Roundup: Worldwide fights over education

Over the last week or so, I’ve noticed an increasing number of tweets and facebook posts about education, and teachers in particular.  While the Quebec post-secondary student protests continue, news came out today (which was not news to anyone, really) that tuition rates are going up faster than everything else.

But most of what I’ve been seeing has been about school teachers and funding cuts to secondary and elementary schools.  And these posts have been coming from around the world.  Most of the ones I’ve seen, by virtue of who I follow on Twitter, have been North American and Australian.  So I did a quick Google News search, and found an astounding amount of teacher’s strikes and stories about education cuts.  Interestingly, most of the strikes are over the same things: money, yes, but mostly working conditions, class sizes, and the quality of education being provided to young people today.  How long will it take for our governments, around the world, to realise that we want future generations to have at least the same quality of education that previous ones did – if not better?

So, here’s a round-up of some of the significant disputes.

In Canada:

BC teachers legislated back to work to deny them the right to strike (this is an older article, but it’s still ongoing)

Ontario teachers – ditto

Edmonton support workers on strike

In Australia:

Cuts (that have not yet led to a strike) in New South Wales

Queensland Catholic teachers, on strike

Victorian teachers on strike

And elsewhere:

Chicago teachers on strike

Support workers in Rhode Island on strike

New Zealand special school cuts (and charter schools on the way)

Kenyan teachers on strike

Para Teachers in India on strike

British teachers about to strike

Peruvian teachers about to strike

Teachers and students protest in Hong Kong

Swaziland teachers fired, en masse, after a strike

And stepping back, briefly, into post-secondary:

University of Victoria (BC) support staff vote for a strike

Delhi University teachers on hunger strikes

Perhaps it’s time for a global educators’ union movement?


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