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Student Protests

An Open Letter to Chancellor Syverud

Donna Marsh O'Connor | Posted 11.18.2014 | College
Donna Marsh O'Connor

As I asked that student in 1986, I ask you now, Chancellor Syverud: Why are you here? I am really trying to understand. And I know, because I read in their deep, critical descriptions of what it is like to be heard on this campus, that the students who are THE General Body want to know this as well.

Sophia Jones

As Syria's War Rages Next Door, Students Violently Clash At Turkey's Oldest University

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Forty years ago, Istanbul University was a battleground for clashes between leftist and far-right student activists, leading up to the Tur...

Misled Democracy Could Jeopardize Hong Kong's Future

Zhang Weiwei | Posted 11.20.2014 | World
Zhang Weiwei

The natural evolution of Western democratic societies could be summed up this way: The first step is to develop the economy and the educational system. The second step is the establishment of a general culture for the citizens and the rule of law. The last step is democratization. If the above order is out of place, a society has to pay a severely heavy price.

You Must Learn: What Is Diversity?

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 10.03.2014 | Education
Stuart Rhoden

We must listen to all students, regardless of what they look like, their ethnicity, or their sociocultural backgrounds. They remind us of why we are lifelong learners. Meaningful dissent can be the foundation for meaningful change. If we want problem solvers in our society, then we must let all students consider (openly) when things are and are not working.

Sophia Jones

Turkish Riot Police Detain ISIS Sympathizers After Protesters Clash On Campus

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.02.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Turkish riot police wearing helmets and carrying plastic shields entered Istanbul University Wednesday morning to respond to another clash...

Students of Jefferson County Colorado Give the Nation a History Lesson

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Right-wing critics adhere to a rigid ideological script that has no room for student protest. Yet, along with the students, there are parents, teachers, and even the educators in charge of the AP curriculum who are saying history should never be sanitized.

'Don't Know Much about History': Is Denver the Start of a New Student Movement?

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.25.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

The protest to preserve the history curriculum is important for many reasons. If the so-called education reformers are not careful, they may bring on that catastrophe by toppling the only remaining institution dedicated to reinforcing civic values -- public education.

Don't Major In Intolerance

Bloomberg View | Posted 05.30.2014 | College

Universities lie at the heart of the American experiment in democracy. They are places where people of all backgrounds and beliefs can come to study a...

In Defense of Student Commencement Protests

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 07.21.2014 | College
Leonard Steinhorn

These students are being told to swallow their concerns, sit on their hands, and silence their protests all in the name of free speech. Perhaps if they had money, their voice would be welcome.

What Our Condoleezza Rice Commencement Protests Were Really All About

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh | Posted 07.15.2014 | College
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

These protests are not about the individual speakers themselves. And they're most certainly not just about commencement speeches. This is our generation of young people sending a clear and strong message that racism, bigotry, civil and human rights violations receive no honor from us.

A Graduation Message to Students: Don't Use Free Speech to Suppress Free Speech

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 07.13.2014 | College
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Should the university or college take a poll to make certain that everybody on the campus agrees with the speaker's views?

Why I'm Skipping My Harvard Reunion (A Call to Action)

Evan Mandery | Posted 07.06.2014 | College
Evan Mandery

If you're born poor and don't go to college you're likely to remain poor, but if you finish college you're as likely to become rich as to remain poor. At its core, inequality is about education. If there's hope, it must lie with the schools.

Venezuelan Students Look To Slums For Support

AP | FRANK BAJAK | Posted 05.19.2014 | Latino Voices

PETARE, Venezuela (AP) — The two students venture into one of Latin America's biggest slums for the first time, feeling scared and somewhat awkward....

What's Happening in Venezuela

Stacy Bare | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Stacy Bare

In the spring of 2009, as part of a design studio looking at sustainable tourism in the beach and cocoa producing town of Choroní, I had the opportunity to visit Venezuela and was privileged to meet a number of people who I've stayed in close touch with since.

Why Nearly 400 Students Were Willingly Arrested

The Huffington Post | Allison Bresnick | Posted 03.12.2014 | College

Tulane University senior Nick Stracco was one of nearly 400 students to be arrested last week outside of the White House, and he was happy to do so. ...

Venezuelans Unite: From Streets to Cyberspace

Michael Solis | Posted 04.22.2014 | Impact
Michael Solis

Over 11,000 miles away from her home country, Venezuela, Haydee Izaguirre was stunned as she watched the movie scene that her country had become on February 12, 2014.

These Students Understand, Like Martin Luther King, Jr. Did, That Nonviolent Protest Can Stir Change

Posted 01.25.2014 | Good News

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Baptist minister wil...

2 New York Colleges Draft Rules That Restrict Protests

New York Times | Posted 12.13.2013 | College

At Cooper Union, it was outrage over a new tuition policy. At City College, it was anger over the closing of a community center. At both Manhattan col...

Texas Test Wars: A New Hope

Jason Stanford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Parents are refusing to let schools give their kids the tests. Teachers are refusing to administer the tests. School boards are begging for relief from testing mandates. That's all nice, say the dwindling number of defenders of linking accountability to standardized testing, but if we got rid of tests what would you replace them with?

Catholic College Cancels Same-Sex Marriage Lecture

Posted 09.26.2013 | Religion

UPDATE Sept. 26 -- Providence College has released a message from the provost stating that, "The Administration’s decision to cancel the event ha...

The Global Search for Education: What Students Want

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

Education is the greatest armament in the battle on poverty, disease, brutality and prejudice. Providing education for children in the emerging markets is both vital and relatively cheap.

Nine 'No Confidence' Votes That Made Headlines in 2012-2013

Jordan Friedman | Posted 08.17.2013 | College
Jordan Friedman

Upon closer examination of the latest no confidence votes, some trends emerge: a rejection of university leadership styles that echo those of corporations, a desire for transparency, and student involvement through protests and social media.

Joy Resmovits

College Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaigns Heat Up

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.17.2013 | College

A group of Swarthmore College students wants action. They're willing to interrupt meetings. They're willing to piss off their peers. And, in some ...

Chicago Students Always Lead the Way

Dave Stieber | Posted 07.10.2013 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

Our students are intelligent and partake in the democratic process that this country was founded on. So if our students feel forced to have a protest to make their voices heard, join them. They are teaching all of us what Democracy looks like, sounds like, and feels like.

Students Start 'Winter Rose Student Revolution'

AP | PABLO GORONDI | Posted 02.18.2013 | College

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungarian high school and university students went ahead Wednesday with protests against changes in the education system des...