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Robert Shepherd: How Corporate Monopolies Control What Students Learn

Not so different from what is happening #highered, just with a head start – a fearful example that academia ignored. Now it comes for them….

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Robert Shepherd posted this explanation of how the
publishing industry has changed and how a small number of corporate
giants control what students learn:

I think it important
to distinguish between
entrepreneurs
attempting to bring new products to market that will succeed or
fail in the market based on the merits of those products
and
monopolistic corporate giants
attempting to rig the market for educational materials so as to
shut out new competitors.
A little
history:

When I started working in educational
publishing back in the early 1980s, a basal literature program
consisted of a student text and a softbound teacher’s guide
containing lesson plans and answers to questions in the text.
That’s it—a student edition and a softbound teacher’s
guide. Then, over the course of many years,
the big educational publishers competed with one another by adding
new components and features, including many “give-aways,” to their
product lines.

So…

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The Top Twelve Student Activism Stories to Watch This Year (Part Four)

Make these campaigns part of #CEW2013. Standing with student activists should be a top #adjunct priority

The 2013-14 academic year is shaping up to be a pivotal one for the American student movement. Developments both on-campus and off promise to shape the landscape of higher ed organizing in huge ways.

All this week I’ve been posting about the big upcoming stories I’ve got my eye on as the fall semester gets underway. On Tuesday I put up the first set — on Janet Napolitano’s new position at the head of the University of California system, the rise of divestment campaigns targeting Israeli policies and fossil fuels, and the new tuition alternative proposals being floated in Oregon and elsewhere. Wednesday I wrote about President Obama’s plans for higher education funding, the possible resurgence of campus occupations as a student organizing tactic, and the future of the United States Student Association, and Thursday I discussed the Dream Defenders, student voting rights restrictions, and student debt organizing.

That’s nine, which…

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