A teacher in Isreal’s Yitzhak Rabin High School in Kfar Saba was emailing senior students about a school trip when she accidentally attached a document that neatly listed insulting observations about the students written by teachers.

These included “liar,” “grown baby,” “sick,” “speaks like a four-year-old” and “not so smart.” The shocked students expressed their outrage by arriving at school carrying signs with the teachers’ words on them. “I never believed that they could write something like that,” said one, who has obviously never eavesdropped on a teacher’s lounge. 

The students showed up to school with their nick names hanging around their necks. 

The school’s principal, Ruth Lazar, released a statement saying, “we will draw conclusions about our behavior and the way we express ourselves.”

But Israel’s Ministry of Education, which called the incident “unacceptable,” said in a separate statement that it has launched an “in-depth and thorough investigation” of its own into the matter.

"This is not about a human error from a teacher who accidentally sent the email, this is about the fact that the document should not have been created in the first place," said education activist and Member of Knesset Karin Elharar.


Republican Eric Cantor is an obvious liar.

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This is why radical movements are mercilessly mocked. They can win. “It’s official: Quebec tuition hikes are history”

After a year of the “Maple Spring” university students across Quebec were celebrating victory following the announcement from newly elected Premier Pauline Marois that the government was cancelling the proposed tuition hike that led to the student uprising and nullifying the contentious Bill 78 law which was introduced to curb the powerful protests.

Martine Desjardins, president of the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec,

“It’s a total victory! … It’s a new era of collaboration instead of confrontation.”Together we’ve written a chapter in the history of Quebec,” she added. “It’s a triumph of justice and equity.”

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, a spokesperson for the Coalition large de l’association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (CLASSE)

Marois’ announcement followed her very first cabinet meeting and was a fulfillment of promises she made during her recent campaign against the former premier, Jean Charest.  For his part, Charest became the prime target of ire for students during their fight against the tuition hikes and following the passage of Bill 78, which he signed. The most odious sections of Bill 78, which later became Law 12, will be nullified by decree, said Marois.

The Montreal Gazette reports:

Whichever side of the debate you were on, there was no denying the significance of the moment. Marois, who was criticized by the Liberals for wearing a symbolic red square in solidarity with students for much of the conflict, made a promise to cancel the tuition increase — and she moved quickly to fulfill that commitment.

Students, who organized countless marches and clanged pots and never wavered from their goal of keeping education accessible with a tuition freeze, seemed at last to have triumphed definitively.

The various student groups, which range from the more radical CLASSE to the less strident FEUQ, do not share all the same political goals or tactics, but it is unquestionable that their shared movement helped lead to the downfall of the Charest government, paved the path for Marois victory, and culminated in yesterday’s victory.

Today I wanted to re-watch this video which made me want to see what else was going on with the almost year old UC Davis pepper-spray incident.

Pepper-Spraying Cop John Pike Is Still Employed at UC Davis.

The task force report on the pepper-spray incident at the UC Davis concluded the campus police and administration made “critically flawed” decisions.

California law is the problem.

Says the Reynoso report:

The police officers in charge of the police operation were uncertain as to the legal grounds for the action they were taking and consulted with University Counsel on the issue. Even on November 18, Police Department leadership continued to question their legal authority to remove tents during the day in order to implement legal prohibitions against overnight camping.

The Kroll report goes into more detail:

Despite the lack of clarity of the legal basis to remove the tents, the UCDPD operation plans for both November 15 and November 18 stated that camping was not allowed on campus and that tents would not be permitted… A few hours before the operation commenced, Chief Spicuzza, Lieutenant Pike and OfficerP sought legal advice regarding the laws that apply to camping on the UC Davis campus… This call was apparently placed because of the Lieutenants’ continued concern over the legal basis for removing the tents, and the police operation was commenced only after this last-minute call.
"Other countries are sending more kids to college. They’re getting higher completion rates. They’ve moved ahead of us. The cost of an education just keeps going up. So you’ve go to see if you can change the way the system works. Having a lot of kids sit in the lecture class will be viewed at some point as an antiquated thing. On the other hand, having a bunch of kids come into a small study group where peers help each other, where you can explain why you’re learning these various topics, that will be even more important. And so the skill sets that you want on the university campus and that you’re really valuing and measuring and giving feedback to, I think those are shifting somewhat because we can take the lecture piece versus that study-group piece and make the lecture piece more of a shared element, and not have to have that duplicated again and again."

A conversation with Bill Gates about innovating higher education

A really fascinating look at how truly homogeneous and screwy our higher education system’s standards are, how low our completion rates are, and how the Gates Foundation and others are trying to make it better.

It won’t be as simple as putting iPads in every class. It will involve better pre-college preparation, it will involve not making people wait around an extra year because they missed the last spot in a required class, it will require harnessing group work and real-world projects to show students that there’s an application to the seemingly infinitely broad education available at our Universities.

This dude’s pretty smart.

(via The Chronicle of Higher Education)

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Rain slowed, but did not stop massive files of students, workers and protesters as they marched past the presidential palace to protest education costs and profiteering Thursday. The Confederation of Chilean Students (Confech), the university student organization that coordinated the protest, estimated the number of protesters at 150,000.




Diana Martinez, 18, an undocumented student, was one of 12 arrested after refusing to leave their sit-in in the Hart Senate Office building.
An estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools each year.

I need to know where these stats are coming from! Anyone?

We got it from here.




Diana Martinez, 18, an undocumented student, was one of 12 arrested after refusing to leave their sit-in in the Hart Senate Office building.

An estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools each year.

I need to know where these stats are coming from! Anyone?

We got it from here.

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Let’s hear it for Pell Grants.


Violent Backlash Against Growing Sudanese Student Movement

June 23, 2012

Sudan’s police force ordered its officers to put an end to the demonstrations “immediately”, state media said, after the protests spread throughout the capital a day earlier expanding beyond the core of student activists initially involved.

Angered by a raft of planned austerity measures meant to tackle the country’s $2.4 billion budget deficit, activists have tried to use discontent over a worsening economic crisis to trigger an “Arab Spring”-style uprising against the government of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

Security forces have used teargas and batons to break up the demonstrations, which have taken place in several neighborhoods but have never garnered more than a few hundred people.

On Saturday, the smell of teargas hung in the air and smoke rose from burning tires amid a heavy security presence in the Al-Daim neighborhood, which was also the site of some of the larger protests a day earlier.

A Reuters correspondent saw around 300 to 400 demonstrators, but it was difficult to estimate the total number of protesters as they were scattered in small groups on different streets.

Protests followed the same pattern in the Sajjana neighborhood, where small groups of demonstrators moved through side streets, blocked roads, burned tires and chanted “freedom, freedom”, and “the people want to overthrow the regime”.

In January, last year, similar protests broke out after students in the nation vowed to replicate the Arab Spring that has swept over the Middle East. The government cracked down on those protests harshly too. But with the experience of last year’s social movement, can the people of Sudan turn this movement into something capable of stopping the oppressive Sudanese government? will continue to monitor the situation.


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Kameron Slade is a Queens, New York fifth grader who won his class speaking competition planned to participate in the school-wide contest with a speech about same-sex marriage. The principal of PS 195 prohibited him from giving the speech, which generated predictable (and completely justified) kerfuffle. Now Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott has overriden the principal, and young master Slade will give his speech after all.


From Cuba: Che Guevera Statue dons Red Square showing Solidarity with the Montreal Student ProtestsStatue de Bronze de Che Guevara portant le Carré rouge à Santa Clara, Cuba
Photo: Occupy Canada


From Cuba: Che Guevera Statue dons Red Square showing Solidarity with the Montreal Student Protests

Statue de Bronze de Che Guevara portant le Carré rouge à Santa Clara, Cuba

Photo: Occupy Canada

"If you let one (truant student) run loose, what are you gonna’ do with the rest of ‘em? Let them go too?"


Houston judge Lanny Moriarty • On his decision to sentence a 17-year-old honor student, who (since her parents divorced and both skipped town) has had to work both a full and a part time job just to support two siblings, to spend a day in jail, after she missed school recently. Diane Tran, who also takes dual-credit college-level courses, says that she’s often so tired that she finds it difficult to wake up for school. But that didn’t sway Moriarty, who chose to make an example of Tran. If you think this sucks, we direct you to this petition. (via shortformblog)

Please sign the petition.

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"For the first eight years of our marriage, [Michelle and I] were paying more in student loans than what we were paying for our mortgage. So we know what this is about.

And we were lucky to land good jobs with a steady income. But we only finished paying off our student loans—check this out, all right, I’m the President of the United States—we only finished paying off our student loans about eight years ago."

—President Obama in North Carolina today on why Congress has to act to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling (via barackobama)

When Obama was nominated, he got a lot of criticism for not having military experience. I think it’s more pertinent that he had the experience of not growing up wealthy and privileged in America. How can someone who’s never had to worry about money or loans create a fair policy about them? -Jess

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This is what being in touch looks like. ‘Kay, Mitt?

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