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Turning the crisis around

(cc) Guillaume Paumier, 2011

Quality education remains a central trade union priority for equality between women and men; to provide opportunities for groups on the margins of society; for democracy; and for building a healthy and sustainable society. National action is no longer sufficient to defend the right to education and to enhance the contributions...

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Why does the World Bank hate teachers?

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In an insulting, biased, and ignorant blog, Shanta Devarajan, World Bank Chief Economist for Africa, blames teachers for Africa's educational problems.  He points to teacher "absenteeism, neglect, and ignorance" as the culprits of low levels of student learning.  Moreover, Mr. Devarajan argues that teachers, in the for...

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The largest American union strike in 25 years: Chicago's teachers take a stand

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As many as 6.000 teachers are facing potential dismissal due to a recent education reforms that were passed in the Chicago, a state which houses the third largest public school district in the country; Chicagoan teachers’ jobs will now be subject to an evaluation based on their students’ standardized test scores. This among ...

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Politics - Big Money versus Democracy

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"Money is the mother's milk of politics." Former Speaker of the California Assembly Jesse Unruh   When Speaker Unruh uttered his famous phrase in 1966, money lubricated the American political system to a much lesser degree than it does today. The Centre for Responsive Politics estimates that nearly six billion dollars wil...

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