What is abundantly clear is that in US political life, some of ‘we’ are more equal than others. Former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund Simon Johnson argued in May in The Atlantic that the finance industry has effectively captured American democracy.
Australia has seen its policy environment change over the last forty years in very fundamental ways, some of them quite positive to the environment and others perhaps less so. It is time to look back at why some countries do well on equality of opportunity and some do not.
Accountability in the Academy: Student Radicalism and the role of the Alternative Arts Faculty Handbooks
It was in this broader context that those at the helm of the Handbooks consciously identified their advocacy for change to curricula and teaching practices with radical protest and reform movements taking place on campuses nationwide; protest and reform movements that had advocated for, among other things, greater access to university education, the cessation of conscription and Australian involvement in the Vietnam War, an end to apartheid in South Africa, equal pay for equal work and against racism of any kind at home and abroad.
As more and more attention in schools turns to the issue of preparing students for high-stakes tests, there is a real risk of reducing the opportunities for students to engage in more contextual, issue-based and applied learning that does not fit within the boundaries of the traditional disciplines. The problem is acute in science where there is considerable evidence that students are disengaged with the way it is currently taught in Australia and other western countries.
The churches have been, by and large, slow on the uptake when it comes to speaking up about ecology and global warming. This article offers some suggestions on why that might be the case.