Activism

Should a teacher report a pupil for Extinction Rebellion activism? | Education

Counter-terror police issued guidance requiring teachers to report members of Extinction Rebellion to the authorities under the Prevent powers. The guide was recalled after the Guardian revealed its existence, but later another list emerged citing the group, as well as Greenpeace and Stop the Badger Cull. Ed Finch Teacher, Larkrise primary school, Oxford No. While I would report a pupil for extremism if I believed they had motive, intent and ability to endanger property or life, I know numerous people…

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Universities divesting from fossil fuels have made history, but the fight isn’t over | Zamzam Ibrahim | Education

Today the student movement made history by announcing that more than half of UK universities have committed to divest from fossil fuel companies. Since 2012, students have campaigned to marginalise companies like Shell and BP which profit from climate breakdown. The campaign, supported by the National Union of Students,People & Planet and Students Organising for Sustainability UK, has shown the power of students taking collective action. The University of Glasgow was the first UK university to divest in October 2014,…

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8 Education Trends and Ideas Worth Leaving Behind in 2019 – Education Article

For public education, 2019, like previous years, brought its share of the good, the bad, and the ugly. On balance, there was plenty of good news, made largely possible by the 2018 mid-term elections that swept pro-education candidates into office. Much of that energy was drawn from the #RedforEd movement, which continued to generate momentum in calling for greater investments in public schools. As a result, educators and their unions head into the new decade stronger than ever. Students are…

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Demand Reform to Pennsylvania’s Charter School Law – Before It’s Too Late – Education Article

  If no one answers a question, was it even asked?  Way back on August 24, 2019, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) quietly posted a little notice on the PA Bulletin Website asking for public comment on the state’s charter school law.   This is not exactly a high traffic site.     It’s a state-run page that includes proposed rules, notices, proclamations, court rulings, actions and executive orders.  Unless you work for the state, are a journalist or…

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Students accuse Cambridge university of ‘greenwashing’ ties with oil firms | Education

Student activists at Cambridge have accused the university of attempting to greenwash its relationship with oil and gas firms by stealing their group’s name for a project led by an academic linked to the fossil fuel industry. Cambridge University is to launch its Cambridge Zero initiative at an event in London next week. The project’s website, which is already live, touts it as a “bold response to the world’s greatest challenge”. It says that, along with developing greener technology, it…

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Shakira: ‘I needed surgery – or divine intervention’ | Music

There was a time, in late 2017, when Shakira thought she might never sing again. After suffering a haemorrhage in her vocal cords, she could barely speak. “I always thought there were going to be things in my life that would go away, like beauty, youth, all of that stuff,” she says. “But I never thought that my voice would leave me, because it’s so inherent to my nature. It was my identity. So when I couldn’t sing, that was…

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UK’s first degree course in social change begins | Education

The UK’s first degree course in “social change” has attracted six times more candidates per place than Oxford University, as young people flock to activist careers to reshape a world strained by environmental and wealth inequalities. Freshers gathered for the start of the pioneering course this week at Queen Mary University of London where they have been paired with major charities in a study-apprenticeship programme aimed at forging a new generation of charity leaders. Around 80% of the students are…

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How Closing Schools Traumatizes Students and Communities – Education Article

A student walks down a hallway at the Jean de Lafayette Elementary School, on the final day of school Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Chicago. The school was one of 50 slated to be closed by the city.(AP Photo/Scott Eisen) Since 2004, Oakland Unified School District has closed 16 schools and is now targeting an additional 24 by the start of the 2019-20 school year. District officials call it “right-sizing,” a term borrowed from corporate America – appropriate given that…

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Clever, Funny, and Fiery: The Best of #RedforEd Protest Signs – Education Article

Crumbling desks and tattered textbooks. Large class sizes. Multiple jobs. Stagnant salaries. Unsustainable pensions. These were some of the issues educators brought to the forefront during the wave of #RedForEd rallies, walkouts, protests, job actions, and strikes. The issues run deep. Yet, educators and their supporters still found a way to lighten the mood with fun, pithy rally sign. Click to view slideshow. This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Tim Walker Read Full Article

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10 Changemaker Questions Illuminate History’s Activists – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog When I walked into a one-hour session at the most recent National Council for the Social Studies annual conference – a mega-gathering with ideas and fellow teachers spilling from every corner, not to mention a celebrity sighting of Constitution USA guru Peter Sagal – I didn’t expect to walk out ready to transform an entire unit in my eighth-grade history class. But my mind opened up as I sat in “Bending the Arc Through History and Literature,”…

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California schools were once the nation’s envy. What went wrong? | Education

California once had one of the best funded, most envied public education systems in the United States. Now schoolteachers in Los Angeles, who went on strike this week to vent years of frustration, say they struggle with overcrowded classrooms and children whose need for academic support, psychological services and English-language coaching outstrips anything they can provide. Many schools do not have a full-time nurse or counselor. In many of the poorer neighborhoods – in south LA, or the north-eastern San…

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Educators Reinvigorate Organizing and Activism With Art Build – Education Article

Photo: Joe Brusky On a typically warm and sunny Saturday last week in Venice, California, Kristie Mitchell sat outside at a table surrounded by Sharpies and a pile of posters. Each one featured the same basic illustration – an outline of an African-American woman and three school-age children with the words “I Stand For” across the top. It was up to Mitchell and the other public school parents and children around the table to decorate the poster with whatever color…

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Community Support Helps Schools Recover from Disaster – Education Article

Jones Middle School students march in their town’s Christmas Parade with donated instruments. From east coast to west coast, the U.S. has endured several devastating natural disasters in 2018. It’s been a hard year for many people, and if the seemingly endless negative news cycle has you feeling grinchy this holiday season, read on. Though they suffered enormous loss, disaster-hit communities are still feeling hopeful. When Hurricane Florence swamped Jones Middle School in eastern North Carolina, it wiped out everything,…

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The Best and Worst of 2018 in Public Education – Education Article

2018 was by most measures a pretty great year for public education. It seemed that finally – finally – the conversation about the future of public education was headed in the right direction. The country was actually listening to educators. There were many other successes for public schools in 2018, but also enough disappointments and outrages to splash a little cold water on any year-end celebration. Here are some of the highlights and lowlights for 2018. (It’s hardly an exhaustive…

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