If nothing else, the Occupy movement has awakened and inspired a lot of hurting folks to get involved, contribute, and help create a better world for us all.
UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi has stated that she tried to meet with students who were pepper-sprayed but was rebuffed. This came as a surprise to Jerika Heinze, who says she has been contacting the Chancellor's office nearly every day asking for a meeting.
Outrage over the use of pepper spray and other violent confrontations has generated the biggest headlines and sparked the most anger, with good reason. We cannot let that keep us from addressing the root cause of so much campus upheaval.
Outraged by the Occupy crackdowns, some are now calling for a national discussion on the use of force. That's a welcome development, but it's helpful to review how we got here in order to have an honest discussion.
Here's my humble attempt to identify the best and the worst education news that occurred during the past 12 months.
It is important to understand Linda Katehi's background and how it has shaped her commitment to education -- and making education accessible to those who traditionally do not have access to it.
The student protesters' point has never been simply that they don't want to pay more tuition. They want justice and transparency, just like the rest of the 99%.
Controversy over police officers pepper-spraying students during a peaceful tuition hike protest at UC Davis took over the Internet last week. After ...
The spread of affordable college education made upward mobility a truly plausible American goal. No more. On this Thanksgiving we have been cheated of the bounty of that harvest. Truthdig.com
There has been a great deal written and said lately about bullying among children and teens. Some claim there's an epidemic of bullying. But you don't have to be young to be a bully. Adults can be culprits as well.
On the UC Davis campus and elsewhere, relations between cops and the community are so strained that all sorts of retaliations for actual or perceived police brutality seem possible.
Police officers will only abuse their power to harm civilians if they believe that their chain of command will support their actions. These events happen because of the absolute failure of moral leadership by people like Chancellor Katehi.
These are not conflicts between rivals of equal proportion, as "clash" connotes. These are incidents of police violence and media should start calling it for what it is. With so much amateur video, the media has little choice but to set aside convention and report what's happening.
We hoped that even as politicians and municipal police violently responded to the Occupy movement, college and university campuses would remain safe locations for non-violent political dissent. But that has not been the case.
With tears streaming down my face and a sinking feeling in my stomach, I ask you this simple task: please make an official statement about both incidents at UC Berkeley and UC Davis.
You have a First Amendment right to free speech. You do not, however, have a First Amendment right to trespass or set up a hobo camp. This is the prob...