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Demise of journalistic independency & access to Uni / HE Media. 27jan Soeterbeeck Actualiteitencollege Wikileaks. ANS-Online: Wat is de rol van ANS op de universiteit en wat brengt de toekomst? EPIC 2014. You're about to watch a future history of the media by Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson, with music by Aaron McLeran.
Click here to watch EPIC 2014! Thanks to all the folks helping us share this with the world: José, Evan, Michael, Ido, and Arno. Also, Robin Good did a transcript in English (ends a little early, though), Coldwind did one in Spanish, Bobby in French, Eneko in Basque, Maciej in Polish, Fabio in Italian, Henry in Brazilian Portuguese, Li in Chinese, and Osman in Turkish.
Cool, right? Censuur heerst op universiteiten. Welkom bij Persvrijheid. Berichtgeving Ad Valvas leidt tot Kamervragen. Ravitch: 'A moment of national insanity' corporate school reformers. Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 03/ 1/2011 By Valerie Strauss This was written by education historian Diane Ravitch for her Bridging Differences blog, which she co-authors with Deborah Meier on the Education Week website.
Trailer & Official Movie Site. What ‘Superman’ got wrong, point by point. This was written by Rick Ayers, a former high school teacher, founder of Communication Arts and Sciences small school at Berkeley High School, and currently adjunct professor in teacher education at the University of San Francisco. He is the co-author, with his brother William Ayers, of the forthcoming "Teaching the Taboo" from Teachers College Press. This post is long, but it is worth your time. By Rick Ayers While the education filmWaiting For Superman has moving profiles of students struggling to succeed under difficult circumstances, it puts forward a sometimes misleading and other times dishonest account of the roots of the problem and possible solutions.
Protesters set for London march against spending cuts. 27 March 2011Last updated at 00:09 Watch: The BBC's Sophie Long spoke to some people taking part in the march More than 250,000 people have attended a march and rally in central London against public spending cuts.
Labour leader Ed Miliband addressed crowds in Hyde Park and the main march organised by the Trades Union Congress passed off peacefully. But small groups attacked shops and banks with a stand-off in Piccadilly. Academic fury over order to study the big society. Academics will study the "big society" as a priority, following a deal with the government to secure funding from cuts.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) will spend a "significant" amount of its funding on the prime minister's vision for the country, after a government "clarification" of the Haldane principle – a convention that for 90 years has protected the right of academics to decide where research funds should be spent. Under the revised principle, research bodies must work to the government's national objectives, although the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said that ministers will not meddle in individual projects.
De universiteiten worden halvarinefabrieken. Liever de Gifbeker: over de universiteiten en de markt « Kritische Studenten Utrecht. (pdf)Benjamin. Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action. Robber baron (industrialist) In social criticism and economic literature, robber baron became a derogatory term applied to wealthy and powerful 19th-century American businessmen that appeared in North American periodical literature as early as the August 1870 issue of The Atlantic Monthly magazine.
By the late 1800s, the term was typically applied to businessmen who used what were considered to be exploitative practices to amass their wealth. These practices included exerting control over national resources, accruing high levels of government influence, paying extremely low wages, squashing competition by acquiring competitors in order to create monopolies and eventually raise prices, and schemes to sell stock at inflated prices to unsuspecting investors in a manner which would eventually destroy the company for which the stock was issued and impoverish investors. The term combines the sense of criminal ("robber") and illegitimate aristocracy (a baron is an illegitimate role in a republic).
(pdf)bezoldiging_bestuurders_hogescholen_2010_-_hbo-raad_februari_2011. Library closures: Labour's fury as users are labelled white and middle class. Gloria De Piero: 'For many areas of the country there are tremendous success stories about libraries.'
Photograph: Fabio De Paola Labour politicians and campaigners have condemned the head of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council for suggesting that public libraries are primarily used by the white middle classes The controversial comments were made by Roy Clare, the council's chief executive, who argued that the service should not be preserved in "aspic". Gloria De Piero, the shadow minister for media and culture, said: "I hope the government will condemn these remarks. As libraries minister, Ed Vaizey has been strangely silent on the fact that hundreds of libraries are under threat of closure. All Hail the PUBLIC Library. The public library is a uniquely American creation.
Now we have to fight to keep it public. Is “public” now a dirty word? Fort Worth has stripped the word from its local library. “The word ‘public’ has been removed from the name of the Fort Worth Library. The future of the library. What is a public library for?
First, how we got here: Before Gutenberg, a book cost about as much as a small house. Save Our Libraries day: map your protest via Twitter. On Saturday 5 February, at least 80 events will be taking place across the UK as people protest against library closures.
We would like you to help us build up a picture of the level of protest to save libraries across the UK. Give each protest that is taking place at a library near you a score for the intensity of its efforts (on a scale of 1-5 - see below) and we'll plot the results on this map. All you have to do is tweet your postcode and score with the hashtag #savelibraries eg NW10 3 #savelibraries or CV32 4 #savelibraries. If you don't use Twitter, you can enter the information using the form next to the map.
We'll update the map regularly with your findings. Protests across the UK expected for Save Our Libraries Day. Women reading at Ventnor library on the Isle of Wight, one of those threatened with closure this year.
Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian Author Philip Pullman has described the spontaneous surge of popular support for libraries threatened with closure by local authority cuts – which will see Save Our Libraries Day protests taking place up and down the UK tomorrow, Saturday 5 February – as "one of the first great shots across the bows of the cuts battleship".
Pullman, author of the celebrated Northern Lights trilogy, compared the activism over the threatened library closures to the student protests over tuition fees, saying: "I hope it'll bring to the attention of even the thickest-headed local council member that there is a great deal more passionate feeling about libraries than they bargained for. " Letters: Can philanthropy again come to the help of public libraries? The Libraries Act of 1850 empowered larger local authorities to add a halfpenny to the rate to run a free public library – but not to buy books, or raise the capital to build it. So it was left to philanthropy to fill the gap. It is well known that Andrew Carnegie gave vast wealth to this purpose, as did Henry Tate. Protesters stage overnight sit-in at New Cross library. 6 February 2011Last updated at 15:38 Protesters at New Cross Library decided to occupy the building all night Protesters have staged an all-night sit-in at a library in south-east London against planned closures.
Campaigners against cuts at New Cross Library occupied the building on Saturday night and left at lunchtime on Sunday. One demonstrator said he hoped this would be the start of more protests over library cuts. Groups held "read-ins" and storytelling sessions at dozens of UK libraries on Saturday. New Cross library occupation: inside story « SE13URE. On Saturday afternoon, my (non-public) librarian wife and I decided to call in, on what was to have been our way to #MEATEASY, to New Cross Library, which was one of hundreds of libraries up and down the country today to hold ‘read-ins’ – peaceful, bookish demonstrations of affection for public libraries, by way of protest about mooted cuts to and closures of their services.
I arrived as those present had been lured outside for a photocall by a local journalist or two: After this, everyone returned inside the library to continue the read-in. The man standing up in this photo chaired a bit of a chat about libraries, and from nowhere a man stood behind us suddenly said, “What does anyone think of the idea of occupying the library? When it shuts, we just don’t leave, and stay in here, say until midday tomorrow? University isn't just a business – and the student isn't always right. Lord Browne made the student as consumer the centrepiece of his rationale for change, but higher education is no ordinary marketplace, says Dr Paul Greatrix. Photograph: Murdo Macleod In his independent review of higher education funding, Lord Browne made the student as consumer the centrepiece of his rationale for change.
Unfortunately things aren't quite as straightforward as they first appear. Higher education is not just like any other business and there are real issues with the information available to assist prospective students. However, student behaviour is changing and there is some evidence that they are becoming rather more demanding. Paul Greatrix (registrarism)
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The 'gamification' of news, and how it can be relevant. Wisconsin is making the battle lines clear in America's hidden class war. Dag van de Persvrijheid 2011. Amitav Ghosh on freedom of speech and the position of writers in the world. TEDxObserver - Rick Falkvinge - The Pirate Party - the politics of protest.