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Education Crisis


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Volume 11 Number 3  2013  ISSN 1478-2103


EDUCATORS’ WORK: between community service, professional improvement and personal development
Guest Editor: GUY TCHIBOZO


Guy Tchibozo. Editorial. Educators’ Work: between community service, professional improvement and personal development [OPEN ACCESS]

Jean-François Marcel. Critical Approach to the Contribution Made by Education Research to the Social Construction of the Value of Teaching Work

Sissel-Tove Olsen. Support to Teachers in a Context of Educational Change and Poverty: a case study from South Africa

Lisa Shoaf, Ted Zigler & Robert Beebe. Building Cohesive Leadership Development

Christian Bégin & Laetitia Gérard. The Role of Supervisors in Light of the Experience of Doctoral Students

Sacha Kiffer & Guy Tchibozo. Developing the Teaching Competences of Novice Faculty Members: a review of international literature

Limin Jao. Peer Coaching as a Model for Professional Development in the Elementary Mathematics Context: challenges, needs and rewards



Periklis Pavlidis. The Ideal of Education and the Emancipation of Labour


Michael Surbaugh, Sarah Desroches & Clarence W. Joldersma. Consuming Schools: commercialism and the end of politics. With a Response by Trevor Norris


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Glenn Rikowski and Ruth Rikowski have a number of articles in Policy Futures in Education. These include:

Rikowski, Ruth (2003) Value – the Life Blood of Capitalism: knowledge is the current key, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.1 No.1, pp.160-178

Rikowski, Glenn (2004) Marx and the Education of the Future, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.2 Nos. 3 & 4, pp.565-577, online at:

Rikowski, Ruth (2006) A Marxist Analysis of the World Trade Organisation’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.4 No.4:

Rikowski, Ruth (2008) Review Essay: ‘On Marx: An introduction to the revolutionary intellect of Karl Marx’, by Paula Allman, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.6 No.5, pp.653-661:




Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: (new remix, and new video, 2012)

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski:


Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas:

MySpace Profile:

Rikowski Point:


Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at:

Online Publications at:






A message from the Workers Health & Safety Centre: More than twenty years ago, the Canadian Labour Congress declared April 28 a National Day of Mourning for workers who have been killed, suffer disease or injury as a result of work. Every year since, unions, labour councils, families and community partners gather by the thousands to ‘mourn for the dead’. What began through the efforts of Canada’s labour movement is now observed in more than 100 countries.

The Day of Mourning though, is also intended to focus attention on what we can do to break the silence of indifference and say enough to the suffering caused by hazardous working conditions. On April 28 let’s resolve to action that restores and promotes dignity and health in our workplaces and our communities.

For more information, including venues:



Monday April 29 from 6pm to 9pm
Tuesday April 30 from 9am to 5pm
Oakham House – Student Campus Centre
Ryerson University, 55-63 Gould St, Toronto (Room SCC 115)

Join us on Monday April 29 from 6pm to 9pm for a welcome to the conference, guest speakers, poetry performances and reception. Then on Tuesday April 30, join us for the all day learning and strategy forum with guest speakers, roundtable discussions and issue focused strategy sessions. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Roundtables will include:
– Intersectionality of oppression
– Political participation and representation

Issue focused strategy sessions will include the following topics:
– Employment equity
– Income security
– Colours of politics
– Criminal justice and policing
– Immigration policy and the changing face of Canada
– Fiscal policy & economic literacy
– Education – access and opportunities

Everyone welcome !  Free – but hurry – to register click here:



Monday, April 15
6:30pm – 8:30pm
No One Writes to the Colonel
460 College Street, Toronto

“This is a welcome critique of conventional economic wisdom. If you thought tax cuts would solve all of your problems, read The Great Revenue Robbery and think again.”
-Thomas Walkom, political columnist, Toronto Star

Join authors and organizers for the launch of The Great Revenue Robbery: How to Stop the Tax Cut Scam and Save Canada

Edited by Richard Swift for the Canadians for Tax Fairness

Online media sponsor:



Sunday, April 28
4:30pm – 8:00pm
Steelworkers Hall
25 Cecil Street, Toronto, ON

Build a Common Front Against Austerity and War!

Speakers, Live Music, Poetry & Dance, Food & Refreshments

Organized by the United May Day Committee

Free Admission

Doors Open at 4:30 p.m.



By Lorraine Endicott, Editor, Our Times

An artist and poet born in North Burnaby, B.C., Lena Wilson Endicott (or “LWE,” as she often liked to sign her paintings) cared deeply for the world and social justice, and loved Our Times, reading every issue from cover to cover.

Our Times is sponsoring a Canadian poetry contest in her name. Send us your poems about work, working people and social justice. (Maximum five.) They need to not have been published before, and be a maximum of 40 lines each.

We are excited to announce the judges for the contest. They are Marilyn Dumont, poet; Valerie Endicott, family member (and member of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario); and Adriane Paavo, labour educator (Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union, and member of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada). The contest coordinator is Maureen Hynes, poet, and Our Times’ poetry editor.

Make sure there is no identifying information on the poetry pages themselves, to ensure impartial judging. Put your name, address, email address and union affiliation, if any, in the body of your email or in your cover letter.

Email your submission to Our Times’ poetry editor at, or mail it to: Our Times, Poetry Editor, Suite 407 15 Gervais Drive, Toronto Ontario M3C 1Y8.

The deadline for submitting is June 30, 2013. The first-prize winner will receive $400 and the first two runners-up will receive $100 each.

The winner and runners-up will have their poems published in Our Times, and will receive two-year subscriptions to the magazine. Winners will be announced in our Fall 2013 issue.



Tuesday, April 16
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility
Munk School of Global Affairs – 1 Devonshire Place
University of Toronto

Higher education is under attack. Internationalization, politics, and worldwide economic trends are forcing universities and colleges to ask themselves tough questions. Criticisms are commonplace in the media, while new communications technologies threaten traditional institutions. So what lies ahead?

Let’s talk about it.

Join Worldviews 2013 for a special pre-conference debating the interplay between higher education, media, and society. This free event will feature a short keynote presentation, panel debate, and reception.

We will explore the increasing emphasis being placed around the world on:
– Shifting the cost of education to students
– Getting students in and out of higher education in shorter time periods
– The increasing focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics related subjects, and criticism of the liberal arts
– The exclusive focus on higher education as a means for job training
– Expanding online learning as either a complement or alternative to on-campus learning

Why are these ideas being proposed by so many and whose interests do they serve? Is this pragmatic agenda a “war on knowledge” or a “war” on specific types of knowledge and specific types of education? Some media coverage has asked constructive questions, but much of the discussion has been superficial. So where do we go from here?

Registration is required (and free!), so save the date and register here!



Saturday May 11
8 pm
Trinity St. Paul Church, 427 Bloor Street West
Tickets: $15 PWYC (see below)

Co-sponsored by Toronto Musicians Association

Please join Mayworks Festival at Class Act, a tribute concert in honour of Arlene Mantle’s (1932-2012) lifelong contribution to the labour movement and tireless fight for social justice.

Featured performers include writer, teacher and Canada’s first Lady of Dub, Lillian Allen; multi-award winning, singer/songwriter, self-taught musician, and prisoner rights activist Faith Nolan; Toronto-based composer and singer, former front man of The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir and The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, David Wall; Juno nominated songwriter, producer and musician Dinah Thorpe; singer/song writer and community activist Amai Kuda; and Chilean band, Grupo Taller (meaning ‘workshop group’); and singer, songwriter, mother and activist Lynn Mantle,who learned her chops singing back up behind mom, Arlene Mantle.

These stellar performers will be backed up by the Kevin Barrett Group, making its mark on the Toronto music scene for more than a decade, led by musical director, producer and teacher Kevin Barrett. This evening of song and celebration will be hosted by long-time social justice activist and community organizer, Angela Robertson.

How to purchase your tickets:
Seats to the concert are limited. Mayworks encourages everyone to purchase advanced tickets to guarantee a seat.

Tickets may be purchased via the Mayworks Paypal account online:  (please indicate “Class Act Concert” when you make your donation). If you are unable to make an online donation but would still like to purchase advanced tickets, please send an email to with the subject line “Class Act Concert”.

Want more information?
Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that celebrates working class culture. For more information on other events at the 2013 Festival, please visit



By Jason Kunin, The Bullet

Teachers in Ontario may not know it, but their actions in this coming week will have huge ramifications for unionized workers across Ontario and across the country. We stand poised either to hold the line against the austerity agenda and mounting attacks on workers, or pave the way for escalating attacks on the labour movement.

After a year that has seen the provincial Liberal government strip education workers of their collective bargaining rights and legislate strips to our wages and benefits that took decades of struggle to win, public secondary teachers in Ontario will be voting this week on whether to accept a peace deal that offers some minor improvements over the “contract” imposed four months ago by Bill 115 but which leaves most of the major strips intact.

Read more:



By Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

After four austerity budgets and lots of hide and seek, there are finally some answers about what services federal departments are going to cut. CCPA’s Senior Economist David Macdonald has examined over 180 departmental Reports on Plans and Priorities in order to estimate employment cuts down to the program level and determine where federal spending cuts hit the hardest.

He finds that cuts have disproportionately focused on service delivery, and that the total number of federal public service jobs cut over the entire austerity period (March 2012 to March 2016) will be 28,700—with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada experiencing the largest loss of positions. By 2016, the total number of people working for the federal government will have fallen by 8%, almost double the 4.8% figure reported in Budget 2012.

Read the full analysis, The Fog Finally Clears: The job and services impact of federal austerity:



By Sheila Cohen, Labor Notes

“Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, out, out, out!” was the slogan chanted at so many demonstrations.

Londoners will be gathering again in Trafalgar Square this Saturday to celebrate the death of “Maggie Thatcher, Milk Snatcher.” Now that she’s well and truly “out,” how do we define what she left behind?

Read more:



By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes

On the 879th day of their strike, Mexican tire workers sought help in Germany, where the multinational that wanted to close their plant was based. After a determined 1,141-day campaign, the company sold them the plant, which they now run as a cooperative.

The hurdles to buying a plant, even a failing plant, are huge, and once in business, the new worker-owners face all the pressures that helped the company go bankrupt in the first place. Most worker-owned co-ops are small, such as a taxi collective in Madison or a bakery in San Francisco.

But in Mexico a giant-sized worker cooperative has been building tires since 2005. The factory competes on the world market, employs 1,050 co-owners, and pays the best wages and pensions of any Mexican tire plant.

Read more:



By Chris Ramsaroop and Syed Hussan,

Once again the temporary foreign worker program has erupted in controversy where it is being used to pit workers against each other.

News reports point out that the Royal Bank of Canada has decided to move its information technology department abroad. To do so, it has brought in temporary workers from India that will learn the ropes from their Canadian counterparts. Following this training, the Canadian workers will be laid off, and the Indian workers will transition the IT department to India and return there.

Read more:



COPE Local 343’s fuel handlers at Porter FBO have been on strike since January 10, 2013 for a first contract. They organized for safer working conditions and a living wage. Porter has not budged on its position of a 25-cent increase for half the workers and nothing for the remainder.

What many of you may not know is that OMERS, the pension plan for Ontario school board and municipal workers, is the single largest outside investor in Porter, which pays its fuel handlers on average $13 an hour.

Read more:



Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit

For more information about CSEW, visit:




Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski:


Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas:

Rikowski Point:


Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at:

Online Publications at:


Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory



Canada International Conference on Education

June 24-26, 2013
University of Toronto, Hart House, Toronto, Canada

The CICE is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. The CICE promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals from Education.

The aim of CICE is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research esteem and the evolution of pedagogy. The CICE 2013 invites research papers that encompass conceptual analysis, design implementation and performance evaluation. All the accepted papers
will appear in the proceedings and modified version of selected papers will be published in special issues peer reviewed journals.

The topics in CICE-2013 include but are not confined to the following areas:

*Art Education
– Music Education
– Writing Education
– Imaginative Education
– Language Education
– History

*Adult Education
– Competitive Skills
– Continuing Education
– Higher Education
– Vocational Education
– Transferring Disciplines

*Business Education
– Educational Administration
– Human Resource Development
– Academic Advising and Counselling
– Education Policy and Leadership
– Industrial Cooperation
– Life-long Learning Experiences
– Workplace Learning and Collaborative Learning
– Work Employability
– Educational Institution Government Partnership
– Patent Registration and Technology Transfer
– University Spin-Off Companies

*Course Management
– Accreditation and Quality Assurance
– Academic Experiences and Best Practice Contributions
– Copy-right
– Digital Libraries and Repositories
– Digital Rights Management
– Evaluation and Assessment
– E-content Management and Development
– Open Content
– e-Portfolios
– Grading Methods
– Knowledge Management
– Quality processes at National and International level
– Security and Data Protection
– Student Selection Criteria in Interdisciplinary Studies
– User-Generated Content

*Curriculum, Research and Development
– Acoustics in Education Environment
– APD/Listening
– Counsellor Education
– Courses, Tutorials and Labs
– Curriculum Design

*Educational Foundations
– Early Childhood Education
– Elementary Education
– Geographical Education
– Health Education
– Home Education
– Rural Education
– Science Education
– Secondary Education
– Second life Educators
– Social Studies Education
– Special Education

*Learning / Teaching Methodologies and Assessment
– Simulated Communities and Online Mentoring
– e-Testing and new Test Theories
– Supervising and Managing Student Projects
– Pedagogy Enhancement with e-Learning
– Educating the Educators
– Immersive Learning
– Blended Learning
– Computer-Aided Assessment
– Metrics and Performance Measurement
– Assessment Software Tools
– Assessment Methods in Blended Learning Environments

*Global Issues In Education and Research
– Education, Research and Globalization
– Barriers to Learning (ethnicity, age, psychosocial factors, …)
– Women and Minorities in Science and Technology
– Indigenous and Diversity Issues
– Government Policy issues
– Organizational, Legal and Financial Aspects
– Digital Divide
– Increasing Affordability and Access to the Internet
– Ethical issues in Education
– Intellectual Property Rights and Plagiarism

– Teacher Education
– Cross-disciplinary areas of Education
– Educational Psychology
– Education practice trends and issues
– Indigenous Education
– Kinesiology and Leisure Science
– K12
– Life-long Learning Education
– Mathematics Education
– Physical Education (PE)
– Reading Education
– Religion and Education Studies

*Research Management
– Research Methodologies
– Academic Research Projects
– Joint-research programmes
– Research on Technology in Education
– Research Centres
– Links between Education and Research
– New Challenges in Education
– ECTS experiences
– The Bologna Process and its implementation
– Joint-Degree Programmes
– Erasmus and Exchange experiences in universities
– Students and Teaching staff Exchange programmes

*Ubiquitous Learning
– Accessibility to Disabled Users
– Animation, 3D, and Web 3D Applications
– Context Dependent Learning
– Distance Education
– E-Learning
– E-Manufacturing
– Educational Technology
– Educational Games and Software
– Human Computer Interaction
– ICT Education
– Internet technologies
– Learning Management Systems (LMS)
– Mobile Applications and Learning (M-learning)
– Multi-Virtual Environment
– Standards and Interoperability
– Technology Enhanced Learning
– Technology Support for Pervasive Learning

*Ubiquitous Computing
– Videos for Learning and Educational Multimedia
– Virtual and Augmented Reality
– Virtual Learning Environments (VLE)
– Web 2.0, Social Networking, Blogs and Wikis
– Wireless Applications

*Research In Progress

Important dates:

Research Paper, Extended Abstract, Case Study, Work in Progress and Report Submission Deadline: Extended March 10, 2013
Notification of Paper, Extended Abstract, Case Study, Work in Progress and Report Acceptance Date:  Extended March 30, 2013
Final Paper Submission Deadline for Conference Proceedings Publication: Extended April 15, 2013
Workshop Proposal Submission Deadline: March 01, 2013
Notification of Workshop Proposal Acceptance/Rejection: March 10, 2013
Poster/Demo Proposal Submission: March 01, 2013
Notification of Poster/Demo Acceptance: March 10, 2013
Participant(s) Registration (Open): December 1, 2012 to June 23, 2013
Early Bird Registration (Authors and Participants): January 30, 2013 to April 06, 2013
Late Bird Registration (Authors only): April 07 to May 18, 2013
Conference Dates: June 24-26, 2013

For further information please visit CICE-2013 at


‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon:

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski:

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas:

MySpace Profile:

Rikowski Point:


Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at:

Glenn Rikowski’s MySpace Blog:

Online Publications at:

Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

Heathwood Press:





During 2013 and 2014 the journal Research in Comparative and International Education ( commissioned thematic issues on, among other themes, Community Colleges and Post-secondary Institutions Worldwide, International Large-scale Assessment and Cross-national Comparison, Citizenship, and Career Transitions.

Those issues are full, and so no further contributions can be accepted. However, authors are encouraged to submit papers on these and other themes for one of the journal’s general issues. At present the next available issue for successfully reviewed papers is that scheduled for publication in December 2013.

Papers for consideration should be sent to the Editor, Professor David Phillips:



‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski:

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas:


Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at:


Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:


Heathwood Press: 


Rouge Forum

Rouge Forum


Dear Friends

The Dispatch is updated here

The Dispatch goes on hiatus until the new year.

Please remember the Rouge Forum Conference 2013.

Winning the Class Struggle Against Corporate Education Reform

Call for Proposals:
May 16-19, 2012
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan

Rouge Forum 2013 Call for Proposals

The core issue of our time is the clash of the real promise for perpetual war and booming inequality met by the potential of connecting reason to power with organized mass class conscious resistance in schools, on the job, in communities, and in the military … and what you do counts!

The Rouge Forum brings together academic presentations and panel discussions, performances, community building, and cultural events. This conference will center on such questions as:

* Overall, what do we need to know and what do we need to do to win against corporate education reform in our classrooms?

* In what ways are our classrooms, schools, universities, unions, etc. occupied by capitalism, the military, racism, inequality?

* And what do these occupations demand from us pedagogically? What are the obstacles that must be overcome to achieve democratic education?

* What can we learn from Wisconsin 2011, the Occupy Movement, and the Chicago Teacher’s Strike to make us smarter and stronger in our struggle against corporate education reform?

* How do we educate to liberate ourselves from the impact of empire? How do we push back against the imperializing of our classrooms and communities?

* How do we occupy our classrooms, schools universities, and unions and communities in an effort to create education that is in the public interests?

Calling on artists … Pop up radical art gallery would be for artists to submit 2-3 D pieces that they can bring with them to the conference to display as part of an opening or Friday / Saturday night reception activity.

Good luck to our side,
Rich Gibson



‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski:

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas:


Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at:

Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

Heathwood Press: 



Date: Saturday 1st December 2012

Venue: Reay School, Hackford Road,

Lambeth, London SW9 0EN (near Oval Tube)

Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm. Lunch provided


Steve Reed, Leader of Lambeth Council

Sue Palmer, ECA (Early Childhood Action) and author of Toxic Childhood and 21st Century Boys

Katie Mitchell OBE, Associate Director of National Theatre

John Coe, National Association of Primary Education (NAPE)

Judy Ellerby, NUT principal officer for Primary Schools

Jess Edwards, Primary School music teacher

More speakers to be confirmedMalevolent Pixie

Key debates and workshops to include:

How do we solve the shortage of school places in London schools? London’s children need 90,000 additional primary school places by 2015/16.

Will the new Primary curriculum take us back to the 1950s? The Coalition government is proposing wide ranging reform to the curriculum including phonics testing and other rote learning approaches.

How do we get a more creative curriculum? Teachers and parents know that what really inspires our children is a creative curriculum that builds their cultural and emotional level.

How will cuts in breakfast clubs and other support services affect our children? Cuts in essential services such as EMA grants and cuts to benefits see our most vulnerable children suffer.

Will the ‘free market’ in education deliver higher standards? The Coalition government claims academies and free schools are the answer to raising standards and tackling social inequality.

Do we still need a ‘middle tier’? The role of Local Authorities in education is also under intense pressure. Austerity cuts and the emergence of private providers are changing the nature of local democratic accountability.

Organised by Lambeth Teachers’ Association in association with others

Please email to register for a place or for more information

Online Registration:

Conference website, including downloadable flyer:


‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon:

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski:

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas:

MySpace Profile:

Rikowski Point:


Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at:

Glenn Rikowski’s MySpace Blog:

Online Publications at:

Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

Heathwood Press:

The Individuality Pr♥test:

I Love Transcontinental:

Alternative & Sustainable Universities


UK Free University Network (FUN)

Sustaining Alternative Universities

Collaborative Research Conference

1–2 December 2012

Oxford, UK


They will admit that little is to be expected from present-day governments, since these live and act according to a murderous code. Hope remains only in the most difficult task of all: to reconsider everything from the ground up, so as to shape a living society inside a dying society. [People] must therefore, as individuals, draw up among themselves, within frontiers and across them, a new social contract which will unite them according to more reasonable principles.’ (Albert Camus, ‘Neither victim nor executioner’, 1946)

Following on from the inaugural meeting of the UK Free University Network held in early 2012, we are calling out to representatives of all free universities and to all those who wish to participate in a conference with a more focused objective.

In recent years, we have witnessed the accelerated neoliberal capitalist colonisation of the university. In the UK (and far beyond) many students are now priced out of higher education and the academic finds him/herself subservient to the logic and interests of capital. In response to this intolerable reality, many groups of scholars, students, and others have come together independently to create alternative, ‘free’ universities.

The ‘Sustaining Alternative Universities’ conference, as a space for coordinating research and sharing knowledge and experience, seeks to support these projects in taking further decisive steps towards the creation of a national movement of individuals and organisations dedicated to the construction and development of alternative democratic, critical, and ultimately sustainable higher education communities.


Sustainability: history, dialogue, and practice

The successes of this movement hinge on its sustainability. ‘How can we build, develop, and maintain truly sustainable educational communities outside the existing institutional frameworks?’ is the question upon which our collective investigations and discussions should be founded. Therefore, our collective task is to conceptualise, research, imagine, and, ultimately, cultivate a sustainable movement based on a network of locally-based, sustainable, free universities. We believe that this conference can help us to successfully undertake this task through a three-step process.

Step one: history. An intrinsic element of building sustainability today must surely be to learn from the history of previous projects of popular, democratic and radical education here in the UK, and beyond. Therefore, we invite representatives of each free university to conduct and present research into the history of these traditions in their specific locality, drawing on their own particular influences. Researchers should keep in mind the practical purpose driving this research and consider issues such as: Who participated in these efforts? How were they structured, organised, and sustained? What was the significance of their historical and spatial context? What lessons can be derived from these efforts for our own endeavours today?

We hope that this shared research effort will allow us to both map out a history of popular / democratic / radical higher education in the UK, and to identify ways these can inform our own current projects. Ultimately, this collaborative research endeavour could also help us trace the roots of our network.

Step two: dialogue. The next step is to engage in dialogue with one another, and with our histories. We need to both imagine our ideals and talk freely and openly about the challenges and obstacles that impede our ambitions and objectives today. We need to name the material, social and subjective conditions that constrain the actualisation of our imagination and hopes. At the conference, we aim to draw on our collective experiences in democratic education to create a supportive, democratic space in which participants feel able to share their thoughts, feelings, and ideas in these areas.

Step three: practice. Finally, we need to take the lessons and ideas derived from our historical research and dialogue and put them into practice. The conference will culminate in a session in which we all make plans for practical action to take things forward on a local and national level.


Affinities and collaborations

We invite collaboration and co-operation with all. Beyond the Free University Network itself, we particularly welcome collaboration from members of the following groups:

Academic members of the ‘For a Public University’ working group and Campaign for the Public University. We at FUN have not forsaken the mainstream university, and many of our members are not only academics or students, but also active in defending the public university. We recognise the rich traditions of critical pedagogy within the university and the enduring possibilities of its democratic promise. We welcome contributions from all academics.

Members of the Co-operative Movement. Clearly, the co-operative model of organisation offers much for free universities today to draw on, and at least one in the UK is explicitly organised upon co-operative principles. We welcome members of the Co-operative Movement who might contribute to our historical and contemporary understanding of co-operative education, and/or who would like to build bridges between these two movements.

University workers who are not academics. All too often, non-academic staff working in universities are marginalised within or excluded from these discussions. Their contributions, knowledges, experiences and possibilities are overlooked. We seek to redress this situation and invite all those making invaluable contributions to higher education in ways that are not specifically ‘academic’ to participate in this conference.

Students and all those desiring to learn. Critical pedagogy aspires to break down hierarchical boundaries between students and teachers, and to expand the right of learning to everyone whether they occupy the role of ‘student’ or not. In the democratic universities we envisage, students shape their own learning experiences. We welcome contributions from students, past, present, and future.

All others who share our principles, and who are active in creating alternative institutions in other areas of social life, particularly in education. There is much we can learn from each other.


An open, democratic, egalitarian, anti-elitist intellectuality

This is a critical pedagogical and political project. This conference is not intended to be a typical academic conference based exclusively on theoretically dense papers and presentations. There is validity, truth, importance, and profound insight in many other methods and ways of expressing knowledge, and we open our conference and minds to these. We believe that narrative – telling stories – is a particularly important means for reaching the personal and social heart of the obstacles and challenges that confront us in our ambitions to create democratic and sustainable learning communities.


Where and when

In the spirit of the Occupy movement, we have decided to host this conference on higher education in Oxford for obvious historical reasons.

We propose that the conference will be held on the weekend of 1–2 December 2012.

We recognise the high cost of transport and accommodation and ask those in a position to do so to offer contributions to help unwaged participants to attend. A system will be created to make this transparent and possible.


Impact and output

Only joking!

We want this conference to be the turning point at which we really begin to cultivate a sustainable and flourishing free university movement. We hope you can join us for this conference.

If you are interested in participating in the conference and/or in its planning of and preparation, please contact either Sarah Amsler ( or Joel Lazarus ( 

We aim to have a coordinating committee established by 13 August.



The location of the conference venue will depend on final numbers. However, what is certain is that this conference’s organisation will be guided by fully inclusive principles. This means a family friendly venue with park/playground nearby and a safe indoor space for children of all ages to play. Childcare duties will not preclude participation at this conference. Equally, we will ensure that the venue is fully accessible and that all dietary requirements are catered for. Please contact us if you have any concerns, ideas, or requests.




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Critical Education Against Global Capitalism – Paula Allman


Second Annual West Chester Critical Theories Conference

Call for Papers

Due to the success of last years’ inaugural event, we are very excited about the upcoming Critical Theories in the Twenty-First Century conference at West Chester University. Due to the deepening crisis of global capital and the anti-capitalist movement in embryo (since last November), this year we added a special theme: Critical Education Against Capitalism. As many reactions to the ravages of capital are reformist in nature, failing to identify and target the true causes (i.e. private property as a complex historical process) of exploitation, injustices, war, educational expansion as well as educational budget cuts, ideological indoctrination, and so on, especially in critical pedagogy, this discussion targeting the root capitalist cause of life at the present moment is particularly relevant and needed.

Consequently, whereas last year “the call for proposals” was “general enough to be inclusive of many critical approaches to transformative or revolutionary pedagogies and theory,” this year we ask the critical pedagogy community to present their works in a way that demonstrates how it contributes to achieving a post-capitalist society. As such, we can suggest a few relevant themes for proposals: Marxist educational theory, Anarchist pedagogies, austerity/educational budget cuts, ignoring poverty, racialization and hegemony, (anti)settler-colonialism/imperialism, indigenous critical theory/autonomous governance, anti-capitalist eco-pedagogy, atheism and education, queer theory against capital, etc.

While this conference will include important presentations and debates between key figures in critical pedagogy, it will not be limited to this focus. In other words, as critical theory becomes more inclusive, global, and all encompassing, this conference welcomes more than just academics as important contributors. That is, we recognize students and youth groups as possessing authentic voices based on their unique relationship to capitalism and will therefore be open to them as presenters and discussion leaders (as was done in 2011). While this inclusivity is obviously designed to challenge traditional distributions of social power in capitalist societies, it will not be done romantically where participants’ internalized hegemonies are not challenged. Put another way, while students will be included as having something valuable to contribute, they will both be subjected to the same scrutiny as established academics, as well as invited to share their own critiques. All participants will therefore be included in the discussions of why and how to achieve a post-capitalist society.


November 16th and 17th


Friday evening and all day Saturday


West Chester University, West Chester, PA


To contribute to the wide and deep network of critical educators throughout the world; working with students and workers building a vast coalition of critical thinkers who know that a meaningful life after capitalism is possible.


While we are securing small in-house grants at WCU to help cover the cost of meals and keynote speakers, we will ask for conference fees using the following sliding scale:

$20: students

$100: professors and teachers

Our goal is to set up a scholarship fund for out of town graduate students unable to travel due to financial restraints. This fund might not begin to produce opportunities for a year or two, but we want to start it right away. While this goal was established last year, we have yet to establish any funding here.


Non-traditional proposals

Traditional paper presentations where 500+ word proposal summaries of papers are submitted

Submissions are due October 19th, 2012.

Please submit proposals to:

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By Mark Naison
With a Brooklyn Accent via Alternet

March 23, 2012 – This is a strange time to be involved in education. Either those shaping education policy on the state and federal level — many of whom have never been teachers — are incapable of imagining the consequences of their policies in actual classrooms, or they are cynically trying to destroy public education in the United States.

No better example of this is the now widely practiced policy of rating teachers based on student test scores, and using variations in those scores, through the “value added” formula, as the basis for determining teachers professional standing. All throughout the nation teachers are being told that if they don’t raise student test scores, they could lose their tenure, lose their jobs, and in some places be publicly humiliated as an “incompetent teachers.” If they work in a high poverty school, their school could be closed and their entire teaching staff fired.

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Imagine a world where thousands of films are made about workers and the conditions under which they live, work, fight, and succeed in their daily lives!

2009 marked the first-ever Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF). This also marked the first ever labour-oriented film festival in Canada.

See the 2011 CLiFF Toronto schedule here:

Just added!
Labour and the Occupy Movement
What is the connection between Labour and the Occupy Movement? Come and join a discussion at CLiFF Toronto with Jesse McLaren – doctor, socialist, and activist, who has been an active participant among the organizers at Occupy Toronto.

Saturday, November 26, 7:00 PM
Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto
5 minutes south of St. George subway
(wheelchair accessible)



For 15 years York University’s Urban Diversity teacher education program has been training teachers with an equity, diversity and social justice focus. The founder of the program, Dr. Patrick Solomon, died in October, 2008. Before his death he saw the need for a study of the impact of the program on its graduates.  He carried out this study with a group of associates and the result is this book.

Book:  Brave New Teachers: Doing Social Justice Work in Neo-liberal Times
Authors:  Patrick Solomon, Jordan Singer, Arlene Campbell, and Andrew Allen
Publisher:  Canadian Scholars’ Press

When: December 1    5:30 – 8:00
Where: OISE Library
Panel: Jordan Singer, Andrew Allen, Sharron Rosen, Karen Murray
Moderator: John Portelli
Light refreshments

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Our Times, Canada’s independent, bi-monthly labour magazine, is 30 years old this year, and we’re throwing a party to celebrate three decades of stories about workers’ rights and social justice. Please join us on December 3 at the Steelworkers Hall ( 25 Cecil Street ) in Toronto. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The celebration will include a light buffet, cash bar, silent auction, and a whole lot of dancing.

Our guest speaker is NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan.

Rabia Syed’s talented children “HHSB” will do a number about Our Times early in the evening. Don’t miss them! And Jojo Geronimo and company will present a brief but creative verdict from the recent People vs. Harper People’s Court.

To wrap things up before we dance the night away, members from Toronto’s beloved Common Thread Community Chorus will sing songs with us to raise the rafters, including “Carry It On” in honour of Jack Layton’s wish that we all retain our love, hope and optimism in the struggles ahead for justice and dignity for all.

ACTRA member Bryn McAuley (on the cover of the current issue of Our Times) will be MCing the event, along with Our Times advisory board member Jorge Garcia-Orgales. It’s going to be a blast!

Tickets $50. Available in advance. (For students, low-waged and unwaged there is a $20 or pay-what-you-can option.)

You can get your party invitation online at

For more information or to buy tickets send an email to or call 416.703.7661. Toll-free: 1.800.648.6131.

Hope to see you there!




The fall 2011 issue of Our Schools/Our Selves asks: “If schools are truly to be instruments of social change, how we can ensure that the change we build together is inclusive, empathetic, just and empowering; that it serves students, educators and communities; that it broadens horizons rather than narrowing them; and finally, that its “strings” connect and engage rather than bind and limit?”

“The violin is a powerful image — strings and bridges evoke the act of making connections between students and their classrooms, and between schools and wider communities — and is a useful starting point into an exploration of what we must help schools do in order to build progress in a range of areas: gender equity; creating sustainable communities; media education and analysis; a school system that values experience, and cultural and social relevancy over standardization and evaluation; social justice, and accountable public institutions.”

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CCPA’s national blog, Behind the Numbers, delivers timely, progressive commentary on issues that affect Canadians, including the economy, poverty, inequality, climate change, budgets, taxes, public services, employment and much more. Go behind the numbers with these latest posts:

– Naomi Klein on Capitalism vs. the Climate, by Erika Shaker
– A Progressive Alternative to the Harper Agenda, by Andrew Jackson
– Challenging Capitalism: a 12-step program, by Marc Lee
– The Mowat Centre and Employment Insurance, by Andrew Jackson
– An Inconvenient Occupation, by Christopher Majka
– Who Occupies the Skies? by Marc Lee

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Maytree Opinion, November 2011
By Alan Broadbent

The Occupy movement may be the harbinger of more serious discontent, writes Alan Broadbent in this month’s Maytree Opinion. The gap between society’s richest and poorest has indeed been growing. And in the developed world the middle class is all but disappearing. This inequality breeds instability which can have unpredictable outcomes. But we can find solutions in the work of think tanks such as Caledon, Mowat and others.

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Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

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End the Damage


The Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies
Special Issue: Spring 2012
An International Examination of Teacher Education: Exposing and Resisting the Neoliberal Agenda
Chief Editor: Professor Dave Hill, Chief/Managing Editor and Founding Editor, Professor Dave Hill, Professor Peter L. McLaren Editor, North America, Professor Pablo Gentili Editor, Latin America

Guest Editors: Dr. Brad Porfilio, Lewis University & Dr. Julie Gorlewski, SUNY at New Paltz

In recent decades, the transnational capitalist class has wielded power and influence to gain control over elements of social life that were once considered vital domains to fostering the social welfare of global citizens. Affected public domains include natural resources, health care, prisons, transportation, post-catastrophe restoration, and education. The chief linchpin in the elite’s corporatization over social affairs is its effective propaganda campaign to inculcate the global community to believe that neoliberal capitalism ameliorates rather than devastates humanity. According to political pundits, free-market academics, and corporate leaders, economic prosperity and improvements in the social world emanate from “unregulated or free markets, the withering away of the state as government’s role in regulating businesses and funding social services are either eliminated or privatized, and encouraging individuals to become self-interested entrepreneurs” (Hursh, 2011).

Since neoliberalism is a term rarely uttered is most dominant (mainstream) media outlets, most citizens are not cognizant of how it is linked to many deleterious economic and social developments at today’s historical juncture, such as massive unemployment, the swelling of home foreclosures, homelessness, militarism, school closings, maldistribution of wealth, and environmental degradation (Hill, 2008; Hursh, 2011; McLaren, 2007; Ross & Gibson, 2007; Scipes, 2009). Equally important, many global citizens fail to recognize how the transnational elite have spawned a McCarthy-like witch hunt to eliminate academics, policies, and programs that have the potential to engage citizens in a critical examination of what is responsible for today’s increasingly stark social world – as well as what steps are necessary to radically transform it.

In this special issue of The Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies, we call on progressive scholars from across the globe to provide empirical research, conceptual analysis, and theoretical insights in relation to how corporate policies, practices, and imperatives are structuring life in schools of education.

Since the impact of neoliberal capitalism on programs, policies, relationships, and pedagogies in schools of education is not uniform, as local histories and politics structure how macro-forces come to impact people in local contexts (Gruenwell 2003), the issue will be integral in understanding and confronting the social actors and constitute forces gutting the humanizing nature of education. Additionally, we call on critical scholars and pedagogues who have found emancipatory fissures amid corporatized schools of education to share policies, pedagogies, and cultural work that have the potency promote critical forms of education, democratic relationships, and peace, equity and social justice across the globe.

Manuscripts are due by December 1, 2011 and should be submitted as email attachments to and

Papers submitted for publication should be between 5,000 and 8000 words long. While we would hope that papers would be submitted in accordance with the Harvard Referencing Style, we do accept those written in any commonly accepted academic style, as long as the style is consistent throughout the paper.

Please direct all inquires about this special issue to the guest editors at and


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IPDA 2011 International Conference

Aston Conference Centre, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

Learning: a Public Good or a Private Commodity?

November 25th – 26th 2011

Welcome to the professional development conference of the year. We are in Birmingham UK again for two days of stimulating debate, high quality research reports, critical discussion and to share ideas, issues and concerns with colleagues from many countries.

Our conference title reflects widespread international interest in discussing the values and purposes of individuals and organisations involved in professional formation and learning at a time of shifting ideologies and value change.

The conference aims to develop a culture of openness, trust and critical friendship amongst IPDA members. Our international keynote speakers will address the conference themes and participants will have the opportunity to follow up issues and challenges in workshops and roundtable discussions.

By the end of the conference we intend to have reportable outcomes that can be developed and acted upon through regional seminars, website interaction and personal networking.

Conference sub themes are:

• The nature and role of learning communities

• Teaching schools: Implications for CPD

• Top Down or Bottom Up? The policy/practice interface

• Values, CPD and the concepts of effectiveness and sustained improvement

• The role of Higher Education in CPD

IPDA 2011 Conference Programme

Friday 26th November

0930- 1000: Registration

1000- 1005: Welcome by IPDA Chair, Cliff Jones

1005- 1100: Formal Opening of Conference and First Keynote Address

Glenn Rikowski, Senior Lecturer, University of Northampton *

Session Chair: Helen Mitchell


1100- 1130: Coffee/Tea Break

1130- 1300: Research Papers: Session 1

1300- 1400: Lunch

1400- 1445: Second Keynote Address

Tony Finn, Chief Executive of the General Teaching Council for Scotland

Session Chair: Jim O’Brien

1445-1530: Round Table Responses

1530-1600: Coffee/Tea Break

1600-1700: Research Papers: Session 2

1700-1800: The IPDA Trial

This year the charge is: ‘Educators stand accused of forgetting that they are shaping the values of society’

1930: Conference Dinner followed by presentation of IPDA Prizes & Fellowships


Saturday 26th November 2011

0915- 1000: Third Keynote Address

Jackie Main, Director of Learning and Development, Kaplan International Colleges

Session Chair: Cliff Jones

1000 – 1030: Keynote related Workshop

1030- 1100: Coffee/Tea Break

1100–1200: Research Papers: Session 3

1200–1330: Research Papers and Workshops: Session 4

1330-1415: Lunch

1415-1515: Parallel Seminars

Share your research with your peers and a panel of experts and receive constructive responses

How to Get Published Seminar offered by Members of the PDiE Editorial Board

‘Bring us your research issues/problems’ Seminar with Kit Field & Roger Levy


1515: Close of Conference: Professor Ken Jones, IPDA President



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* I shall speak to the title of ‘Higher Education in Crises of Capital and Labour’. This will be part of my ‘comeback tour’. For three years (since my Rhodes paper in June 2008), I did not write anything substantial or speak in public (apart from my father’s eulogy, and, of course, lectures / seminars with my own students): no conferences, no papers, articles etc. of note – I just wrote blogs in the form of adverts for events I did not attend, but supported and thought interesting and worthwhile. I performed a service.

The first part of my ‘comeback tour’ was my talk on ‘Capitorg: Education and the Constitution of the Human in Contemporary Society’, at the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM) in Dublin, on 25th May 2011.

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