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Democracy for education

"“We need to be able to try and fail and change direction and not to be judged harshly for that experimentation. We need to foster courageous experimentation. Student empowerment, sensible decision making for the benefit of all. In other words, wisdom-of-the-whole. That should be our collective ambition: wise democracies – in schools, in neighbourhoods, in nation states and across the world.” Lyn Carson.


Liberation pedagogy in Mexico’s social movements

Education understood as a pillar of political activity, on the basis of criticism and resistance, becomes a fundamental means for struggling to end poverty, marginalization, slavery and exploitation.

Kiron provides refugees with opportunities to study

The Berlin-based social start-up Kiron Open Higher Education delivers higher education to refugees. Through an innovative blended learning model that consists of online and offline elements, bureaucratic, financial and legal barriers are overcome.

From audience democracy to wisdom-for-the-whole

Closing remarks to Strasbourg’s World Forum for Democracy 2016, by " an interloper from Down Under."

'Democracy is a process' - an interview with Dr Sakena Yacoobi

Democracy is not something you take from one country and put in another, was the message to a reporter from the openDemocracy youth newsroom.

In the twenty-first century, do we need to rethink representation?

Despite the fact that our societies, laws and political climates have changed immensely over the last century, the concept of democratic representation has remained fundamentally the same in most nations. 

How the Alt Right is trying to create a safe space for racism on college campuses

Right-wing movements in the US are repackaging ideas from white nationalism into a new, more middle-class culture by using the strategies and language of the left (4,500 words).

The problem with politicians and democracy…

"Opening up new forms of political participation to hear the voices of the politically marginalised is critical for the well being of our polity." Interview for the World Forum for Democracy 2016.

So, is it a refugee crisis?

“Not really. It’s a crisis of everybody’s values and everybody’s solidarity, and how far they’re willing to go to ensure human rights for everybody.”

Publicly fund the transition to a society beyond work

Technology has changed everything, now politics – and how we relate to each other – needs to catch up. Whether you call it post-capitalism or 'fully automated luxury communism', the essence of th...

Why should Bill Gates decide how our children should be educated?

Billionaire philanthropists are imposing their views on the rest of society with little accountability for their actions.

Turkey’s universities are being purged: we cannot afford to look the other way

We must keep in mind that as academics we are at our best, not when we agree to disagree, but exactly when we disagree to agree.

The final frontier for privatisation: schools

As in the NHS, the government’s structural changes to schools are just the start of a massive privatisation process.

Rhodes must fall: from dignity to honour values

When shame becomes honour, victims become offenders. Rhodes Must Fall is a case in point.

Democracy experiments in the Latin American political lab

In recent years, Latin America has experimented with different political models, seeking to consolidate democratic progress in the region. It is time to start measuring the results. Español Português

‘Policed multiculturalism’ and predicting disaster

Counter-radicalisation in France draws on British and Dutch policies developed in the mid-2000s. It extends police action to areas of diversity management such as education, religion and social policy. With what results? Interview.

Smear campaign against Academics for Peace

A peace manifesto circulated by many Turkish academicians against the political war being conducted by the Turkish Government in the Kurdish region of Turkey has prompted a severe reaction. 

A threat to whom? Some implications of the rise of “extremist rhetoric”

“We need to call in question how, as a society, we allow our security and democracy to be defined.”

Israel Firsters

For the past few months Israelis and Palestinians have experienced a wave of terrorist attacks mainly on civilian targets. Peace education may have an answer.

After the Paris attacks, what role for reforming education in the Middle East?

Recent terrorist attacks are an opportunity to push for crucial curriculum and educational reforms in Egypt and the Muslim world. 

Podemos on education: the education ‘we can’ have

This vision of education forming the basis of the educational model that Podemos proposes is openly opposed to the ruinous policies of privatization that began in Europe in the 1980s. Español. 

Integrated education in Europe: privilege or right?

This international human rights day, the deep-rooted stereotype that implies that Romani families do not value education contributes substantially to a general lack of awareness in working to ensure equality in education for all. 

The rights and duties of international citizenship

This statement was read by Foucault at a press conference on June 19, 1981, organized in association with Médecins du monde and Terre des hommes, in the presence of Yves Montand, André Glucksmann and Bernard Kouchner. 

Neoliberal realpolitik: choking others in our name

This lack of lived experience with the violence of our state entails an almost inevitable blindness to the deepening divide between those our states protect and those whose life it represses, expels, and humiliates.

So much for free speech: Southampton University and the pro-Israel lobby

If our universities can’t stand up to the Israel lobby and uphold free speech, how will the international community ever stand up to the state of Israel and uphold international law?

Social Science Inc

The neoliberal approach to higher education is turning social science academics into brand managers and commercial researchers.

Prevent Education?

Some issues pass through many organs of the body politic like a barium meal, rendering visible flaws and faults that might otherwise escape detection.

Does capitalism need mass higher education?

The neoliberal paradigm is economically dead but ideologically still very active especially in the education sector, which has assumed a far more business-like and 'entrepeneurial' value system.

The liberal arts in neoliberal times

In the neoliberal epoch the humanities have undergone a radical transformation.

Time to get serious about right wing extremism

Britain needs to get serious about tackling right wing extremism - and as it does so, there are lessons to learn from Wales.

'New managerialism' in education: the organisational form of neoliberalism

The ethos of 'new managerialism' is stripping public services of moral and ethical values and replacing them with the market language of costs, efficiencies, profits and competition. Anything which is not easily quantified becomes undervalued or abandoned.

When ‘liberals’ fail to defend academic freedom

The dismissal of Professor Steven Salaita is a wake up call as to the limits imposed on "diverse" debate within our commercialised universities.

Syria on our minds – fear of youth radicalisation across the European Union

Counterterrorist and counter-radicalisation policies not only have the potential to undermine the democratic principles, institutions, and processes they seek to preserve but also to produce unintended consequences.

Saving Europe: reformulating the rules

A Europe of welfare states, relatively free and democratic, with social provisions that allow for more emancipation and personal sovereignty: this must be saved, through a citizens’ pact to strive for more democracy. But first, we must face up to the full scale of the crisis. (Video, 25 minutes).

The neo-liberal knowledge regime, inequality and social critique

The argument about students holds that there should not be a direct public subsidy of a private beneficiary. But on the impact agenda the situation is reversed. Here the Government’s view is that there should not be public funding unless there is a private beneficiary and that that beneficiary should not pay.

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