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Education under attack

Monthly Review has a special summer issue on Education Under Fire. Their issue, however, deals mainly with the US in a kind of warning for the rest of the world.

It's inspired me to have a look around for similar material from other parts of the world. And I found some with the Greek CP which is very, very interesting.

Have a good read, raise issues here - these are not just youth or student issues but I thought this would be a good place for such a thread.

 

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"OUSA" president shows support for PC party platform

http://www.ousa.ca/2011/06/01/ontario-pc-party-releases-platform-%E2%80%...

 

Sean Madden, new president of OUSA, blogged about how students were "heartened" by the PC party's platform on education.

 

Here are the problems I wish to raise with the issues he praises, not all of which are bad, only two are:

Raising the threshold on student financial assistance to make it more accessible for middle-class families;

-This is okay with me. I don't like student debt but am okay with taking it on because I value my education.

The creation of up to 60,000 new spaces at Ontario universities and colleges;

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Ancillary Fee Protocol and CPI in a student union?

Not sure where to put this one,I have a question here, I understand that in B.C's Society Act, all fee increases MUST go to referendum. In Ontario, i've been led to understand that the Ancillary Fee Protocol actually does the same thing, if we're levying new fees, or if they are increased. My question is, if a student association needs to raise fees by CPI but has NO AGREEMENT in regards to CPI with the organization in question, do they have to go to referendum to get the increase? Further, if it actually is a base fee increase(not an increase by CPI), would that have to go to referendum? 

 

Also, where can I find this Ancillary Fee Protocol, I can't find it on the net. I'd appreciate any info, thanks!

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Marching for Marks

A small crush of students, determined and well-organized, are making their presence known under the watchful eyes of the Halifax Regional Police. A drum beat and chanting voices back placards crying out You Can't Eat Money and Less Cash Cropping = More Hunger Stopping.

They're out to raise awareness about global food and hunger issues, but more than that, they're finishing a class project worth 15 per cent of their final mark.

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No more Junk Toys

 

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The issues involved in junk toys are deeper than the layer of clutter on the playroom floor. These issues are as deep as the ocean, where thousands of yellow Lego toy life rafts drifted ashore after three million toy pieces inadvertently spilled from a tanker in 1998.1 But more important than the occasional freak toy-pollution disaster are the routine environmental insults associated with most toy production.
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Ombudsman Oversight of Children's Aid Societies

An Open Letter to MPP's in Ontario

 

RE: Ombudsman Oversight

 

As you are all aware, yet another Bill was introduced (Bill 131) in an attempt to get Ombudsman Oversight of Children's Aid Societies and other publicly funded bodies in the province's MUSH sector.

The PC party's Jim Wilson is quoted in the media as saying "We'll look at all avenues wherever the public's dollar is spent to make sure is has the proper oversight and accountability," and "If we need officers of the legislature to help us with that, then I don't think we would rule that out at this time."

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UK Student Fees Protests: 'This is Just The Beginning'

Student Fees Protests: 'This is Just the Beginning' (and vid)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/nov/10/student-fees-protest-con...

"Ministers and protesters acknowledged that the demonstration - by far the largest and most drastic yet in response to the government's austerity measures was 'just the beginning' of public anger over cuts. Police, meanwhile were criticized for failing to anticipate the scale of the disorder.."

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Age Discrimination Case Launched

A young Toronto man went to court Wednesday to challenge Ontario's new law prohibiting drivers 21 and under from having any alcohol whatsoever in their systems.

Kevin Wiener, 20, filed his application in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, alleging the law that took effect Sunday violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms because it is based on age.

"I want to make it very clear that, like all Ontarians, I am absolutely against drunk driving and I'm for safer streets," Wiener said after filing his application with the court.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/08/04/alcohol-challenge.html#ixzz0vjreK9qt

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Educational Training Income Beyond Zero Tuitions

Critique of Growing Wage Inequality: Educational Training Income Beyond Zero Tuitions

"Free education for all children in public schools.  Abolition of children's factory labour in its present form.  Combination of education with industrial production, &c, &c." (Karl Marx and Frederick Engels)

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CAS says children should not be involved in G20

This is a great article about how the CAS will be present and "on call" during the G8/G20 protests in Toronto.

I'm so annoyed at this comment by their spokesperson:

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While Fleming did note that he respects the right to protest, he feels children should not be involved at the G20.

"You never know what these things will turn out to be. As a parent I'd have concerns. I'd have good intentions but not everyone has the same thoughts. I would think twice before taking my kids. The protests have been known to become violent and that would be a concern for anyone there."

And I loved John Clarke's response:

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Classroom Integration: a New Brunswick story

A New Brunswick grandmother of a young autistic boy is calling on the province's schools to eliminate isolation rooms.

Jean-Michel, 7, was pulled out of his Grade 1 class at Ecole Sainte-Bernadette in Moncton after Claire LaBelle saw the isolation room - also called a time-out room. She's now teaching her grandson at home.

School has proved difficult for Jean-Michel, who has Asperger's syndrome, which is a form of autism, and Tourette's syndrome.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/06/21/nb-moncton-inclusion-school-isolation-room-1113.html#ixzz0raCfd6gV

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"Fartsalot" author kicked out of class reading by principal

Too funny.  I'd hate for this principal to read one of my son's favourite books: Zombie Butts from Uranus.

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The author of a series of cheeky children's books was stunned this week to find his book reading at an Ottawa school suddenly cut short, after the principal objected to what she thought was inappropriate language used in the book.

Kevin Bolger, the author of the kids favourite "Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger," was asked to leave Ottawa's Manor Park elementary school after the principal walked in on a reading from his new novel "Zombiekins."

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Changes in Ontario's sex education curriculum cause causes some britches to bunch

Are props due to McGuinty? I hate to do it, but this does sounds like a very positive move forward.

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Premier Dalton McGuinty is defending the province's new sex education curriculum against accusations from "family values" groups that it exposes young children to inappropriate material.

Dr. Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College, said Ontario's revamped sex education curriculum will teach 11-year-olds about oral and anal sex and eight-year-olds about sexual orientation and identity.

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Beyond Its Elementary: Talking About Gender and Sexual Orientation in Elementary Schools: Toronto: April 8

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The Mark S. Bonham, Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto in conjunction with Centre for Urban Schooling, OISE, Toronto District School Board, Equitable and Inclusive Schools

Presents: Beyond Its Elementary: Talking About Gender and Sexual Orientation in Elementary Schools

A panel of educators, parents and researchers discuss how to talk about gender, sex and sexual orientation with children in schools
A resource fair will follow with materials for parents and educators

Date: Thursday, April 8
Time: 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Place: OISE Library, 252 Bloor Street West

Please RSVP: sexual.diversity@utoronto.ca

 

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