Students researched social movements from around the world that are engaged in collective struggles to transform unequal and exclusionary educational practices. These are the untold and silenced stories about "people power." You will hear the stories of youth who have become student activists on college campus, parents who have become community organizers, schools that are engaged in the daily struggled to become safe spaces for their gay and lesbian students, the transnational movement for disability rights, and the challenges in constructing multicultural education for social justice.
These stories tell us one thing over and over again – that while the process of changing systems is slow and complex and ridden with contradictions – inequality and injustice cannot prevail. “The revolution” as the African-American poet Gil Scott Heron puts it “will not be televised… the revolution is live.”
The Landless Workers Movement
Neoliberal economic globalization has weakened and privatized public education systems in poor countries around the world. This podcast looks at the educational activism of the Landless Workers Movement and their efforts to prevent the state from withdrawing from public education in Brazil.
Social Movement Against Child Labor
This podcast describes the current global situation surrounding child labor and what activists are currently doing to refute the growing problem. My goal of this pod cast was to inform listeners about specific organizations that are active in the fight for childrens' rights. I also aimed to get listeners to take a proactive stance against child labor by providing them with first hand accounts of former child laborers and by listing possible websites that could help people become involved in the fight.
Urban Schools - Who Can Fix Them?
This podcast highlights the efforts of the Boston Parents Organizing Network and describes how they utilized their network to empower parents to make change in schools. Across the country, community organizers involved in the social movement for urban school reform are successfully making change in some of the most complex, beaurecratic, and poorly performing districts in the United States. Parents and students in urban school districts must begin to monopolize on the potential power that they possess when they network and collaborate- this podcast is the story of one such group that played a major role in turning around the Boston public school system from failing to first.
Differences Between Student Activism in the 1960s and Today
In using Colgate University as my main focal point, I seek to explore why students today are often times seen as politically uninvolved and apathetic.
Culturally Responsive Education: Bridging the Gap Between the Urban Community and the Classroom
The urban education system is impacted by the many issues plaguing African American youth today, especially within their communities. Fortunately, the education system can also impact these students and their communities in a positive way through culturally responsive education.
LGBTQ Movements in Education
This podcast provides an introduction to the gay rights movement since the 1960s with a specific emphasis on problems faced by LGBTQ youth today. The silence that surrounds gay issues has led to the bullying, violence, and more commonly the negative humor that affects gay youth on a daily basis. My podcast addresses these concerns as well as touching on how youth violence is connected to the debate surrounding same sex marriages on a national level. From these two main issues I address ways teachers, schools, and community members have tried to change their institutions and the cultures around their schools to teach issues of homosexuality in a safe and open way. Last, I explain how heterosexual people can become allies and help to fight heterosexual privilege on a daily basis. In the end, the most important lesson we can learn is that diversity comes in many forms and sexuality is just one of them. When we open up discussion and create safe spaces in schools, we provide a learning environment for people of all backgrounds, as well as a community of understanding for all. For information on school support groups and introducing LGBTQ discussions in schools please visit www.GLSEN.org. Thank you.