Friday, March 27, 2015
OWS: May Day, college education, Charter Schools, propaganda
Occupy Wall Street has begun their May Day Protests in New York and around the wo
This is part of a semi-regular update of some of the latest stories from the Occupy Wall Street web page for additional details see previous post introduction to series.
Ahem, as I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted, Occupy Wall Street has begun their May Day Protests in New York and around the world. The following are just a small sample of the related stories:
One of the biggest problems with the education system especially college education is the use of copyright laws to control the distribution of educational knowledge which they refer to as “intellectual property.” This creates an enormous bureaucracy that spends more trying to restrict access to educational material than it does trying to provide it. This has overwhelmingly proven to be an extremely inefficient way of financing research and often does the opposite. A recent Globe article about Harvard University has indicated what some people are trying to do to solve this problem over the objections of those that want to strictly control access to education and make large profits from it.
This is also driving up costs for information that the public need to participate in the democratic process including the ability for corporations to use their copyrights to withdraw news stories or make them harder to find when it suits their purposes and put more emphasis on the stories that advance their agenda while the majority have a much tougher time doing research. And on top of that the efforts to corporatize schools is continuing in Philadelphia as indicated in the following report from the Black Agenda:
This is actually an old story as well; in 2001 there was a major protest and walk out that led to the scaling back of attempts to increase charter schools, at least temporarily.
After the first walk out they scaled back on the efforts to privatize their education and elected a democratic governor, Ed Rendell, who didn’t try to fix more than he had to in order to appease the public, as far as I can tell. He also did what he could to increase the reliance on revenue from gambling which targets the poor and those least able to pay for it and adds many more social problems than it solves. Then power was handed right back to the Republicans where they continue their efforts to try to take over the schools for the benefit of the corporations. If it suite their purposes they may have the Democrats come in and pretend to save the day again. This was mentioned by Ed Schultz last night who criticized Governor Tom Corbett for supporting charter schools but failed to mention the fact that president barrack Obama is also doing what he can to advance the use of charter schools.
Clearly they have no intention of allowing the lower classes obtain quality education without allowing the upper classes control it, presumably to ensure that it fits their ideology, and profit from it.
Unless of course the ninety-nine percent stand up to both the Republicans who don’t bother pretending to represent the people anymore and the Democrats who do pretend to represent the public.
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