education

Freedom Socialist Letters to the editor August 2015

August 2015

MICK PARSONS Illegally fired The interview with Mick Parsons was a real eye-opener [Adjunct professors: academia’s overstressed, underpaid labor force, Vol. 36, No. 3]. Since the article was published, Parsons has been illegally fired because of his high profile activism to improve working conditions of adjuncts across the state of Kentucky. He was fired less… Read more »

Freedom Socialist editorial — Teachers worldwide standing strong

August 2015

Everywhere you look teachers are fighting for schools and students — going toe-to-toe with politicians and police across the globe. They are on the frontline of battles, especially to keep public education accessible. Without these class-conscious warriors, education would once again be the privilege of the wealthy elite. In Mexico, thousands of determined educators took… Read more »

Labor Weather Report — October 2015

October 2015

September 2015 — Making the public pay. Confronted with $72 billion in debt, Puerto Rico’s government is calling for “shared sacrifice.” Thousands of public-sector unions protest because the public is being expected to shoulder the entire burden. Plans include school closures and contracting for-profit companies to run public roads and ports. Resistance and rage is… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the editor December 2015

December 2015

TROTSKY Success for revolution So far Trotsky is convincing me all the more of what he kept reiterating in The History of the Russian Revolution and in The Transitional Program. A militant, action-oriented party deeply grounded in Marxist principles is essential for the success of a revolution. It all makes me grateful to the FSP… Read more »

South African students stop fee hikes, fight for their future

February 2016

Growing protests against the South African government of the African National Congress (ANC) have spread to campuses. In October 2015, thousands of college students nationwide rallied to stop planned tuition hikes of 10-12 percent. Students at nearly every major university shut down their schools. They engaged campus workers in the struggle and turned #feesmustfall into… Read more »

Your Say Special Feature: Rebel Poets Inspire

Summer/Autumn 2010

The Freedom Socialist Bulletin was overwhelmed by the response we received to our feature, Rebel Poets: Shaking Up the Status Quo, published last issue. We decided to publish some of the reactions from our readers who also shared some of their own writing. Pam Sidney is a rebel poet in the finest tradition. She is… Read more »

Victorian teachers vote “yes” to agreement but are deeply divided

Winter/Spring 2008

On 5 May, the Victorian Premier, John Brumby, announced that he had struck a deal with the Australian Education Union (AEU), bringing the tenacious 16-month campaign for a new Victorian Government Schools Agreement to an end. In November 2007 and February 2008, teachers had turned out for the biggest stopwork meetings and rallies in the… Read more »

Neocon Ideologues and University Politics The RMIT Dismissal of Robert Austin

Summer/Autumn 2006

In its crusade to re-construct higher education institutions as free-market monasteries populated by conformist academics and demobilised students, the Howard Government has enacted legislation to publicly fund only those universities which implement a range of industrial changes, including individual contracts, harsher “performance management,” and severe restrictions on union activity. These Higher Education Workplace Relations Requirements… Read more »

Nelson and Costello’s plans for Higher Education: bad for all, worse for women

Winter/Spring 2003

The outcome of the recent review by Federal Minister for Education Dr Brendan Nelson, Higher Education at the Crossroads, is a 10-year plan for tertiary education which will complete the reintroduction of tuition fees and transform universities from institutions of learning into corporations managing the bottom line. Nelson and Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello, both received… Read more »

“My life is mortgaged to the university”

Summer/Autumn 1994

Wendy Harper is a 22-year-old working class student from The Basin, who is studying first year humanities at Latrobe University. “One of the impacts of the education cuts is day students being forced to take classes in the evening, because the University is no longer prepared to fund both a day and evening class. Full-time… Read more »