The Far Right’s New Offensive Against Academia

By Goldie Blumenstyk, George Ciccariello-­Maher, an associate professor of politics and global studies at Drexel University, says he was being satirical when on December 24 he posted on Twitter: “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide.” A scholar of revolutionary movements and a self-described social activist, Mr. Ciccariello-Maher is no stranger to Twitter furors. … More The Far Right’s New Offensive Against Academia

Fascism in the Academy: Professors Being Watched

A new website is asking students and others to “expose and document” professors who “discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” The site, called Professor Watchlist, is not without precedent — predecessors include the now-defunct NoIndoctrination.org, which logged accounts of alleged bias in the classroom. There’s also David Horowitz’s … More Fascism in the Academy: Professors Being Watched

Save the UMass Amherst Labor Center: Sign the Petition!

In the past year, UMass administrators have eliminated all funding for graduate students (including teaching and research assistantships) and all funding for part-time faculty who have taught the required curriculum for many years.  They have made efforts to take governance of the program out of the hands of Labor Center faculty, effectively eliminated the Center’s professional … More Save the UMass Amherst Labor Center: Sign the Petition!

UMass-Amherst preparing to abolish Labor Center

From Michael D. Yates: This letter is from Eve Weinbaum, Director of the Labor Center at UMass-Amherst. She writes about the abominable efforts of the university administration to get rid of the Labor Center and its despicable treatment of her. Eve is an outstanding champion of workers, at her own university and across the country. … More UMass-Amherst preparing to abolish Labor Center

Voices, Not Numbers: Towards a Greater Democracy in Education

By Carl A. Grant In the United States, children’s voices are not sought out. They are most often the “objects of inquiry,” according to M. Elizabeth Graue and Daniel Walsh, who write that “researchers see children as either a window onto universal psychological laws or as indicators of treatment effects. In both cases, the children … More Voices, Not Numbers: Towards a Greater Democracy in Education

Graduate assistants sue University of Missouri for recognition of union

A long-threatened lawsuit to determine whether graduate assistants at the University of Missouri qualify as employees under state labor law was filed Wednesday in Boone County Circuit Court. The Coalition of Graduate Workers, a local union affiliated with the Missouri National Education Association, sued the university for recognition as the bargaining representative for 2,600 graduate … More Graduate assistants sue University of Missouri for recognition of union

Jeff Noonan on Ten Theses In Support of Teaching and Against Learning Outcomes

By Jeff Noonan 1. Teaching at the university level is not a practice of communicating or transferring information but awakening in students a desire to think by revealing to them the questionability of things. The desire to think is awakened in students if the teacher is able to reveal the importance of the discipline as … More Jeff Noonan on Ten Theses In Support of Teaching and Against Learning Outcomes