The desecration of public trust is all the more vile when the persons and institution in question have been assigned the stewardship of generations of youth.
Too many academics for too long have turned their backs on addressing important social issues.
Student protests have risen in the wake of the government’s plans to make society pay for the economic crisis.
Students are recognizing that it is crucial to struggle for the university as a democratic public sphere.
“We need a wholesale revision of how a democracy both listens to and treats young people.”
Corporate power and money are unchecked as they privatize, deregulate and destroy all vestiges of public life.
“Theory needs to be rigorous and accessible, and it needs to address not merely the outer limits of disciplinary scholarship but also important social problems.”
Elisa Meza and Mike Ludwig discuss the battle to preserve Mexican American Studies in Tucson public schools and how the ethnic studies debate tends to get misrepresented.
We need new public spheres to generate a formative culture of change and justice.