1 in 4 U.S. children live in poverty and other problems in the education system
Chicago Veterans for Peace launches billboard campaign to end the militarization of Chicago’s schools
“No Military in Chicago Public Schools. Education Not Militarization…” The billboards will be up from March through May 2016
O’Brien: less than 100 people have degrees in Middle Eastern studies. Further to that, less than 1 percent identify themselves as Arab linguists. So this whole prevalent, common notion that after 9/11 the national security community had a boots-on-the-ground about-face and was interested in human intelligence, in human collection of intelligence, as well as language and cultural studies, is absolutely false.
How has information been suppressed so that many Americans have failed to grasp their true history? We know that corporate owned mass media reflects the power structure of our times. But education is also an issue. By Don Irish WAMM Newsletter Fall I 2015 Published under the title, “Hypocrisy.” Mary Beaudoin and Tom Dooley […]
VIDEO. Henry A. Giroux | Youth in Authoritarian Times: Challenging Neoliberalism’s Politics of Disposability
Giroux: Far too many youth today live in an era of foreclosed hope, an era in which it is difficult either to imagine a life beyond the dictates of a market-driven society or to transcend the fear that any attempt to do so can only result in a more dreadful nightmare.
In 2014, Palestine Legal—a nonprofit legal and advocacy organization supporting Palestine activism—responded to 152 incidents of censorship, punishment, or other burdening of advocacy for Palestinian rights and received 68 additional requests for legal assistance in anticipation of such actions.
Giroux: Pedagogy is a moral and political practice because it offers particular versions and visions of civic life, community, the future, and how we might construct representations of ourselves, others, and our physical and social environment. But it does more; it also “represents a version of our own dreams for ourselves, our children, and our communities.
The Nobel Prize-winning author Ngugi wa Thiong’o has insisted rightfully that “Children are the future of any society,” adding, “If you want to maim the future of any society, you simply maim the children.” By Henry A. Giroux PhilosophersforChange.org August 8, 2015 The National Center on Family Homelessness reports that “One in 45 children experience […]
(Or What It Means When You Kill People On the Other Side of the Planet and No One Notices)
Eric Poulin: Henry A. Giroux | Liberalism’s Failures in a Time of Increasing Violence, Racism, Inequality and State Terrorism
Poulin: Giroux argues that the country is in the midst of a counter-revolution, one that cannot be understood simply by pointing to police brutality. He claims the left needs a larger theoretical and political framework to understand the uniqueness of the current historical moment, one that has forged a number of fundamentalisms, including educational fundamentalism, military fundamentalism, economic fundamentalism and religious fundamentalism, which together have given rise to a new form of financial and cultural totalitarianism or more broadly a pernicious and unique brand of authoritarianism.
Zirin: We know that the US Department of Defense doled out $5.4 million from 2011 to 2014 to fourteen NFL teams to stage these warm-hearted “Salute the Troops” events, as well as do product placement, advertising, and “casual” (otherwise known as “subliminal”) mentions.
Giroux: What has become clear is that the attack on the social state, workers and unions is now being matched by a full-fledged assault on higher education. Such attacks are not happening just in the United States but in many other parts of the globe where casino capitalism is waging a savage battle to eliminate all of those public spheres that might offer a glimmer of opposition to and protection from market-driven policies, institutions, ideology and values.
Giroux: The current historical moment calls for a politics that is transnational in its scope, global in its sense of responsibility and capable of creating new democratic public spheres in which it becomes possible to show private troubles can be connected to larger social issues, and public connections and modes of solidarity can be sustained beyond the private sphere. Only then will the promise and possibility of creating a radical global commons in the service of a radical democracy come into view.
Evergreene Digest: Hollywood Heroism in the Age of Empire: From “Citizenfour” and “Selma” to “American Sniper”
Moral and political courage is in short supply these days and rarely represented in any form in the Hollywood celluloid universe. Under a regime of neoliberalism, a persistent racism and politics of disposability are matched by a theater of cruelty in which more and more individuals and groups are considered throwaways. The Oscars: a decadent […]