Sunday, October 7, 2012

Smashing Apples: Shock Doctrine for Public Education

By Apple-book.svg: Richtom80 derivative work: Frédéric (Apple-book.svg) [CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia CommonsThat’s What It’s All About by Kevin Mahoney in Raging Chicken Press, densely packed with information and links, briefly excerpted below. This series promises to live up to the Raging Chicken Press tagline, "if you're not angry, you're not paying attention." Don't shortchange yourself or your understanding of current issues in higher ed. If SEIU 500 (Coalition of Academic Labor)'s successes show what can be done and Green River CC vs GRAFA raises serious questions about intra-union conflict and abuses of power, then Smashing Apples (love the name) draws the line in the sand...Raging Chicken editor and writer, Kevin Mahoney notes, 

Editor’s Note: This article inaugurates a new Raging Chicken Press series by the same name: Smashing Apples. This series will focus on the ongoing attacks against public education from kindergarten through higher education both in the Pennsylvania region and across the country

... and then posits...

Pennsylvania as Ground Zero in War Against Public Education?

You’d be right to suspect that I already have my answer to this question. I believe  that Pennsylvania is a key front – if not thekey front – in the battle over public education. I think Pennsylvania is ground zero because unlike cuts to education in other states, the Pennsylvania legislature under the leadership of Governor Grover Norquist…errr….I mean Governor Tom Corbett, has led a cradle to the grave gutting of public education.
Continuing, he lays out where the line in the sand is, in but not limited to Pennsylvania: it is the...

APSCUF Contract: The Next Fight is Brewing
The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF), represents the more than 6,000 faculty and coaches of the 14 universities that make up the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). Kutztown University, where I work, is a PASSHE university and I am an active member of my union. PASSHE is the 10th largest university system in the United States and the 43rd largest in the world. Nearly 120,000 students enter PASSHE university classrooms each year. And, right now, we are in the midst of what could prove to be a historic fight over the future of public education in the Commonwealth and, quite possibly, the nation. If Pennsylvania higher education faculty didn’t want to be on the front lines of a systematic attack against public education, they’re there now
Smashing Apples – That’s What It’s All About

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