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Turning the crisis around: Hope for change from global trade unionism

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<p>One of the earliest priorities of the trade union movement, dating back to the 19th century in many countries, was free public education. This demand was made in order to provide opportunities for the children of workers. It was part of a fight for equality, a fight that is not yet won.<br /><br />Quality education remains a ...

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Opportunities for growth: Inclusive education for the future

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Suddenly the majority of countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development are talking about growth. The words on the lips of everybody who attended the OECD’s Forum last week went further. ‘Inclusive growth’ are the watchwords. The OECD’s homepage makes it clear that the financial crisis is hitting...

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Reforms and cuts, the prelude of a reconversion of Spanish universities

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Cuts and erosion of education are not something new in Spain, a country where public expenditure in higher education is only 1.1%. Regions finance more than 90% of education, and those in the hands of conservative parties have reduced education funding since 2009. The situation rapidly deteriorated during 2011, when 15 of the 17...

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The economic crisis and education: key issues

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The current global economic crisis has its roots in the periodic crises that plague a capitalist, market system. This particular crisis is a product of recent history which promoted an extreme, laissez-faire version of capitalism, generally called neoliberalism or market fundamentalism. The elections of Ronald Reagan, Margaret T...

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