impacting the economic well-being of college graduates and our overall economy. What has been less understood, or examined, is how this shift to a debt-based system impacts our nation’s historical commitment to ensuring everyone—regardless of race or class—can afford to go to college. We need to understand whether or not the “new normal” of debt-financed college is having an impact on our ability to make good on that fundamental promise.Read More »