Tag Archives: education

Daily Headline – 31/03/13

UK teachers threaten ‘civil disobedience’

nut_logoTeachers in the UK are becoming ever more angry at the education secretary’s (Michael Gove) reforms which has now led to a grassroot movement of teachers to call for civil disobedience.

From the Guardian:

Classroom teachers at the National Union of Teachers’ annual conference in Liverpool told the Observer their profession had reached a turning point in its relations with Michael Gove, and calls for radical action were widespread. Last week the Association of Teachers and Lecturers overwhelmingly carried a motion of no confidence in Gove, in the first motion of its kind against an education secretary in its history. NUT members will vote on a similar motion on Sunday. Teachers have described Gove as showing “abject failure to improve education or treat teachers, parents and pupils with respect”.

“We’ve just had enough,” said Alison Palmer, a primary school teacher from Camden, north London. “We are committed people who try to do the best we can for children and Gove just tells us we are rubbish. There has to be a limit to what teachers will put up with.”

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Chavez on privatisation

Here is a quote from the late Hugo Chavez that is well worth thinking about:

“Privatisation is a neo-liberal and imperialist plan. Health can’t be privatised because it is a fundamental human right, nor can education, water, electricity and other public services. They can’t be surrendered to private capital that denies the people from their rights”

US children tagged like criminals

By Leon J Williams

In the US state of Texas a school enforces a strict rule that its students must wear an electronic tag so that the school can know where their students are at all times on school property. This has been in force since the start of the 2012 academic year.

The school in question is a Northside Independent School District (NISD) in San Antonio which hopes to expand the program right across their 112 schools.

This operates in the same way as criminals on parole with the police tracking peoples every move.

One student (Andrea Hernandez) who refused to wear this device was kicked out of the school, she took the school to court and of course the US authorities told her to wear the device or find another school.

Looks like civil liberties in the US take another beating, eroding day by day.

For more on this click here.

British government denying the poor education

By Leon J Williams

The knock on effect of increased tuition fees (up to £9,000/€11,000) by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition is (as expected) a fall in applications from UK candidates.

The price hike has meant that the poorest members of society have been priced out of education which has been reflected in the 6.3% fall in applications up to 17th December compared to the same period last year.
Earlier figures from November 2011-November 2012 were down a whopping 8.4%, all signs that the government (predominantly white, male millionaires) are deliberately and consciously targeting the poor, they want the poor to get poorer and the rich to get richer.

For more on this click here.