What Would You Take to the Streets to Reform, in Education?

6 02 2009

French University Strikes Intensify:

Today’s industrial action is the latest in a long-running campaign of demonstrations among French education professionals. Just last week, thousands of primary and secondary school teachers took to the streets during a national strike to protest against job cuts and wide-ranging school reforms.

Industrial action is expected to continue in higher education, with unlimited strikes carrying on and a national demonstration scheduled in Paris next Tuesday.

Before the current economic crisis, JJ blogged her thinking about university (and automotive) strikes in America. See Hell Is Not Working:

Are these work lessons only Life can teach, or could the schools and culture do more to help the young learn about work as heaven rather than hell?

“If you think something’s supposed to hurt, you’re less likely to notice if you’re doing it wrong.”

And speaking of rage in the streets, colleges and cars, and the social reforms that might make political reforms possible instead of the other way around, my Culture Kitchen blog has this, too:

All in all, it was a transformative moment for me, the quintessential teacher’s pet and media spokesperson, grievance hearing officer and pourer of oil on troubled waters, who had never felt or struck a physical blow in my LIFE.

Personal rage and alienation caused by social injustice was a new feeling for me, and it came literally out of the blue.

Call me Harbinger.
My homestate of Florida often mirrors national trends and anticipates hot buttons. Our legislative season is ending just in time for hurricane season, which will segue into football season. I’m finding it harder and harder to tell the difference.

. . .We can’t go on as a nation this way — maybe that’s the true aim of the most antagonistic, that “we” won’t go on as a nation at all?

. . .”I felt as though I was a hostage,” said Bullard, D-Miami, comparing it to being between fans rooting for opposing teams on opposite sides of a sports stadium.

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