Youth and the Social Crisis
“Part 2” of the Detroit bankruptcy
By Nancy Hanover, 2 May 2015
The governor’s plan to reorganize Detroit Public Schools is the most ambitious structural overhaul of public education since the all-charter school district was established in New Orleans.
By Jerry White and Kranti Kumara, 15 April 2015
Ten former educators were sentenced to prison Tuesday in a case that has been used to further vilify teachers and promote the privatization of public education.
By Douglas Lyons, 8 April 2015
The wealthy in Pennsylvania pay less in taxes while receiving more in per-pupil education spending than working class school districts.
Board of Regents considers privatization
By E.P. Bannon, 3 April 2015
The proposed cuts, if passed, will be the largest budget reduction to any state university system in history.
By Pradeep Ramanayake, 3 April 2015
The police attack on university students makes clear that the Sirisena government is rapidly moving to impose new austerity measures.
By John Marion, 27 March 2015
Virtually no aspect of children’s education will be left untouched by the budget unanimously approved Wednesday.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 25 March 2015
The following statement is being distributed by members of the IYSSE at “day of action” rallies called by the National Union of Students in Australia on Wednesday.
By Nick Barrickman, 11 March 2015
Sigma Alpha Epsilon, which has historical ties to the antebellum South, has been involved in a rash of incidents of a reactionary character.
Obama administration arranges deal
By Nancy Hanover, 11 March 2015
The Obama administration has brokered the sale of career-college chain Corinthian (CCI) to ECMC, a ruthless student loan collection agency.
By Carl Bronski, 4 March 2015
Teaching assistants and contract instructors have gone on strike at Toronto’s principal universities, York and University of Toronto.
What is the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren?
By Debra Watson and Nancy Hanover, 21 January 2015
As Detroit emerges from bankruptcy, Democratic and Republican politicians are now turning their attention to further privatizing public education in the impoverished city.
By Tom Hall, 8 January 2015
Far from being a return to “local control,” the schools’ decision means the further consolidation of the charter school system over New Orleans education.
By Barbara Slaughter, 11 December 2014
These talented young musicians came together to celebrate “Freedom and Friendship: A Century of Jazz.”
“A permanent Third World in America”
By Niles Williamson, 18 November 2014
A record 2.5 million American children were homeless last year amidst what the Obama administration has insisted is an economic recovery.
By Francis Dubois, 12 November 2014
Thousands of school pupils demonstrated in several cities and blockaded dozens of high schools across France.
By Oliver Campbell, 12 November 2014
Thousands of students have been corralled into low-quality courses provided by private operators that are effectively funded by governments.
The best of all possible worlds?
By Seraphine Collins and Jeff Lusanne, 7 November 2014
The WSWS asked Michigan college students to respond to President Barack Obama’s claim that this is the best time in human history for young people.
By Kevin Martinez, 5 November 2014
State funding for higher education has fallen 17 percent between 2008 and 2012, after adjusting for inflation.
By Tom Eley, 23 October 2014
The child has been held in an isolation cell at Wayne County Correctional Facility in Honesdale, Pennsylvania since October 11.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 October 2014
The disappearance of the 43 students in the southern state of Guerrero is bound up with the rising inequality and savage violence that go hand in hand with Mexico’s free market “reforms.”
By Susan Allan, 22 October 2014
Australian authorities are distributing patriotic war propaganda among school children as part of the official World War I centenary commemorations.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 18 October 2014
The IYSSE is seeking to prevent Berlin’s Humboldt University from once again becoming a centre of militarism and dictatorship.
By Archie Stone and Toby Reese, 8 October 2014
A recent report from the San Diego Suicide Prevention Council noted a 20 percent increase in suicides over the past six years.
By Chris Davion and Jeff Lusanne, 16 September 2014
The hopelessness that violence and gang activity ultimately reflect can be understood only in relationship to the historical decline in working-class living standards in Chicago.
By Nick Barrickman, 3 September 2014
The teacher, Patrick McLaw, who wrote a science fiction novel depicting a school massacre, was placed on administrative leave.
By Isabelle Belanger, 29 August 2014
The Obama administration’s initiative, Excellent Educators for All, announced this summer marks a new stage in the assault on teachers and public education.
By Andre Damon, 23 July 2014
A report published Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation notes that 16.3 million children live in poverty in the US.
By Khara Sikhan, 19 July 2014
Student debt settlement companies used fraudulent means to convince young people to pay them large fees to obtain fictitious debt relief, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
Amid fraud investigations in twenty states
By Nancy Hanover, 12 July 2014
Corinthian College plans to sell or close its colleges and trades schools, affecting 72,000 students in the US and Canada.
By a WSWS reporter, 12 July 2014
Forty-one thousand British Columbia teachers—now in their fourth week of a province-wide strike—are challenging the provincial government’s decade-long assault on public education.
Movie Review: LISTEN — the Film, by Ankur Singh
By Phyllis Scherrer, 4 July 2014
A review of Ankur Singh’s documentary on the impact of high-stakes testing on students.
By Gabriel Black, 3 July 2014
On July 1, the interest rates for federal student loans grew by almost one percent, adding to the already intolerable burden of student debt on young people.
By Khara Sikhan and Matthew MacEgan, 3 July 2014
Forty percent of young people in the US call their student debt “overwhelming, ” according to a survey published by Wells Fargo last month.
By Joe Mount, 1 July 2014
The punitive policy means that youth without A-levels or equivalent qualifications would lose their income unless they enroll in vocational training courses.
By Kristina Betinis, 27 June 2014
The layoffs affect more than 500 teachers and 650 assistants and school staff, in the latest attack on public education.
By Phyllis Scherrer, 27 June 2014
The Wilkinsburg Education Association has accepted a contract that will lay off 15 percent of district teachers.
By Nick Barrickman, 4 June 2014
With the closing of its last five traditional public schools, New Orleans is set to become the largest city in the US with an all charter school district.
By Milo Proteus, 31 May 2014
The state has intervened to impose dramatic cuts, including the elimination of teaching positions and the removal of a high school principal.
By Philip Guelpa, 10 May 2014
The selection of Rice sparked a strong reaction in the university community due to her role in the launching the Iraq war and the torture policies of the Bush administration.
By Andre Damon, 10 May 2014
We are publishing here the text of the speech given by Andre Damon, national secretary of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), to the International Online May Day Rally hosted by the International Committee of the Fourth International and the WSWS on Sunday, May 4.
Link to audio
By Joe Mount, 26 April 2014
Graduates in the UK are expected to have an average of £66,897 to pay for higher education tuition according to a recent study.
By Fred Mazelis, 15 April 2014
The recent budget deal revealed the role of the charter school movement and the Democratic Party.
By Rafael Azul, 21 March 2014
As inflation rages in the country, teachers in five provinces are on strike over cost of living increases.
By a reporter, 8 March 2014
The accusation of police misconduct is the latest example of racial profiling and anti-immigrant bigotry encouraged by the authorities.
By Patrick O’Connor, 14 January 2014
The education minister said he wants the syllabus “to celebrate Australia.”
By Julie Hyland, 8 January 2014
Widespread discontent and alienation amongst the young in the UK is the ultimate source of the August 2011 riots and the repression meted out by the authorities.
By Matthew MacEgan, 18 December 2013
While over 40 college presidents took in more than $1 million each in 2011, today’s average college graduate shoulders $29,000 in student loan debt.
By E.P. Bannon, 2 December 2013
Forty-one percent of people who graduated from college during the past two years said they were underemployed or working in jobs that do not require their degree.
By Jordan Shilton, 23 November 2013
The Guardian newspaper published secretly-filmed footage showing an attempt by police to recruit an activist to spy on political organisations and protest groups at Cambridge University.
By Ajanta Silva, 21 November 2013
A new report on social inequality in Europe confirms that adverse health conditions are determined by power, money and resource inequities.
By Bryan Dyne, 19 November 2013
Growing numbers of young adults in the US are unable to start families, pursue careers or purchase homes.
By Stefan Steinberg, 2 November 2013
According to new figures issued by the Eurostat data agency, unemployment across the 17-country euro zone hit a record 12.2 percent in September.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 22 October 2013
The brutality of the seizure of Leonarda triggered social opposition that had been fermenting under the surface for a long time.
By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 1 August 2013
Police held students and teachers at Dimitrie Bolintineanu High School in Bucharest during the national baccalaureate exams and detained them on suspicion of cheating.
By Zac Corrigan, 2 July 2013
The interest rate on subsidized Stafford loans doubled on Monday, rising from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.
By Peter Schwarz, 29 June 2013
The European Union’s “Call to Action on Youth Unemployment” is a travesty that only underscores the fact that an entire generation has no future in a capitalist Europe.
By Christoph Vandreier—parliamentary candidate of the Socialist Equality Party in Germany (PSG), 21 June 2013
The real state of any society finds its clearest expression in the perspective it offers youth. The relentless rise of youth unemployment in Europe further demonstrates the bankruptcy of the capitalist system.
By A. Woodson, 13 May 2013
Students began a sit-in to protest the imposition of tuition at one of the few remaining free institutions of higher learning in the US.
By Zac Corrigan, 27 April 2013
The percentage of 25-year-olds with student debt has grown by nearly one third, and the average amount owed has risen by 91 percent.
By Nancy Hanover, 11 March 2013
Student loan debt securities are in hot demand from investors, as student debt levels reach new highs. Sequester cuts will add to the burden.
By Nancy Hanover, 31 January 2013
There has been an explosive growth of a new business model organized by a variety of exploitive American entrepreneurs.
By Aidan Claire and Joe Mount, 15 January 2013
The Independent reports on the existence of a web site offering students up to £15,000 a year to have sex with its clients.