Tag: Higher education

  • Precarity U

    Members of United Steel Workers (USW, Local 1998) tell their stories about the reality, good and bad, of working on casual contracts. Watch video »

  • The Not So Negative Dialectics of Post-Secondary Education

    “Well, we busted out of class, had to get away from those fools. We learned more from a three-minute record, baby, than we ever learned in school.” — Bruce Springsteen “Who built Thebes of the seven gates? In the books you will find the names of kings. … Every page a victory. Who cooked the … Keep reading »

  • Ghoulish EdTech Innovations

    We speak with Tanner Mirrlees about the dark and underdiscussed world of education technology and the information communication technology (ICT) industry. Listen to audio »

  • What Questions Must Students Ask Their Educators, and Why?

    Given the enormous problems that humanity is facing, it is reasonable to expect to see a future society that is radically different from, and superior to, the current one, that is a society which is genuinely democratic in the economic and non-economic spheres of life. And to produce a better society, we need better ideas, … Keep reading »

  • Online Education and the Struggle over Disposable Time

    During COVID-19 times, the ‘social distancing’ catchphrase has invaded every aspect of our lives. Public space has been fragmented into individualized, quarantined units, transforming social relations into aggregates of their interactions. Unlike other pandemics of yesteryears, COVID-19 has given a tremendous push to technology to secure social distancing. In the field of education, the phenomenon … Keep reading »

  • The Far Right, Racism, and the Universities

    Memories of Western, Kenneth Hilborn, and the Politics of Opposition Marx wrote presciently in The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (1852) that “The tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living.” Our current period is truly one of many bad dreams. Slavery’s horrors and state policies of ‘Indian’ … Keep reading »

  • The Neoliberal University

    Opposition grows to performance-based funding model for post-secondary education in Ontario Announced in the Ontario Budget, the Ford government’s reckless new market-based approach to funding postsecondary education will fundamentally compromise the integrity of Ontario’s higher education system. This alarming shift in education funding will create greater inequity, hurt students, and threaten the quality of education in … Keep reading »

  • Fordism and Ontario Universities: College “For the People” Who Can Pay

    In 2011, The Quebec Liberal government of Jean Charest decided to hike post-secondary school tuition fees by 75 per cent over a five-year period. This move mobilized students across Quebec and by 2012 a demonstration in Montreal brought out between 100,000 and 200,000 people. About 310,000 out of a total 400,000 students across the province … Keep reading »

  • Austerity and University Education w/ Alan Sears and Jessica Ireland

    Episode 1: University education in Canada is becoming increasingly necessary and, at the same time, increasingly difficult to access. Listen to audio »

  • A New Strategy for Higher Education

    In the British Labour Party’s 2017 election manifesto, the pledges to abolish university tuition fees and reintroduce maintenance grants were widely seen as vote winners, but that was the extent of the party’s policy commitments toward the sector. Since the election, Labour has supported staff and students in challenging the yawning gap between highly-paid vice-chancellors … Keep reading »

  • Henry Giroux – Higher Education and the Plague of Authoritarianism

    Toronto – 26 October 2017 Higher education in our politically desperate age is threatened by a legacy that it does not dare to name and that legacy with its eerie resonance with an authoritarian past asserts itself, in part, with the claim that education is failing. The Trump administration needs education to fail in a … Watch video »

  • Precarious Work: Contract Faculty in the Neoliberal University

    These videos explore the situation of Canadian contract academic faculty and compares their situation to the even poorer conditions American contract faculty face, highlighting the need to more firmly address working conditions in Canada. The second film, “Contract Faculty: Injustice in the University,” focuses on not only the injustice faced by contract faculty but the … Watch video »