- I've been cancelled for standing up to racial identity politics (September 22, 2023)
An education conference has disinvited me because my presence would make speakers feel 'unsafe'.
- 'Empty shelves with absolutely no books': Students, parents question school board's library weeding process (September 13, 2023)
In a mindless outbreak of wokeness, a major school board removes books from library shelves en masse -- not to replace them with new books, but to replace them with -- nothing.
- The Pseudoscience of Critical Race Theory (July 9, 2023)
Critical Race Theory is not a hard science. It's not even a soft science.
- Mughals, RSS, evolution: Outrage as India edits school textbooks (April 14, 2023)
India's right-wing government removes significant historical and scientific facts from textbooks as it pursues a Hindu supremacist agenda.
- ChatGPT is the best thing to happen to teaching since the Socratic method (February 3, 2023)
Can there be another way to teach and learn? ChatGPT is a reminder that the oral tradition is still fitfully around.
- Children can't be experts on themselves (2023)
Character is created over a lifetime, not discovered whole.
- Most of All, I am Offended as a Muslim (December 29, 2022)
Barring a professor of art history from showing a painting, lest it harm observant Muslims in class, is just as absurd as asking a biology professor not to teach evolution because it may offend evangelical Protestants in the course.
- Critical Thinking, Reverential Thinking, and Lashing Out (December 25, 2022)
Before we challenge conventions, we must understand and master them.
- The cry gevalt syndrome (November 6, 2022)
University campuses are places where contending views meet and clash. Pro-Israel organizations would seem to want the opposite.
- History boxes bring national museum to life for rural N.B. students (June 24, 2022)
University students and Grade 1 class explore 'sacred stuff' together with help of Canadian Museum of History. As the school year wraps up, university and elementary students in the small town of Sackville, N.B., are reflecting on some important discoveries they have made with the help of one another, and a big black box filled with 25 Canadian artifacts.
- Open Letter to the Council of the Canadian Historical Association and the Canadian public (August 12, 2021)
Historians express grave disappointment with the Canadian Historical Association's2021 Canada Day Statement.
- Mighty Moe book review (April 12, 2021)
Mighty Moe tells the story of Maureen Wilton, a youthful long-distance runner from Toronto who set a womens world record in the marathon in 1967, when she was 13.
- Online classes, offline class divisions (December 24, 2020)
Students living in the Ambujwadi slum in north Mumbai are struggling with online classes for months, while also working to support their families after their parents' income was hit by the lockdown and its aftermath
- The Free University: A people's history (October 26, 2020)
A history of a Free University in Australia.
- Alternative Schools in Toronto in the 1960s & early 1970s (2020)
In the 1960s, there was increasing criticism of the education system in Ontario, as in many other parts of the world, and a corresponding search for changes or alternatives.
- M is for Miriam (2020)
An illustrated children's book about the Canadian physician and activist Miriam Garfinkle. Each page is devoted to some page of her life: C is for Community, D is for Doctor, G is for Garden, L is for Laughter, N is for Nature, P is for Piano, Q is for Questions, S is for Solidarity, W is for Waffles....
Identifiers: Canadiana 20190236663 - ISBN: 9781927470077
Subjects: LCSH: English language - Alphabet - Juvenile literature - LCSH Alphabet books. - LCSH: Garfinkle, Miriam, 1954-2018.
Classification: LCC PE1155.D54 2020 - DDC j421--dc23
- 'How Dare You!' The Climate Crisis And The Public Demand For Real Action (September 30, 2019)
Reality clashed with the BBC version of false consensus in a remarkable edition of HardTalk last month. Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, was starkly honest about humanitys extreme predicament in the face of climate breakdown and refused to buckle under host Stephen Sackurs incredulous questioning.
- Florida grandmother outraged after 6-year-old arrested for "tantrum" (September 21, 2019)
A Florida grandmother was shocked to find out her 6-year-old granddaughter had been arrested Thursday for throwing a tantrum.
- Education in the Service of Assimilation: The Founding Vision of Residential Schools in Canada (June 4, 2019)
A look at some scholarly histories of residiential schools that put paid to Canada's kinder, gentler reputation.
- From Pre-K On, US Schools Privilege the Already Privileged (April 4, 2019)
The college bribery admissions scandal is only the extreme end of the inequality in the education system. Public policies, such as school funding based on property values, disadvantage children in low-income communities starting as early as pre-K.
- Larger high school class sizes will make Ontario students more resilient, education minister says (March 20, 2019)
Ontario Education Minister Lisa Thompson claims that larger class sizes are good for students based on consultations with employers and post-secondary teachers.
- Chicago Charter Teachers Strike, Win (March 1, 2019)
Reporting on the unprecedented and successful strike of charter school teachers in Chicago.
- The UTLA Victory in Context (March 1, 2019)
A look at the bigger picture surrounding the LA teacher's strike as part of the national upsurge that began with the 2012 strike of the Chicago Teachers Union.
- What Los Angeles Teachers Won (March 1, 2019)
A Los Angeles teacher's take on the successful strike.
- The Marxist and the Gamers: Reading, Fortnite, and My Students' Identities (July 26, 2018)
A school teacher reflects on the differences he sees in his students from past generations, notably the many young people who are avid online gamers.
- Why Everyone Is Wrong about the Censorship Fight at Universities (May 11, 2018)
The silencing of part-time instructors is the real free speech crisis
- Destroying Detroit Schools (May 1, 2018)
The Detroit Public School system (DPS) has been under state control for 15 years, the last decade under the direction of a series of Emergency Managers.
- An Urban Teacher Union Epic (May 1, 2018)
Swerdlow reviews A Fight for the Soul of Public Education: The Story of the Chicago Teachers Strike. She suggests that the 2012 Chicago teachers strike can be used as a model to persuade the public that public employees and their labour organizations benefit society and lead to effetive change.
- School Shootings: Who to Listen to Instead of Mainstream Shrinks (March 16, 2018)
Clinical psychologist Bruce Levine discusses the prevailing cynicism and hopelessnes among young people in the United States -- about their country and their future. In particular the article focuses on troubled young people who have lost any connection with adults and view the world as an uncaring place, and are commonly prescribed medication such as anti-depressants.
- Say No to 'Hardening' the Schools with Zero Tolerance Policies and Gun-Toting Cops (March 13, 2018)
The last thing the school system needs is harsher penalties and armed guards which turn students into 'inmates'. Schools in the Unites States are already heavily policed, with School Resource Officers (SRO) funded by the Deptartment of Justice, and harsh penalties for kids as young as 4-5 years old.
- Science's pirate queen (February 8, 2018)
A profile of open access academic publishing activist Alexandra Elbakayan and the ongoing conflict between academics and for-profit academic publishing houses.
- Rebel Without a Clue: Autonomy and Authority in the American Public School (February 5, 2018)
The high school dropout is a revolutionary without having recovered the sense of dignity of failure, in a system of authoritarian control. Blaming the dropout is to blame the victim of institutional abuse of power exercised within youth indoctrination centers carrying the misnomer, school. Is it possible that the problem is mainly systemic and not due to the personal faults of the dropout? Is it possible that the education system itself contributes to young people dropping out of high school? Is it possible that capitalism is the root cause?
- Outspoken professor stokes free-speech debate at East Coast university (January 15, 2018)
An associate professor at Acadia University is facing a growing backlash over incendiary social media comments, stoking a national debate about free speech on campus amid calls for his ouster from the Wolfville, N.S., school.
- Province ignored whistleblowers who warned about child abuse at its training schools (December 8, 2017)
An investigation of alleged physical, sexual and emotional abuse at Ontario training schools between the 1960s and the 1980s found that two officials warned the province of brutal and sadistic treatment at the hands of staff -- warnings the province appears to have ignored.
- Toronto music teacher sues after principal, VP call folk song racist (December 7, 2017)
A Toronto music teacher is suing her principal, vice-principal and the public school board for defamation after the administrators sent an email to the school community apologizing that a well-known folk song - "Land of the Silver Birch" - was performed at a school concert, calling it "inappropriate" and "racist."
- Excerpts from secretly recorded meeting between Wilfrid Laurier University grad student and faculty (November 17, 2017)
Lindsay Shepherd, a Wilfrid Laurier University graduate student and teaching assistant, landed in hot water with the university over a video clip, featuring controversial University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson, she used in a critical thinking course. After receiving complaints, the university claimed she created a toxic environment. Shepherd had a meeting with faculty and administration, here are excerpts from the secretly recorded conversation.
- Suppressing TVO video, stifling free speech, is making Wilfrid Laurier unsafe (November 17, 2017)
The university is wrong to castigate a grad student and teaching assistant for showing to her students a debate on TVOs The Agenda that featured controversial professor Jordan Peterson.
- Undocumented special-needs girl in federal custody after emergency surgery (October 28, 2017)
An undocumented 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy was taken into US Customs and Border Protection custody shortly after emergency gallbladder surgery in Texas in a case that advocates say shows the harmful extent of the President's hard line on immigration policies.
- Academic mobbing, or how to become campus tormentors (September 19, 2017)
If youre a university professor, chances are fairly good that you have initiated or participated in mobbing. Why? First, because mobbers are not sadists or sociopaths, but ordinary people; second, because universities are a type of organization that encourages mobbing; and third, as a result, mobbing is endemic at universities. Unlike bullying, an individual form of harassment in which a typical scenario consists of a boss victimizing an assistant, mobbing is a serious organizational deficiency.
- Sources News Releases (September 11, 2017)
News releases from organizations and companies on a wide range of topics. Includes an extensive topic index, an archive of releases going back to the 1970s, and links to experts and organizations knowledgeable about the issues covered in the releases. Available via RSS feed as well as on the Sources.com website.
- Annie Kidder and People for Education have made a mark on Ontario schools, but have they become part of the system? (September 2, 2017)
A look at the work of Annie Kidder, a public education advocate, who has spearheaded a grassroots movement that has given Ontario parents more of a voice in what goes on inside their children's classrooms.
- The Coddling of the American Mind (September 1, 2017)
For their own emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection in the classroom from words and ideas they don't like. It is a movement that is problematic for academic institutions, and likely damaging to student development and mental health.
- Predatory Journals: Write, Submit, and Publish the Next Day (September 1, 2017)
Predatory journals can be defined as "publications [that take] large fees without providing robust editorial or publishing services." They usually "recruit articles through aggressive marketing and spam emails, promising quick review and open access publication for a price. There is little if any quality control and virtually no transparency about processes and fees. Their motive is financial gain, and they are corrupting the communication of science. Their main victims are institutions and researchers in low and middle income countries..."
- Teachers as Change Agents (July 1, 2017)
Book review of Howard Ryan's Educational Justice: Teaching and Organizing against the Corporate Juggernaut.
- Academic Bullying the Vacuum of Moral Leadership in the Academy (May 2, 2017)
Workplace bullying is an increasing problem. Books are being written about it, and there is even a Workplace Bullying Institute. The problem isn't restricted to the business world. Books such as Faculty Incivility: The Rise of the Academic Bully Culture and What to Do About It, Bully in the Ivory Tower: How Aggression and Incivility Erode American Higher Education, and Workplace Bullying in Higher Education suggest that bullying is a particular problem among academics.
- You Are Not An Experience (April 30, 2017)
A growing number of intellectuals are arguing that free speech needs to be subordinated to the goal of protecting the feelings of people who don't want to hear views that they find threatening. They are wrong.
- Free Speech, but Not for All? (April 27, 2017)
Just over a century ago, the president of a distinguished college barred the suffragette and human-rights activist Jane Addams from speaking on campus, and suspended a student named Inez Milholland for organizing others in support of women's rights. Milholland would go on to become influential in the womens movement, and the college president, James Monroe Taylor, would become yet another example of an overly protective and historically myopic educator. He believed that women should be "not leaders, but good wives and mothers" -- the prevailing view of the day.
- Major Challenges of New Orleans Charter Schools Exposed at NAACP Hearing (April 25, 2017)
New Orleans is the nation's largest and most complete experiment in charter schools. After Hurricane Katrina, the State of Louisiana took control of public schools in New Orleans and launched a nearly complete transformation of a public school system into a system of charter schools.
- Just Wait Until I Get Tenure (April 4, 2017)
A Facebook friend, Steven Salaita, recently wrote a post about academe arguing that tenure-track professors are kidding themselves if they say they will become more radical once they get tenure. I agreed with his post, and I made a long reply. Here, I incorporate what I said into a more coherent commentary.
- Why Banning Laura Kipnis Would Betray Wellesley's Academic Mission (March 23, 2017)
Six professors at an elite American college insist that students will suffer "damage" or "injury" if speakers they may disagree with are allowed to speak on campus.
- It's Not All Relative (March 5, 2017)
Can a devotion to cultural tolerance lead to the triumph of alternative facts?
- Manifesto for the Green Mind (March 3, 2017)
Jules Pretty sets out a plan to engage people with Nature and create more sustainable and enjoyable living for everyone. The first call to action is: "Every child outdoors every day".
- Class Dismissed (2017)
A look at education in the state of Arizona where Empowerment Education Accounts (ESA's), money otherwise used to fund public education, are upheld by conservatives as a successful means of advancing private alternatives to traditional schooling.
- MA Stops Charter School Expansion (January 1, 2017)
Despite their $24 million, the charter forces - which in March had more than a 20-point lead in the polls - lost by an amazing 24 points, 62% to 38%.
- The Coding Of 'White Trash' In Academia (November 27, 2016)
As an academic from the U.S. Deep South, Holly Genovese has found herself between two worlds, not accepted in academia because of her background, and yet unable to 'go home again.'
- Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - September 10, 2016 (September 10, 2016)
Education - about the world, and about social change in particular - is a key element in the work that Connexions does. In this issue of Other Voices, we explore a few aspects of the ways in which education and educational institutions are changing. We also look at ways in which education is used to bring about change.
- Charter Schools Increase Fraud, Corruption, Chaos, and Anarchy (August 22, 2016)
Charter schools, which barely make up seven percent of U.S. schools, are often accused of taking all the antisocial, antipublic, and antipeople practices of medieval autocrats and opportunuties to new extremes. Shawgi Tell looks into the issue of privatization of education that will intensify in the months ahead.
- More Than a Few Rogue Cops: the Disturbing History of Police in Schools (April 26, 2016)
Another week, another video of police abuse surfaces. This time the video shows San Antonio school resource officer Joshua Kehm body-slamming 12-year-old Rhodes Middle School student Janissa Valdez. Valdez was talking with another student, trying to resolve a verbal conflict between the two, when Kehm entered and attacked her. "Janissa! Janissa, you okay?" a student asked before exclaiming, "She landed on her face!" In a statement on the incident, co-director of the Advancement Project Judith Browne Davis wrote, "Once again, a video captured by a student offers a sobering reminder that we cannot entrust school police officers to intervene in school disciplinary matters that are best suited for trained educators and counselors."
- Academics can change the world -- if they stop talking only to their peers (March 8, 2016)
Heleta discusses the limited audience that academics publish for and the lack of real-world impact their ideas have as a result.
- No Grades in Higher Education Now! (October 12, 2015)
Author and social scientist Stuart Tannock has recently published a historical and critical overview of the practice of grading in education.
- Protect Students from Corporate Data-Mining in the Classroom (June 30, 2015)
Across the political spectrum there is debate as to whether data should be collected about students.
- Abolish High School (April 1, 2015)
Solnit says that we need to recognize that high school doesn't work for most young people, and suggests abolishing it.
- Zeroing out Zero Tolerance (March 17, 2015)
Urban districts are increasingly doing away with harsh, no-excuses discipline -- a tactic that was once seen as the only way to address misconduct at big, high-poverty schools.
- John Holt: Homeschooling Pioneer and Visionary Progressive (October 4, 2014)
The stereotype of homeschooling as the haven for conservative, religious ideologues overshadows the movement's radically progressive roots. One of the movement's foremost pioneers, John Holt, was an egalitarian atheist who explicitly opposed patriarchy, corresponded with progressive thinkers including Paul Goodman and Noam Chomsky, and helped initiate the still emerging childrens rights movement.
- Why I'm on the Picket Line (June 6, 2014)
Teacher Tara Ehrcke talks about why she voted to strike in Greater Victoria, British Columbia: The "public" in public school shouldn't mean just providing a building, with some tired teachers to deliver a curriculum, the success of which is measured by standardized tests. A good public school system should provide high quality opportunities to every single child. While our public schools have many wonderful programs and many dedicated teachers, the sad truth is that there are also overcrowded classrooms, children falling behind, and a workforce exhausted from trying to fill in the gaps.
- Confronting the Cult of Objectivity (May 22, 2014)
As the end of the semester draws near on campuses across the country, I thought Id reflect on one of the largest threats to academic freedom in this country. Ive long labeled this threat the cult of objectivity, represented in a variety of different pathologies that afflict students, faculty, and administrators.
- Bill Gates and the Push to Privatize Public Education (May 14, 2014)
- On the Cowardice & Irrelevance of Social Science Scholars (March 21, 2014)
The stakes are too high for scholars to continue down this path of irrelevance.
- Universities Being Used as Proxy Border Police, Say Academics (March 2, 2014)
More than 160 academics have written to the Guardian to protest at being used as an extension of the UK border police, after universities have come under more pressure to check the immigration details of students.
- On Academic Labor (February 28, 2014)
An edited transcript of remarks given by Noam Chomsky on 4 February 2014 to a gathering of members and allies of the Adjunct Faculty Association of the United Steelworkers in Pittsburgh, PA.
- Austerity U (January 29, 2014)
Policy-makers are introducing big changes to university systems under the banner of an austerity agenda. Globally common themes in this agenda include rapid increases in tuition fees, new models of university governance, new ways of teaching, a significant shift in subject matter, an attempt to depoliticize campuses, and major alterations in employment relations.
- The Other Public Humanities (January 13, 2014)
Among the conclusions frequently drawn about the heavily reported "crisis in the humanities" is that humanities departments are woefully out of touch with today's students, with the new economy, with the public at large.
- Activist archiving in Toronto (November 28, 2013)
People gather in Toronto to discuss what many hope will grow into a movement for archiving grassroots histories.
- The problem with education? Children aren't feral enough (October 7, 2013)
The 10-year-old Londoners I took to Wales were proof that a week in the countryside is worth three months in a classroom.
- The Predatory Pedagogy of On-Line Education (June 3, 2013)
Distance learning amounts to the erosion of the traditional face-to-face classroom.
- Why parents should leave their kids alone (May 4, 2013)
What if the best thing we could do for our children is to set them free? Jay Griffiths explains why moden parenting often makes children miserable.
- The Case for Grassroots Archives (May 2, 2013)
Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden histories, and alternative visions.
- The Lockdown Society Goes Primetime (April 24, 2013)
Michael Schwalbe ponders the influence on society of incorporating authoritarian jargon into everyday use, with specific reference to the use of 'Lock down' normalizing the concept of restrictions on movement in non-prison situations.
- Connexions: Perserving and Sharing People's History (February 28, 2013)
A short overview of the Connexions project, including a statement of The Case for Grassroots Archives and the Connexions statement of values.
- Grassroots archive information sheet (November 24, 2012)
Connexions is working on a project to help network grassroots archives and collections of materials about activist and radical history. If you have a collection of social justice materials in your basement/locker, etc., and would like to participate in an exploration of co-operative archiving and/or searching for shared space, please fill out this form and email it to Connexions.
- Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory (November 2, 2012)
CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27).
- Chicago Teachers Strike Back (November 1, 2012)
Chicago Teachers Union stage a walkout that leads to an improved contract.
- Once Again on Education: Beyond Ordinary Leftism (October 15, 2012)
An article exploring elements of education in the USA.
- Preliminary Observations on the Chicago Teachers' Strike (October 15, 2012)
An insight into the Chicago's teacher strike and its victories.
- Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory (October 14, 2012)
CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27). Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called the battle of memory. Mainstream media and institutions of power consign inconvenient histories, struggles, and alternative visions to what George Orwell called the memory hole. Peoples history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden histories, and alternative visions. Their role is particularly important as official archives are forced to restrict acquisitions, limit access and discard materials as funding is slashed.
- Grassroots Archives: Preservation as subversion? (October 8, 2012)
Ulli Diemer of Connexions, a social justice library and archive - www.connexions.org - discusses problems facing grassroots archives at a talk sponsored by the Humanist Association of Toronto (HAT).
- Criminalizing Truancy (September 11, 2012)
American jurisdictions are increasingly turning to the criminal justice system to deal with truancy. Students and parents are being fined, and in some cases jailed, for missing school.
- Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding? (August 31, 2012)
Are you an 'accidental archivist'? Have you been saving the publications and documents produced by the social justice projects you've been involved in? Then Connexions would like to hear from you.
- Trying to change the world? (July 23, 2012)
Getting your story across is an uphill battle when youre challenging the status quo.
SOURCES can help you get your message out.
- The Gates Foundation's Leveraged Philanthropy (July 4, 2012)
Gates' leveraged philanthropy model is a public-private partnership to improve the world, partly through targeted research support but principally through public advocacy and tax-free lobbying to influence government policy. The goal of these policies is often to explicitly support profitability for corporate investors, whose enterprises are seen by the Gates Foundation as advancing human good. However, maximum corporate profit and public good often clash when its projects are implemented.
- Preventing Kids From Becoming Cons (March 19, 2012)
Faced with increasing public anxiety about youth crime, two of North America's leading crime prevention champions have partnered to produce a groundbreaking conference where world renowned experts will discuss how we can prevent today's high risk
- Children's art from Gaza opens Mar. 9 in Vancouver with speakers on children's rights, post-traumatic stress (March 2, 2012)
The Mar. 9 Vancouver opening of art exhibit created by children in Gaza features Barbara Lubin of Middle East Children's Alliance on children's rights and a video interview with Dr. Eyad el-Sarraj of Gaza Community Health Program with current news.
- Chile: Return of the Penguins! (March 1, 2012)
The struggle to democratize Chiles educational system has, for the first time since the countrys return to bourgeois democracy in 1990, challenged the very foundations of its neoliberal model.
- Shit Students CAN'T Say (About Israel) (January 21, 2012)
Inspired by the viral hit Shit Homophobic People Say -- that proved no spoofing is necessary -- Shit Students CAN'T Say is real video clips showing that criticism of Israel is being banned and repressed on campuses around the world.
- Neo-Racism in the Southwest (January 18, 2012)
What is taking place in southern Arizona deserves our attention as the most fanatical episode in the war against public education.
- Reflections on the New School Occupation (January 14, 2012)
On November 17th, 2011, the Study Center at 90 Fifth Avenue, an office building leased by the New School University, was occupied by participants in the all-city student assembly in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.
- A Nation of Little Lebowski Urban Achievers (2012)
The religion of self-improvement is a way of redirecting criticisms or outrage from socio-economic structures back to the individual, imprisoning any reformist or revolutionary impulse within our own feelings of inadequacy which is why the process of improving our nations schools has taken on the tone of a spiritual cleansing rather than a political reckoning. Now, instead of saying our socioeconomic system is failing us, an entire generation of children will learn to say, I have failed myself.
- Teach for America: The Hidden Curriculum of Liberal Do-Gooders (2012)
Teach for America, suitably representative of the liberal education reform more generally, underwrites, intentionally or not, the conservative assumptions of the education reform movement: that teachers unions serve as barriers to quality education; that testing is the best way to assess quality education; that educating poor children is best done by institutionalizing them; that meritocracy is an end-in-itself; that social class is an unimportant variable in education reform; that education policy is best made by evading politics proper; and that faith in public school teachers is misplaced.
- Violence Goes to College (November 22, 2011)
The priorities of the campus are clear. An Assistant Professor earns an annual salary in the low $60,000 range; a Lieutenant in the campus safety department (the man who fired the pepper gas, for instance) brings home $110,000.
- Youth Subdued (July 28, 2011)
Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. But now young Americanseven more so than older Americansappear to have acquiesced to the idea that the corporatocracy can completely screw them and that they are helpless to do anything about it.
- War Colleges (June 29, 2011)
One consequence of the increasing militarization of American society can be seen in changes that have taken place in public and higher education. Schools have become the testing grounds for new modes of security and military-style authority.
- Rethinking Educational Failure and Reimagining an Educational Future (March 19, 2011)
If we start not from the goal of acculturating most children to the demands of an economy which promises only to make things worse, but from the goal of preparing all children to live in a world worthy of human beings, we will find a very different kind of education reform to advocate for. It will have some things in common with some parts of current reform efforts
but it will go beyond and transform them.
- New Student Journalism Award for Excellence in Lung Cancer Reporting (December 6, 2010)
The Canadian Lung Association and Lung Cancer Canada, in partnership with the Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC), are launching the first Canadian Lung Cancer Student Journalism Award to recognize excellence in student reporting on lung cancer.
- Universal Cure (May 24, 2010)
Here's a simple means of transforming the UK's universities, schools and society.
- Met police face legal action for 'kettling' of protest teenagers (March 31, 2010)
Police in the UK are being sued for using violence against students during a tuition fees protest by three minors who suffered injuries. They claim they were falsely detained and denied medical assistance. Their lawyers believe the police violated the European convention on human rights.
- Join the SOURCES Affiliate Program (March 28, 2010)
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- Connexions Archive seeks a new home (November 18, 2009)
The Connexions Archive, a Toronto-based library dedicated to preserving the history of grassroots movements for social change, needs a new home.
- What is Distinctive about the Library of Congress In Both its Collections and its Means of Access to Them (November 6, 2009)
The Library cannot solve its space problems by adoption of a "digital strategy"
without seriously damaging our larger mission to promote scholarship of unusual scope and
depth. If the Librarys own access to its own general book collection were to be dumbed
down to only the levels of subject access provided by Google, Amazon, or Internet search
mechanisms, we would effectively be endorsing, and institutionalizing, the level of
ignorance exemplified by the Six Blind Men of India.
- Sources Calendar (October 29, 2009)
Listings of events of interest to journalists, editors, researchers, publishers and others working in the media and in publishing, covering Canadian and international events, press conferences, meetings, festivals and holidays, as well as award deadlines.
- If you're a new Canadian, 'you go to university' (October 13, 2009)
An investigation into the factors that contribute to the very high university attendance rate for second generation immigrants and first generation immigrants who came to Canada as children as reported by Statistics Canada. The reporter found that strong family bonds and parental expectations are important factors.
- State steals authority from adults (October 2, 2009)
Adults no longer have the authority to reprimand or comment on the behaviour of children whom they are not the guardians of. Adults who directly speak to children about inappropriate behavious even if such behaviour is directed toward their own children, are increasingly facing legal consequences.
- Mobile Schools Help Nomadic Somalis Fight Drought (September 17, 2009)
Mobile schools - secular pre-schools which follow these groups as they move to find pasture and water for livestock - are an attempt to help nomadic communities develop more options as the climate becomes increasingly hostile.
- The Corporate Stranglehold on Education (September 8, 2009)
Rather than challenge the economic irresponsibility, ecological damage, and human suffering, and culture of cruelty unleashed by free market fundamentalism, higher education appears to be one of its staunchest defenders, uncritically embracing a view of itself based on a market model of the academy.
- Brazil: Changing Lives Through the Power of Dance (September 7, 2009)
Founded in 1991 and directed by Dora Andrade, EDISCA is a non-governmental organisation that caters exclusively to children and adolescents from poor neighbourhoods.
- Volunteer Translators Wanted - English to Arabic (September 4, 2009)
Connexions, an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse based in Toronto, Canada, seeks volunteer translators to translate articles, and terms in our subject index, from English to Arabic.
- Volunteer Translators Wanted - English to Chinese (September 4, 2009)
Connexions, an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse based in Toronto, Canada, seeks volunteer translators to translate articles, and terms in our subject index, from English to Chinese, and from English to other languages.
- Volunteer Translators Wanted - English to Danish (September 4, 2009)
Connexions, an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse based in Toronto, Canada, seeks volunteer translators to translate articles, and terms in our subject index, from English to Danish, and from English to other languages.
- Volunteer Translators Wanted - English to Dutch (September 4, 2009)
Connexions, an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse based in Toronto, Canada, seeks volunteer translators to translate articles, and terms in our subject index, from English to Dutch, and from English to other languages.
- Volunteer Translators Wanted - English to Farsi (September 4, 2009)
Connexions, an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse based in Toronto, Canada, seeks volunteer translators to translate articles, and terms in our subject index, from English to Farsi, and from English to other languages.
- Volunteer Translators Wanted - English to Finnish (September 4, 2009)
Connexions, an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse based in Toronto, Canada, seeks volunteer translators to translate articles, and terms in our subject index, from English to Finnish, and from English to other languages.
- Volunteer Translators Wanted - English to French (September 4, 2009)
Connexions, an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse based in Toronto, Canada, seeks volunteer translators to translate articles, and terms in our subject index, from English to French, and from English to other languages
- Volunteer Translators Wanted - English to German (September 4, 2009)
Connexions, an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse based in Toronto, Canada, seeks volunteer translators to translate articles, and terms in our subject index, from English to German, and from English to other languages.
- Volunteer Translators Wanted - English to Italian (September 4, 2009)
Connexions, an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse based in Toronto, Canada, seeks volunteer translators to translate articles, and terms in our subject index, from English to Italian, and from English to other languages.
- Volunteer Translators Wanted - English to Japanese (September 4, 2009)
Connexions, an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse based in Toronto, Canada, seeks volunteer translators to translate articles, and terms in our subject index, from English to Japanese, and from English to other languages.
- Volunteer Translators Wanted - English to Korean (September 4, 2009)
Connexions, an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse based in Toronto, Canada, seeks volunteer translators to translate articles, and terms in our subject index, from English to Korean, and from English to other languages.
- Volunteer Translators Wanted - English to Norwegian (September 4, 2009)
Connexions, an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse based in Toronto, Canada, seeks volunteer translators to translate articles, and terms in our subject index, from English to Norwegian, and from English to other languages.
- Volunteer Translators Wanted - English to Polish (September 4, 2009)
Connexions, an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse based in Toronto, Canada, seeks volunteer translators to translate articles, and terms in our subject index, from English to Polish, and from English to other languages.
- Volunteer Translators Wanted - English to Portuguese (September 4, 2009)
Connexions, an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse based in Toronto, Canada, seeks volunteer translators to translate articles, and terms in our subject index, from English to Portuguese, and from English to other languages.
- Volunteer Translators Wanted English to Spanish (September 4, 2009)
Connexions, an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse based in Toronto, Canada, seeks volunteer translators to translate articles, and terms in our subject index, from English to Spanish, and from English to other languages.
- Volunteer Translators Wanted - English to Swedish (September 4, 2009)
Connexions, an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse based in Toronto, Canada, seeks volunteer translators to translate articles, and terms in our subject index, from English to Swedish, and from English to other languages.
- Education gap divides Jerusalem (September 3, 2009)
A recent report by an Israeli non-governmental organisation says 5,000 Palestinian children in East Jerusalem will not be able to attend classes this year because there are not enough classrooms.
- Turning Children Into Consumers (June 29, 2009)
Children are naïve about advertising and can easily be manipulated and exploited by marketers to want and demand their products. Corporate marketers believe that over time they can be shaped into lifelong consumers with brand loyalties and that can be profitable for decades to come.
- Sources Select Resources (June 15, 2009)
Reviews and information about print and online resources for journalists and researchers.
- Keeping Books Safe (April 2, 2009)
Imagine a dystopian horror tale in which virtually all books from the past were destroyed...Books that did not meet the ideologies of the publishers, the demands of the mass market, the trends of the day would be destroyed...That incredible scenario is actually playing out in terms of children's books under a law meant to protect toddlers from lead contaminant in toys. Called the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), the law was passed in August 2008 -- quickly, without scrutiny and nearly unanimously.
- The Israel Advocacy Push to 'Reclaim' York University (March 3, 2009)
York is a longstanding hub for "Israel advocacy" organizations (as they designate themselves). This reality expresses itself in various ways. At the grassroots level, far-right Zionist organizing has been common at York since at least the early 1980s, and seems to have even included direct recruitment for armed settler movements in the West Bank (and more commonly for the Israeli military itself). At the level of university fundraising, York has thoroughly integrated some of Canada's leading Israel advocacy figures into its main administrative bodies. And at the level of university governance, York has earned a reputation for deep association with the Israeli state and for heavy-handed regulation of campus politics in favor of Israel advocates.
- Academic Freedom Threatened in Ontario Universities (February 18, 2009)
While most academics would agree that a university should be a place where critical debate is fostered, what is academic freedom when the freedom to attend classes without being bombed isn't even assured? Academic freedom falters it seems when it comes to Palestine, whether in the Middle East or in North America. Not only is there no realizable academic freedom for Palestinians, but also, even in North America, students and faculty raising critical viewpoints about Israel find themselves muffled, accused of anti-Semitism, threatened with disciplinary action, or, in the case of former Depaul University professor, Norman Finkelstein, out of a job entirely.
- The Case for Academic Boycott (January 31, 2009)
Academic boycott targets Israel's intellectual leadership, the educated elite whose record consists largely of misinforming Israelis about their history, distorting their understanding of current conflicts, normalizing the racism of their society, and providing to the Israeli military and government the legal, technological, and political tools it needs to facilitate the continued theft of Palestinian land and the containment of its restive population.
- Achieving Success as a professional speaker (2009)
Attaining success as a professional speaker is no easy matter! Talent and hard work are absolute musts. And, another absolute is EXPOSURE # success as a professional speaker depends on promoting yourself and becoming known to the people who are the gatekeepers to your audience.
- Internships and Volunteer Opportunities with Connexions (2009)
Connexions Information Sharing Services is an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse (founded 1975) which produces electronic and print resources supporting social, economic and environmental alternatives, human rights, civil liberties, and grassroots activism. We are a volunteer-based organization. We have opportunities for writers, reviewers, editors, translators, photographers, people to help maintain the Connexions directory of associations, people to help develop our online archive of social change materials, and people with marketing skills.
- Sources media training (2009)
Media training to ensure that you are ready to handle media interviews. Topics include Message making, Staying newsworthy, Safe spokesperson techniques, Preparation and relaxation techniques, Media ethics and expectations. Simulations of all media venues including talk shows, double enders, stand-up interviews and scrums, print columnists, videographers, and editorial boards.
- Sources News Release Archive 2009 (2009)
News releases from 2009.
- Sources Select Authors (2009)
Authors available to take media calls about their area of expertise.
- Sources Select Speakers (2009)
Speakers available to take media calls about their area of expertise, and available for speaking engagements.
- Sources Select Universities, Colleges, and Institutes (2009)
Academic experts available to take media calls about their area of expertise.
- Wikipedia's article about Sources (2009)
- Sources Archived News Releases 1977 - 2008 (December 31, 2008)
News releases from 2008 and before.
- The Survival of Education (May 1, 2008)
I remember reading Jonathan Kozols Savage Inequalities as a student activist, when becoming a teacher was an abstract and somewhat romanticized idea floating around my head. I was moved by the politically sharp but also deeply humanizing way in which Kozol documented how institutional racism and class inequality shape the experiences of students in American schools, a reality that all of us who have been educated in this country have experienced first-hand in one way or another.
- Free Speech and Acceptable Truths (April 1, 2008)
While we support freedom of speech and academic freedom, we believe that university administrations have a duty to provide a safe learning environment in which students and faculty are protected by incorrect or harmful ideas. To achieve this safe learning environment, it will be necessary for the university authorities to cleanse the university's libraries of harmful books, to block inappropriate Internet sites, to ban guest lectures who hold improper views, and to identify and prosecute students and faculty who are guilty of thought crimes.
- Sources News Release Archive 2008 (2008)
News releases from 2008.
- Sources News Release Archive early 2008 (2008)
- Sources (portal for journalists and writers) - Wikipedia article (2008)
An information portal for journalists, freelance writers, editors, authors, and researchers, focusing especially on human sources: experts and spokespersons who are prepared to answer reporters' questions or make themselves available for on-air interviews.
- Sources Archived News Releases 2007 (December 31, 2007)
- School of Music announces new award in honour of late Corner Brook businessman Karl Diemer (May 1, 2007)
Memorial Universitys School of Music is proud to announce a new student award the Karl Diemer Memorial Bursary.
- Health care and children in crisis in Gaza (March 26, 2007)
These days one hears a lot about Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, adults who have been specifically trained for warfare, who are nevertheless traumatized by the experience of seeing comrades injured or killed, or suffering injuries or danger themselves. The trauma goes on, long after the experience has ended and they are back in a place of safety. How much worse then for children in Gaza who witness and experience these events day after day, week after week with no end and with no place of safety.
- Strip-Searching Children (March 15, 2007)
Israeli officials have been regularly strip-searching children for decades.
- Sources Archived News Releases 2006 (December 31, 2006)
- My Father Was an Anonymous Sperm Donor (December 17, 2006)
Those of us in the first documented generation of donor babies -- conceived in the late 1980s and early '90s, when sperm banks became more common and donor insemination began to flourish -- are coming of age, and we have something to say. I'm here to tell you that emotionally, many of us are not keeping up. We didn't ask to be born into this situation, with its limitations and confusion. It's hypocritical of parents and medical professionals to assume that biological roots won't matter to the "products" of the cryobanks' service, when the longing for a biological relationship is what brings customers to the banks in the first place. We offspring are recognizing the right that was stripped from us at birth -- the right to know who both our parents are.
- We Stand with the Teachers of Oaxaca (June 16, 2006)
The values and aspirations of teachers and families everywhere are the same: to see the healthy, secure, peaceful development of their students and children to the fullest of their abilities in an environment of mutual support and respect. Everywhere these values and aspirations are under attack: in Mexico, throughout Central and South America, in the United States and Canada, and across the globe.
- Sources Archived News Releases 2005 (December 31, 2005)
- On Handcuffed and Felonious Children (February 9, 2005)
Arresting young children for a crayon drawing, not unlike the games of hangman we once all played, is the ultimate meaning and logic of Zero Tolerance. Zero tolerance involves the application of law in an extreme and uncompromising manner to any activity, violent or not, that is deemed to be anti-social.
- Sources Archived News Releases 2004 (December 31, 2004)
- How 'diversity' breeds division (August 19, 2004)
Diversity training is supposed to help 'promote good relations' between different ethnic groups and capitalise on workforce diversity. However, there is warranted scepticism about whether such training alleviates tensions or exacerbates them. Much of the content of this training is overreliant on pop sociology and pseudo-therapeutic techniques. Participants are expected to talk about stereotypes they harbour deep in their subconscious, and disclose feelings of harassment and victimisation. Trainers claim to eliminate stereotypes in the workplace, yet in talking about 'different cultural perspectives' they end up generating new and more insidious stereotypes in their stead.
- Sources Archived News Releases 2003 (December 31, 2003)
- Sources Archived News Releases 1979 - 2002 (December 31, 2002)
- Falsifying History and Ourselves: Anti-Democratic Propaganda in the Classroom (2001)
Contrary to the views promoted by FHAO, the true facts about Germany during the Holocaust show that 1) working class Germans fought the Nazis; 2) anti-Semitism did not come from ordinary people; and 3) anti-Semitism was a weapon used by Germany's industrial and aristocratic elite to attack not only the Jewish minority but the entire working class.
- Ontological "Difference" and the Neo-Liberal War on the Social (2001)
We have today legions of people with a smattering of knowledge turning out reams of books filled with buzz words that could be (and have been) produced by a computer program, and could be (and are) picked up in peer-group shop talk in a few months at the nearest humanities program or academic conference. Everyone these people don't like is trapped in a "gaze"; everyone "constitutes" their "identity" by "discourse"; to the fuddy-duddy "master narratives" that talk about such indelicate subjects as world accumulation these people counterpose "pastiche" and "bricolage", the very idea of being in any way systematic smacking of "totalitarianism"; it is blithely assumed that everyone except heterosexual white males now and for all time have been "subversives" (one wonders why we are still living under capitalism); a crippling relativism makes it somehow "imperial" to criticize public beheadings in Saudi Arabia or cliterodectomy practiced on five-year old girls in the Sudan.
- High Stakes Testing (2000)
The tests are very destructive educationally. They test students on such a broad range of materials that teachers have to rush through the curriculum; they cannot allow real discussion or in-depth study. Education is reduced to memorization of disconnected facts.
- "Take This Test and Shove It!" (1999)
Open resistance to high stakes tests is an important development: it can be the first step in a movement uniting students, teachers, parents, and others against the corporate assault on public education and for a democratic society.
- You'll Never Be Good Enough: Schooling and Social Control (1998)
The remarkable thing about the public schools isn't that some teachers become demoralized and "burned out," or that some students drop out or do poorly, but that so many teachers and students achieve so much in the face of a system designed to fail.
- School Reform and the Attack on Public Education (July 1, 1997)
The education reform movement is part of a wider corporate and government plan to undermine democracy and strengthen corporate domination of our society.
- Letter to Ontario Minister of Education and Training John Snobelen (March 4, 1997)
The actions of your government have made us all take a good look at what we have taken for granted for many years in Ontario and have forced us to stand up for the things we value most -- a caring society with quality universal public education system.
- Sources Archived News Releases - Pre 1979 (December 31, 1979)
- Book of the Year for Children Award (1947)
Winners from 1947 on.
- Educating Kids for Jobs for the 21st Century
We distribute jobs by social class. If we 'qualify' all students with a college degree, then 100% of students will be competing for the 22% of jobs requiring college degrees. The answer here is not to push more kids in to college but pay better salaries to those jobs not requiring college.
- Elmer the Safety Elephant Be Prepared! Poster Contest (February 22, 2010)
The Canada Safety Council and its partner Public Safety Canada are pleased to announce Elmer the Safety Elephants Be Prepared! Poster Contest for elementary school students in grades two to five all across Canada.
- MCAS: Why Is This Being Done to Our Kids?
High stakes tests are meant to legitimize the growing inequality of society. They are designed to drive millions of students out of school so that, if they end up with a low-paying job or no job at all, they will blame themselves instead of the corporate system. Tests like MCAS are not about education but about social control.
- National History Education Clearinghouse
Teachinghistory.org is designed to help K12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom. With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) has created Teachinghistory.org with the goal of making history content, teaching strategies, resources, and research accessible.
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