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Mario Savio

Reaching the Breaking Point

Bob Weidman | Posted 11.14.2016 | Politics
Bob Weidman

I've been thinking a lot about this quote from Mario Savio from 1964 "There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you s...

Reclaiming the Master Plan for Higher Education in California

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 09.26.2016 | College
Joseph A. Palermo

We must take on the naysayers directly, wrest the machinery of government from their dead cold hands, and make the necessary investments in our public colleges and universities. Only then will we be standing up for the original intent of California's path-breaking Master Plan for Higher Education.

50 Years Later, Berkeley Still An Oasis

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 04.20.2015 | Travel
Nancy Graham Holm

It's Wednesday morning at the North Berkeley Senior Center and twangs of country music might make you think you're in a friendly down-home bar in Texas.

Don't Sit for the ISAT

Matt Farmer | Posted 04.29.2014 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

When I learned Tuesday that teachers at a school in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood had voted unanimously to refuse to administer the ISAT to their students, I was surprised. I was surprised that the members of the Saucedo faculty were courageous enough to put their jobs on the line.

Pedagogy of the Depressed

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.09.2013 | College
Joseph A. Palermo

Can students really be taught critical thinking, civics, and citizenship skills in a standardized format that values conformity? Will relying on MOOCs and automation in the long-term turn professors into "delivery managers" and students into automatons and passive consumers rather than citizens?

Bob Costas Learns the Right Time to Talk About Guns in America: Never

Will Bunch | Posted 02.03.2013 | Media
Will Bunch

So if Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were afraid to talk about guns (and they were), no wonder America was so shocked when Bob Costas spoke Sunday night, shocked that a man in his position didn't know the right time to talk about guns in this great nation.

The Police Riot at Berkeley: If They'll Beat a Poet Laureate, Will They Kill a Student?

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 01.13.2012 | Politics
Jesse Kornbluth

Someone proposed a definition of "class warfare" you won't hear on television: "The rich are now rich enough to pay half the population to kill the other half of the population." Sickening, that -- and, I fear, prophetic.

Authors: Throw Yourself Upon the Gears of Big Publishing

Mark Coker | Posted 07.18.2011 | Books
Mark Coker

Until recently, if a publisher refused to publish an author's book, it limited an author's ability to reach readers. Now, the e-book printing press is free and available to all.

Student Riots vs. Internet Attacks

Jan Herman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jan Herman

Violence in the streets scares the shit out of the authorities. More than guerrilla geeks, student rioters in the streets send the authorities into a...

Civil Rights Movement Reassembles to Ask: What's Next?

Saul Landau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saul Landau

On February 1, 1960, four black students took seats at a lunch counter at the Greensboro, North Carolina, Woolworth's. The white waitresses ignored th...