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Bruce E. Levine: 8 Reasons Young Americans Don’t Fight Back: How the U.S. Crushed Youth Resistance The ruling elite has created social institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance. By **Bruce E. Levine** By arrangement with Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. Young Americans—even more so than older Americans—appear to have acquiesced to the idea that the corporatocracy can completely screw them and that they are helpless to do anything about it. How exactly has American society subdued young Americans? 1. Large debt—and the fear it creates—is a pacifying force. Today in the United States, two-thirds of graduating seniors at four-year colleges have student-loan debt, including over 62 percent of public university graduates. 2. In 1955, Erich Fromm, the then widely respected anti-authoritarian leftist psychoanalyst, wrote, “Today the function of psychiatry, psychology and psychoanalysis threatens to become the tool in the manipulation of man.” 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. This post originally appeared at

DIY, says 'edupunk' star. Distortion and sell-out, say critics Few scholarly cheers for author's 'branded' vision of accessible higher education. Sarah Cunnane writes In 2008, a diverse group of people working in and around higher education decided they were - in the words of the film Network - "mad as hell, and not going to take it any more". The cause: the omnipresence of "cookie-cutter" content management systems for teaching such as Blackboard and the focus on new technology as a force for change, rather than on the potential of the community around that technology. The result: edupunk. On his blog, Groom has described the importance of the work of edupunks, who he says are working in opposition to "the decline of higher ed into a series of feeding lots for the private sector job market". The definition of edupunk is somewhat loose, as preferred by its creator and early adopters. "It's a word that has had a lot of different meanings, but it appeals to people," Kamenetz says. That's not punk, that's ridiculous What about the revolution? Not fade away

Private Student Loans: What Lenders Won’t Tell You | Broke Professionals Private student loans can seem like a great alternative to federal loans. If you need to borrow more than the current annual federal limits, or if you have expenses beyond the cost of attending classes (vehicle repairs or a new computer, for example), private student loans offer a way to cover those costs without paying out of pocket. For college students, who tend to live on a limited budget, a private loan sounds like a responsible way to pay for necessities without resorting to credit cards. In the fall of 2004, I was a college senior in a dire financial situation. Distrustful of big name lenders like Sallie Mae, I chose a relatively unknown lender with great reviews. My Private Student Loan Timeline October 2004: I received my private loan check for $9500, which I promptly used to pay off all our outstanding debt. November 2004: I received a statement saying I owed $120 on the new loan. April 2006: My loan was purchased by a bigger entity who I’ll call Fells Wargo. 1. 2. 3. 4.

How Web-Savvy Edupunks Are Transforming American Higher Education Higher Ed Bubble to burst, Sallie Mae posed to take full advantage of it. Interesting article today, 10 Aug 2009, in the baltimore examiner, about the comming student loan bubble, and how it is about to burst. It's every investor's dream: buy into a theme before any one else has caught on; ride it all the way up until it gets bubbly; sell to the suckers who bought at the top. It's like buying housing names in 2004 (as we did), only to sell and go short in 2007 (as we did). . . or oil prior to the rise to $147 (again, as we did). . . or even dot-coms before the bubble burst. Yep, we've become all too familiar with the term "bubble" in recent years — that unsustainable phenomenon pumped full of irrationality and over-valuation only to burst and trigger monumental downturns. We've seen it happen in Treasuries, financials, commercial real estate, autos, and credit. And now. . . unbeknownst to many, as we deal with banking and housing issues. . .

Reinventing School. You co-design it, We make it possible - Re-imagine, Reinvent, Rethink, Empathy, Education 3.0, Transform, Revolution, Collaboration, Design Thinking Challenge, 21st Century Skills, Project marylandicga | We Are The 99% Edupunk Edupunk is a do it yourself (DIY) attitude to teaching and learning practices.[1][2] Tom Kuntz described edupunk as "an approach to teaching that avoids mainstream tools like PowerPoint and Blackboard, and instead aims to bring the rebellious attitude and D.I.Y. ethos of ’70s bands like The Clash to the classroom."[3] Many instructional applications can be described as DIY education or Edupunk. Jim Groom as "poster boy" for edupunk The term was first used on May 25, 2008 by Jim Groom in his blog,[4] and covered less than a week later in the Chronicle of Higher Education.[1] Stephen Downes, an online education theorist and an editor for the International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, noted that "the concept of Edupunk has totally caught wind, spreading through the blogosphere like wildfire".[5] Aspects of edupunk[edit] The reaction to corporate influence on education is only one part of edupunk, though. Examples of edupunk[edit] See also[edit] Notes[edit]

occupy | MapBox Building the E-University: Transforming Athabasca University At Athabasca University Dietmar Kennepohl is Associate Vice President Academic and Professor of Chemistry, Cindy Ives is Director of the Centre for Learning Design and Development, Brian Stewart is Vice President Information Technology and CIO, and Rory McGreal is Professor, Centre for Distance Education and UNESCO/COL Chair in Open Educational Resources. Key Takeaways Reinventing itself as an online university required that Athabasca University go beyond technological integration to make sweeping changes to its culture, skill sets, and processes. Aided by two externally funded programs, the university launched complex, large-scale initiatives on a tight two-year time frame that demanded effective leadership and project management skills and led to key lessons learned. Athabasca University (AU) is reinventing itself as a 21st century e-university. Background: Preparing for Change As an open and distance learning university, AU has no prerequisites for most entry-level courses. EduSource

So what the fuck has occupy done so far? Center4Edupunx