Well-read Red Frann Michel reads from Henry Giroux about neoliberalism, connecting the more unsustainable than usual mode of capitalist ideology and worldmaking to the defunding and alround attack on universities. In the latter half, she focuses on class struggle at Portland State University, highlighting who is causing the problems and who's organizing the solution. You can read it HERE.http://kboo.fm/content/neoliberalhighereducationparttwo 8:20 minutes (7.64 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Barbara Garson about writing people's conscious and not so conscious experiences of exploitation, domination and precariousness in the 20th and 21st Centuries. She's the author of "Down The Up Escalator: how the 99% live in the Great Recession", which you can get in print and audio form through the Multnomah County Library. 13:21 minutes (12.23 MB)
This morning, hundreds of students walked out of six Portland High Schools in solidarity with the Portland Association of Teachers' strike vote. The PAT reached an impasse in contract negotiations with the Portland Public Schools board on November 20, and the two sides have spent hundreds of hours in mediation since then over issues such as class sizes, salary increases and early retirement incentives. The 2900-member PAT will vote on whether to strike tonight at 7:00 pm at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Today's walkouts were organized by the Portland Student Union. KBOO's Jamie Partridge was on the scene at both Jefferson High School in North Portland and Cleveland High School in Southeast. 5:59 minutes (5.47 MB)
Larry Bowlden reviews "Divergent" by Veronica Roth. The book is written for youth, but Larry recommends it for older readers too. It looks at a futuristic dystopia in which five rigidly defined social "factions" structure society like into personality type castes - kind of like Phillip K. Dick's "Clans of the Alphane Moon". People ritualistically chose a faction in their teens, but are guided by an aptitude test. The principal story is that of Beatrice, who leaves her faction of birth for another, while hiding the fact that her tests showed her to have "divergent" aptitudes. She eventually stumbles upon a nefarious plot being hatched within the ranks of another faction.
Frann Michel offers a Well-read Red on education in the age of neoliberalism. She outlines the historical transfers of power and responsibility for public education that have deformed the public university into a crass commercial project. From there she interrogates how this situation has led to bloated administrative staff and obcene executive salaries, but also the proletarianization of faculties and the hollowing out of professional autonomy, as well student debt. In the end, she calls for a reinvigorated movement to assert the public mission of the university.
Read the written version with links HERE.
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