Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Activism compendium

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

A number of items today, from a range of sources. First, the picture to the left is of Labour TD Joe Costello, who for the last 5 years has run a weekly protest outside the Mater hospital, calling for better healthcare. Second, potentially good news for grad employees in private universities in ...

Birth control costs shoot up for US students

Monday, November 26th, 2007

One of the many healthcare issues we've found ourself addressing in GEO this semester has been the huge increase in costs of the contraceptive pill from the campus healthcare centre. A New York Times story explains the tortured legislative changes that led drug companies to end their discounts to student ...

Solidarity efforts for WGA

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

As the Writers' strike continues into a second week, word of an interesting solidarity action as many of the blogs that usually cover the content generated by these writers are 'going dark' for a day to express their support. This at the same time that another group of writers, working ...

Irish media literacy conference

Monday, September 17th, 2007

I recently got a mail calling for proposals for a symposium on "Media | Literacy | Education" to take place 3rd November in Dublin. Proposals are due by 28th September:We are specifically looking for people to contribute to A) parallel breakout sessions and B) general assembly presentations. The facilitated parallel breakout sessions ...

Non-traditional students in US colleges

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

An interesting article in the NYT about non-traditional students, specifically those who have not officially graduated from high-school, though unfortunately framed as a "should they really be allowed in/ allowed to get financial aid?" issue. Somewhat informative nonetheless.

Media scholar Carey has died

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

James Carey, former dean of the College of Communications at the University of Illinois, has died. He was perhaps best known for his enunciation of the ritual model of communication, which he posited against the transmission model. I've only had one opportunity to see Carey speak, as he left the ICR ...

Endangering academic freedom, or improving performance?

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

The Irish government is investigating introducing Performance Related Pay (PRP) for university professors:While PRP could lessen the academic freedom enjoyed by professors, it could also provide pay bonuses of up to 20 per cent for those identified as "top performers". Already, universities can break their pay scales to offer competitive ...

Class bias and ‘standardized’ testing

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

You couldn't make it up. Greg Palast draws attention to some of the questions on the standardized test for third-grade students in New York. Or, rather, since the test is currently taking place, the official practice test:The year 1999 was a big one for the Williams sisters. In February, Serena ...

High-school station losing license?

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

More bad news for high-school radio, this time from Maynard, Massachusetts, where WAVM looks set to lose its frequency assignment after a challenge by a Christian broadcasting network. WAVM had undertaken the process of converting from a 10 watt to a 250 watt license - in order to go from ...

Censorship fears for student publications

Wednesday, July 6th, 2005

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals - which covers Illinois, along with Michigan and Indiana - has made a decision that could be problematic for student publications. In essence:The court ruled that the Supreme Court’s 1988 Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier decision, permitting censorship on high school student newspapers, applies to ...