Magazine article Radical Teacher

K-12

Magazine article Radical Teacher

K-12

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To settle a lawsuit brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the youth-advocacy organization Ya-Ya Network, the New York City Police Department agreed to rescind a policy by which it was prohibiting all First Amendment activity on public sidewalks in front of schools. Under the old policy, which had been in effect for years, the NYPD barred all leafleting, petition-gathering, press conferences, picketing, and other First Amendment activity on public sidewalks in front of schools (The Ya-Ya Network, March 29, 2005).

Secondary school students held a demonstration in April, 2005, in support of striking university students in Montreal. More than 170,000 college students in Quebec have been on strike against a government plan to transform $80 million of student grants into loans (The New York Times, April 3, 2005).

The Disney Channel is offering schools a 90-minute assembly called "Imagineer That! The Creativity Adventure" to "help empower students to unleash their creative powers." The "Disney Hand," the corporate office that provides this opportunity, is extending Disney into every crevice of school life by creating emotional relationships with the students as consumers. With budgetary cuts and low test scores, schools have come more and more to depend on these corporate investments for school extracurricular activities ("The Dead Hand of Disney," In These Times, April 18, 2005). For additional, extended analysis of the spread of commercialized culture, especially in the schools, see "Every Nook and Cranny," Multinational Monitor, January/February 2005. …

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