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 AlterNet.org. 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 AlterNet.org.
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
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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 Introducing Edupunk Jim Groom recently coined the term "edupunk" to refer to a scrappy, DIY spirit in some sectors of educational technology. Edupunk, he writes, is opposed to capitalist co-optation of the labor of educators and progressive educational technologists. He highlights "a scary reality that often gets overlooked (or is it intentionally downplayed?) in educational technology," namely that the Utopian, blue sky ideas of technology as a singular harbinger of possibility and liberation ignores the cold and all-consuming role that capital plays in the shaping of technology as means of control. Now I understand that this struggle is by no means unilateral, and that for every instance of technology as a means to consolidate power for capital, there is another instance in which that same technology can be used to undermine the fallacious logic of capital’s vision of progress.[...] He elaborates by using BlackBoard as an example of capitalist predation gone awry: D'Arcy Norman shares his view of edupunk:
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