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Education

  • Alternatives to Neoliberalism: Anarchist Schools in the United States and Winnipeg

    The political context of anarcho-syndicalism from which the Modern School movement emerged is worth revisiting as a viable means for those who care about public education. This model has the potential to positively transform the anti-democratic administrative power structure within schools, as well as the austerity of neoliberal governments outside of them.

  • Canadian Universities Should Divest from Policing Interests

    Universities have no business concocting band-aid solutions for a sick and rotting system that continues to both maintain and reproduce white supremacy. To continue to do so is an affront to every black and Indigenous student, staff member, and community member and is nothing short of a mockery of any real efforts to decolonize and indigenize the Canadian academic landscape.

  • Is Manitoba gearing up for a major overhaul of its public education system?

    The ideological approach to education reform promoted by DeVos and Cruz, two of America’s leading advocates for dismantling and defunding public schools, echoes Manitoba’s creation of a commission in 2019 to review the provincial school system and propose a “renewed vision for kindergarten to Grade 12 education,” and “ignite change” to existing systems and programs.

  • Ford AbomiNation: Make Ontario Resilient Again

    If it’s one thing Progressive Conservative governments like to have fun with, it’s schools. Back when Mike Harris was premier, he had an education minister by the name of John Snobelen, and Snobelen was caught on video saying that the best thing you could do with the educational system was “create a crisis” in it.

  • Addiction and recovery: Time for progressive strategies?

    Canada is clearly in the middle of a severe addiction crisis. What is presently lacking is a coherent approach to what can be done to prevent so many of us from dying. Even though there are varied reasons why so many people die from addictions, predominant addiction and treatment models have, until recently, remained entrenched in approaches coming out of the 1930s.

  • The Religious Right’s Attack on Manitoba’s Public Schools

    Religious attacks on the public school system show contempt for this valuable public institution, and for the freedom of conscience and religion. Conservative cuts to the public school system, as well as promises of tax incentives for parents of children in private schools, are nothing but thinly veiled religious policies.

  • KPMG misses point of university education

    Maybe the most troubling aspect of the Pallister-KPMG idea of a university is its clear intention to micromanage post-secondary education, focusing on immediately measurable productivity that undermines academics’ ability to do basic research. In order to serve its function of innovation, criticism and co-operation, a university requires a stable and independent environment.

  • The University of Manitoba stands at a historic crossroads

    Turning education into a high-priced commodity is constricting access once again just when greater numbers of women, minorities, and Indigenous people have begun to access it. These are among the reasons why UMFA supports low or no fees, greater public funding of post-secondary higher education, and a return to universities’ core educational, researching, and training functions.

  • The Munk School of Global Affairs and University Propaganda

    The Munk School of Global Affairs reveals much about the state of foreign-policy debate in this country. Among 35 million Canadians, the University of Toronto would be hard pressed to find a less credible source of support for the study of international affairs. Peter Munk is a right wing ideologue and mining magnate with an important personal stake in a particular foreign policy.

  • Free Tuition: An Antidote to Elitism

    This November 2, students from Victoria to St. John’s will take to the streets for the Canadian Federation of Students’ (CFS) National Day of Action for tuition-free post-secondary education. Why free tuition? We are sleepwalking backwards towards a time when our post-secondary institutions were closed shops, reserved for children of the elite and dramatic change is needed now.

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