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Education Crisis

THE SALE OF STUDENT LOANS: HOW DO WE STOP IT?

A Teach-in at the Houses of Parliament: ‘The sale of student loans…how do we stop it?’

Monday, January 13th 2014, 7pm
Details: http://andrewmcgettigan.org/2014/01/07/teach-in-at-the-house-of-commons-monday-13-january/
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‘The sale of student loans; the latest move turning first rate public universities into third rate private companies: How do we stop it?’

Speakers so far confirmed:

Stefan Collini, Professor of English at Cambridge and author of the ‘Sold Out’ article in the London Review of Books, 24th Oct 2013

Andrew McGettigan, author of The Great University Gamble: Money, Markets and the Future of Higher Education

Natalie Fenton – Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmith and past president of the University and College Union

As the changes to university funding are advancing Collini argues that ” … the coalition government took the decisive steps in helping to turn some first rate universities into third rate companies. If you still think the time for criticism is over, perhaps you had better think again”.

The Higher Education Teach-In is your opportunity to hear and question the experts so then we can press the Coalition to think again.

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Education Crisis

Education Crisis

Education Crisis

NEW FRONTS IN THE FIGHT FOR EDUCATION

1. Thursday 24th February: Day X4

Walk out for education

Today’s papers have been full of reports that Oxford and Cambridge are set to charge the maximum £9,000 tuition fees and speculation that other universities could soon follow suit. An education from a top university could soon cost over £30,000 in fees alone. Leading vice-chancellors have already publicly urged MPs to back huge rises in tuition fees, a measure they believe is ‘reasonable’ – but these same Vice Chancellors are some of the highest paid bosses in the public sector with most receiving more than £200,000 a year.

The Vice Chancellors’ lobby group Universities UK will be holding its Spring Conference on Thursday 24th February – and students will be taking to the streets in protest for Day X4. Walkouts and protests in London will converge in a mass picket of the Universities UK conference, and this will be replicated by campus protests across the country.

For more information download the flyer to or join the event on Facebook (and invite all your friends):

* Flyer for LONDON

* Flyer for OUTSIDE LONDON

Event page on FACEBOOK

2. Support the Strike

Students and staff unite for education

Last term students walked out and occupied to try and defeat the introduction of tuition fees and abolition of EMA. This term it could be our lecturers who take action. Every UCU member in Higher and Further Education is being balloted over strike action to defend jobs, pay and pensions.

The experience at King’s, Sussex and Leeds last year shows that when students come out and mobilise in support of strike action by staff it creates a united defence of education that can win real results. We encourage all student supporters of EAN to do everything they can to get their classmates to support the strike.

EAN strike leaflet

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Socialism and Hope

INTERNATIONAL SOCIALISM JOURNAL ISSUE 129

http://www.isj.org.uk/

CONTENTS:

Analysis
The student revolt and the crisis

Mad as hatters? The Tea Party movement in the US
Megan Trudell

Police killings and the law
Simon Behrman

Labourism and socialism: Ralph Miliband’s Marxism
Paul Blackledge

True crime stories: some New Labour memoirs
John Newsinger

Marxism and disability
Roddy Slorach

Decoding capitalism
Joseph Choonara

What’s wrong with school history?
Andrew Stone

Why we should be sceptical of climate sceptics
Suzanne Jeffery

Tony Cliff’s Lenin and the Russian Revolution
John Rose

Feedback

Sex work: a rejoinder
Gareth Dale and Xanthe Whittaker

Discussing the alternatives
Grace Lally

Book reviews

A tangled tale
Yuri Prasad

Revolution rewritten
Jack Farmer

Analysing honour
Mark Harvey

Globalising Gramsci
Adrian Budd

Intellectual weapons
Alex Callinicos

Pick of the quarter

This quarter’s selection

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Marketisation of Higher Education

NATIONAL WALKOUT AGAINST FEES

WALKOUT OF YOUR SCHOOL, COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY NEXT WEDNESDAY, 24 NOVEMBER

Walkouts took place at hundreds of schools and colleges against the Iraq war in 2003, against ‘third world’ debt in 2005, and several colleges walked out against cuts in 2009-10.

Organisers suggest: ‘Download national leaflet at anticuts.com, writing on the details of your local meet-up point, photocopy and hand it out. Use email, Facebook, texts, phone calls to advertise the time and place of your protest’

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Picket Nick Clegg in Camden

6pm, Tuesday 23 November, Kings Place Hall, 190 York Way, N1.

No tuition fees! No to Workfare!

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Red

THE ROUGE FORUM – UPDATE 13th NOVEMBER 2010 AND LONDON STUDENTS POINT THE WAY

 

A message from Rich Gibson

Dear Friends,

The Rouge Forum web page is updated at: http://www.richgibson.com/blog/

We invite you to join us in Chicago for Rouge Forum 2011. http://www.rougeforumconference.org/

The Rouge Forum 2011 conference will be held May 20-22 at Lewis University’s suburban campus in Romeoville, IL.

Call for proposals and information on conference registration and housing will be online soon!

And here is a call for chapter authors: Hip-Hop(e): The Cultural Practice and Critical Pedagogy of International Hip-Hop.
Peter Lang
Co-Edited with Mike J. Viola UCLA
by Brad Porfilio
http://lewisu.academia.edu/BradPorfilio/Papers/330392/Hip-Hop_e_Call_for_Chapters

 

Good luck to us, every one.
Rich Gibson

 

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Education Crisis

AFTER THE MASS EDUCATION PROTEST: CO-ORDINATING MEETING AND UNITY STATEMENT

Over 50,000 students and lecturers marched this Wednesday, making it the biggest education protest since 1985. In the context of the miners’ strike, the student revolt forced Margaret Thatcher to back down from her plans to introduce tuition fees. Now, the issue of tuition fees threatens to turn into Cameron and Clegg’s poll tax.

A very large number of students broke away from the official route of the demonstration to march on the Tory HQ in 30 Millbank. Dozens of protestors got inside the building and onto the roof while a crowd of thousands laid siege outside for several hours.

This represents a real turning point in the resistance to the coalition government’s austerity programme, bringing the spirit of the French and Greek general strikes to the UK. Now there is a real opportunity to build on Wednesday’s mobilisation with protests, student walkouts and occupations on every university and college campus.

The protests have also opened up a lively debate inside our movement about which strategies and tactics are most appropriate and effective. This is to be welcomed – tens of thousands of people are joining our struggle, bringing a wealth of different perspectives.

But we firmly reject the attempt by the right-wing press to witch-hunt protesters and activists. The real vandals are the Tory and Liberal politicians who are wrecking our education. Over 50 protestors have already been arrested, some for nothing more than entering the building. This is an attempt to scare and divide our movement at a time when we most urgently need to unite.

Coordinating meeting: where next after the demonstration?

6pm Monday 15th November, King’s College London

With speakers from the Millbank occupation and across the movement

 

We need unity – stand with the Millbank protesters!

Defence statement to sign and circulate

http://teneleventen.wordpress.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/We-need-unity-defend-the-Millbank-protestors/128397300550227

teneleventen@googlemail.com

Newsflash: post-demo occupation at Manchester University http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/11/student-protests-demand-accounts

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Charles Widmore

SHOCK DOCTRINE

Prof Crossick (V-C, University of London) predicted that 75% of government grants would be taken away from all degree courses and that ultimately arts, humanities and social sciences would get no teaching funding at all.

His fears were backed by Roehampton University vice-chancellor Paul O’Prey, who is also chairman of UUK’s longer term strategy group.

He said he was worried that the higher education system was being dismantled without a clear idea of what would replace it.

“What we are doing, with the current plan to remove a very high percentage of the teaching grant and for universities to replace that with much higher fees, is introducing an economic shock that will privatise university education overnight.

It’s the combination of Browne and the spending review. We are clearly expecting him to say that the graduate contribution will go up.”

See BBC News, October 1st for the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-11453624

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Higher Education

Youth Fight for Jobs LONDON NEWSLETTER

 

Youth unemployment stands on the verge of 1million – That’s 1 in 5 young people unemployed. Whilst the government can afford to spend billions bailing out the banks it can’t afford to put money into decent jobs and free education for young people. Education offer no alternative to the dole queues – universities are set to increase fees to at least £7,000 per year, putting university out of reach for most ordinary people. For young people that have a job, it often comes with a lower minimum wage, worse conditions and poor contracts.

Youth Fight for Jobs was set up in March to provide an alternative to people who want to fight back against unemployment. We had a launch ‘March for Jobs’ where 600 young people marched through the four poorest boroughs of London demanding decent jobs and conditions. Since then the campaign has grown. We have become the focal point for the media on the fight against youth unemployment and have held activity, fortnights of action, protests against the releasing of unemployment figures, meetings, gigs and stunts.

We have a national demonstration taking place on the 28th November marching under the banner of ‘for real jobs – for free education’. For this demonstration we will be doing activity all over London and would like you to get involved in helping us build the campaign and local groups. See: http://www.youthfightforjobs.com

We are also organising a day of action on the 21st November (the week before the demonstration) where we will be leafleting estates, doing stunts and postering around the route of the demonstration which we would like you to get involved in.

We are organising activity across London including:

Greenwich

Lewisham

Hackney

Leyton

Tower Hamlets

Walthamstow

Hillingdon

West Central

East London

Haringey

Camden

Lambeth & Southwark

Croydon

If you would like to get involved in this activity or want help building in your area/school/college/workplace- contact us through the number and email below. Enclosed are a few leaflets for the campaign and also a membership card to join the campaign for £4 waged/£1unwaged.

Yours Sincerely,

Suzanne Beishon, Youth Fight for Jobs Steering Committee, 07716610893, suzbeishon@hotmail.com

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Higher Education

Higher Education

DEMONSTRATION AGAINST HIGHER EDUCATION FEES!

 

Government puts education into the hands of big business

No university fees! Demonstrate 28 November!

We won’t pay for the bosses’ crisis!

New Labour and the Conservatives are determined to make young people and workers pay for this crisis. On the one hand, they say there are jobs available for all, all you need is ‘determination’. At the same time, they slash funding for youth training and put corrupt fat cats in charge of setting university fees.

Lord Mandelson refused the National Union of Students a voice in the review of university fees because that would harm the ‘objectivity’ of the review. Instead, we have an ‘objective’ board of some of the biggest capitalists and privateers in Britain, chaired by Lord Browne. Lord Browne was Chief Executive of BP until 2007, making billions of pounds out of war in Iraq and environmental destruction. Browne left BP, amidst allegations of corruption, with a £5 million payoff and a £21 million pension pot. Is this man seriously going to say that society cannot afford our education?

David Eastwood, Vice Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, also sits on the review. As part of the Russell Group, he has been demanding students pay more for education for years. The university is currently trying to close its entire sociology department, without consultation with staff, because it is not bringing in enough money. Aston University’s vice chancellor is also ‘objectively’ reviewing university funding, fresh from slashing 18 jobs over the summer.

The rest of the board is made up of a former advisor to Tony Blair (the Prime Minister who abolished free university education), two NGO bigwigs and, unbelievably, Peter Sands, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank. Is he going to demand the same level of investment in education, in our future, that him and his peers have received over the last eighteen months? Of course not. The bosses organisation, the CBI, call for fees of £7,000 a year. Labour and the Tories say similar. Before the review board has met, the outcome is clear. Peter Sands, Lord Browne, Lord Mandelson and all the others want to make us pay for the crisis of their system.

£350 million cuts are being made in vocational education. Out of around 600,000 school leavers, 8,000 will get real apprenticeships, ones which lead to a job and a qualification.

Never mind that young people want to learn, want to work! Never mind that 55% think university education should be free! Since when did the politicians care what we think? Since when did big business and university bosses do favours for us?

Since we organised and fought them. Youth Fight for Jobs says no to university fees, no to writing off our generation, no to mass youth unemployment. We are demonstrating on 28 November – for real jobs, for free education. Join us in the fightback!

Join the demonstration in central London, Malet Street, WC1E, nearest tube Euston / Russell Square. For details of transport from outside London, see: http://www.youthfightforjobs.com/transport

Youth Fight for Jobs: http://www.youthfightforjobs.com

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