Youth and the Social Crisis

Judge hands down brutal sentences in Atlanta test “cheating” case

By Jerry White and Kranti Kumara, 15 April 2015

Ten former educators were sentenced to prison Tuesday in a case that has been used to further vilify teachers and promote the privatization of public education.

Pennsylvania: Wealthy pay less in taxes, but receive more money for education

By Douglas Lyons, 8 April 2015

The wealthy in Pennsylvania pay less in taxes while receiving more in per-pupil education spending than working class school districts.

State legislature recommends 82 percent cut to Louisiana State University budget

Board of Regents considers privatization

By E.P. Bannon, 3 April 2015

The proposed cuts, if passed, will be the largest budget reduction to any state university system in history.

Sri Lankan police crackdown on protesting students

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 3 April 2015

The police attack on university students makes clear that the Sirisena government is rapidly moving to impose new austerity measures.

Boston School Committee approves austerity budget, school closures

By John Marion, 27 March 2015

Virtually no aspect of children’s education will be left untouched by the budget unanimously approved Wednesday.

The political issues in the fight to defend education

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 25 March 2015

The following statement is being distributed by members of the IYSSE at “day of action” rallies called by the National Union of Students in Australia on Wednesday.

Fraternity banned, students expelled from University of Oklahoma after racist video appears online

By Nick Barrickman, 11 March 2015

Sigma Alpha Epsilon, which has historical ties to the antebellum South, has been involved in a rash of incidents of a reactionary character.

Obama administration arranges deal

Collection agency buys Corinthian Colleges chain

By Nancy Hanover, 11 March 2015

The Obama administration has brokered the sale of career-college chain Corinthian (CCI) to ECMC, a ruthless student loan collection agency.

Ten thousand education workers strike at two Toronto universities

By Carl Bronski, 4 March 2015

Teaching assistants and contract instructors have gone on strike at Toronto’s principal universities, York and University of Toronto.

What is the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren?

Unions, Democrats and Republicans form school privatization group

By Debra Watson and Nancy Hanover, 21 January 2015

As Detroit emerges from bankruptcy, Democratic and Republican politicians are now turning their attention to further privatizing public education in the impoverished city.

Two New Orleans charter schools vote to return to local oversight

By Tom Hall, 8 January 2015

Far from being a return to “local control,” the schools’ decision means the further consolidation of the charter school system over New Orleans education.

British and German youth orchestras celebrate 100 years of jazz

By Barbara Slaughter, 11 December 2014

These talented young musicians came together to celebrate “Freedom and Friendship: A Century of Jazz.”

“A permanent Third World in America”

Child homelessness at all-time high in US

By Niles Williamson, 18 November 2014

A record 2.5 million American children were homeless last year amidst what the Obama administration has insisted is an economic recovery.

French students protest police murder of Rémi Fraisse

By Francis Dubois, 12 November 2014

Thousands of school pupils demonstrated in several cities and blockaded dozens of high schools across France.

Australia: Vocation Ltd affair exposes impact of privatisation

By Oliver Campbell, 12 November 2014

Thousands of students have been corralled into low-quality courses provided by private operators that are effectively funded by governments.

The best of all possible worlds?

Students respond to Obama’s claim that this is the “best time in human history”

By Seraphine Collins and Jeff Lusanne, 7 November 2014

The WSWS asked Michigan college students to respond to President Barack Obama’s claim that this is the best time in human history for young people.

State education cuts reduce share of low-income students going to college

By Kevin Martinez, 5 November 2014

State funding for higher education has fallen 17 percent between 2008 and 2012, after adjusting for inflation.

Pennsylvania 10-year-old still behind bars on murder charge

By Tom Eley, 23 October 2014

The child has been held in an isolation cell at Wayne County Correctional Facility in Honesdale, Pennsylvania since October 11.

Mexico’s disappeared students

By Bill Van Auken, 22 October 2014

The disappearance of the 43 students in the southern state of Guerrero is bound up with the rising inequality and savage violence that go hand in hand with Mexico’s free market “reforms.”

Teaching war: Australian government targets primary school students

By Susan Allan, 22 October 2014

Australian authorities are distributing patriotic war propaganda among school children as part of the official World War I centenary commemorations.

Scholarship instead of war propaganda! IYSSE statement on the dispute at Humboldt University

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 18 October 2014

The IYSSE is seeking to prevent Berlin’s Humboldt University from once again becoming a centre of militarism and dictatorship.

San Diego suicides reach highest reported number in 2013

By Archie Stone and Toby Reese, 8 October 2014

A recent report from the San Diego Suicide Prevention Council noted a 20 percent increase in suicides over the past six years.

The social crisis behind the rise in Chicago street violence

By Chris Davion and Jeff Lusanne, 16 September 2014

The hopelessness that violence and gang activity ultimately reflect can be understood only in relationship to the historical decline in working-class living standards in Chicago.

Police lock down Maryland school after suspension of teacher

By Nick Barrickman, 3 September 2014

The teacher, Patrick McLaw, who wrote a science fiction novel depicting a school massacre, was placed on administrative leave.

Obama administration launches new attack on teachers

By Isabelle Belanger, 29 August 2014

The Obama administration’s initiative, Excellent Educators for All, announced this summer marks a new stage in the assault on teachers and public education.

Nearly one quarter of US children in poverty

By Andre Damon, 23 July 2014

A report published Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation notes that 16.3 million children live in poverty in the US.

Illinois lawsuits allege fraud by student debt settlement companies

By Khara Sikhan, 19 July 2014

Student debt settlement companies used fraudulent means to convince young people to pay them large fees to obtain fictitious debt relief, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Amid fraud investigations in twenty states

For-profit education chain Corinthian College implodes

By Nancy Hanover, 12 July 2014

Corinthian College plans to sell or close its colleges and trades schools, affecting 72,000 students in the US and Canada.

“Children are being sacrificed to save money”—striking British Columbia teacher

By a WSWS reporter, 12 July 2014

Forty-one thousand British Columbia teachers—now in their fourth week of a province-wide strike—are challenging the provincial government’s decade-long assault on public education.

A student’s perspective on the testing culture in America’s schools

Movie Review: LISTEN — the Film, by Ankur Singh

By Phyllis Scherrer, 4 July 2014

A review of Ankur Singh’s documentary on the impact of high-stakes testing on students.

Federal student loan interest rates increase by nearly 1 percent this month

By Gabriel Black, 3 July 2014

On July 1, the interest rates for federal student loans grew by almost one percent, adding to the already intolerable burden of student debt on young people.

US students and graduates speak on the burden of college debt

By Khara Sikhan and Matthew MacEgan, 3 July 2014

Forty percent of young people in the US call their student debt “overwhelming, ” according to a survey published by Wells Fargo last month.

UK: Labour Party targets unemployed youth for benefit withdrawal

By Joe Mount, 1 July 2014

The punitive policy means that youth without A-levels or equivalent qualifications would lose their income unless they enroll in vocational training courses.

Chicago Public Schools lays off 1,150 workers

By Kristina Betinis, 27 June 2014

The layoffs affect more than 500 teachers and 650 assistants and school staff, in the latest attack on public education.

Pennsylvania school district contract to cut 15 percent of teachers

By Phyllis Scherrer, 27 June 2014

The Wilkinsburg Education Association has accepted a contract that will lay off 15 percent of district teachers.

New Orleans Recovery School District set to convert entirely to charter schools

By Nick Barrickman, 4 June 2014

With the closing of its last five traditional public schools, New Orleans is set to become the largest city in the US with an all charter school district.

Education cuts in Fleming County, Kentucky

By Milo Proteus, 31 May 2014

The state has intervened to impose dramatic cuts, including the elimination of teaching positions and the removal of a high school principal.

Protests force Condoleezza Rice to skip Rutgers University commencement speech

By Philip Guelpa, 10 May 2014

The selection of Rice sparked a strong reaction in the university community due to her role in the launching the Iraq war and the torture policies of the Bush administration.

Andre Damon: Young people must fight for the socialist future

By Andre Damon, 10 May 2014

We are publishing here the text of the speech given by Andre Damon, national secretary of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), to the International Online May Day Rally hosted by the International Committee of the Fourth International and the WSWS on Sunday, May 4.
Link to audio

UK student debt crisis intensifies

By Joe Mount, 26 April 2014

Graduates in the UK are expected to have an average of £66,897 to pay for higher education tuition according to a recent study.

Governor Cuomo spearheads attack on New York City public schools

By Fred Mazelis, 15 April 2014

The recent budget deal revealed the role of the charter school movement and the Democratic Party.

Argentina: Tens of thousands of striking teachers protest in La Plata

By Rafael Azul, 21 March 2014

As inflation rages in the country, teachers in five provinces are on strike over cost of living increases.

Latino immigrants robbed by police during traffic stops in suburban New York

By a reporter, 8 March 2014

The accusation of police misconduct is the latest example of racial profiling and anti-immigrant bigotry encouraged by the authorities.

Australia: New school curriculum to promote war and nationalism

By Patrick O’Connor, 14 January 2014

The education minister said he wants the syllabus “to celebrate Australia.”

Surveys of British youth find growing anger and despair

By Julie Hyland, 8 January 2014

Widespread discontent and alienation amongst the young in the UK is the ultimate source of the August 2011 riots and the repression meted out by the authorities.

US college executive pay soars along with student debt

By Matthew MacEgan, 18 December 2013

While over 40 college presidents took in more than $1 million each in 2011, today’s average college graduate shoulders $29,000 in student loan debt.

Four out of ten recent college graduates say they are underemployed

By E.P. Bannon, 2 December 2013

Forty-one percent of people who graduated from college during the past two years said they were underemployed or working in jobs that do not require their degree.

Hidden-camera footage shows police attempt to spy on UK students

By Jordan Shilton, 23 November 2013

The Guardian newspaper published secretly-filmed footage showing an attempt by police to recruit an activist to spy on political organisations and protest groups at Cambridge University.

European youth unemployment: “A public health time bomb waiting to explode”

By Ajanta Silva, 21 November 2013

A new report on social inequality in Europe confirms that adverse health conditions are determined by power, money and resource inequities.

US Census: Mobility among young adults at 50-year low

By Bryan Dyne, 19 November 2013

Growing numbers of young adults in the US are unable to start families, pursue careers or purchase homes.

European unemployment hits new high

By Stefan Steinberg, 2 November 2013

According to new figures issued by the Eurostat data agency, unemployment across the 17-country euro zone hit a record 12.2 percent in September.

Mass student protests in France against deportation of Roma schoolgirl

By Antoine Lerougetel, 22 October 2013

The brutality of the seizure of Leonarda triggered social opposition that had been fermenting under the surface for a long time.

Police detain students, teachers suspected of cheating in Romanian school

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 1 August 2013

Police held students and teachers at Dimitrie Bolintineanu High School in Bucharest during the national baccalaureate exams and detained them on suspicion of cheating.

US student loan interest rate doubles

By Zac Corrigan, 2 July 2013

The interest rate on subsidized Stafford loans doubled on Monday, rising from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

The EU’s fraudulent “call to action” on youth unemployment

By Peter Schwarz, 29 June 2013

The European Union’s “Call to Action on Youth Unemployment” is a travesty that only underscores the fact that an entire generation has no future in a capitalist Europe.

A political answer to youth unemployment in Europe

By Christoph Vandreier—parliamentary candidate of the Socialist Equality Party in Germany (PSG), 21 June 2013

The real state of any society finds its clearest expression in the perspective it offers youth. The relentless rise of youth unemployment in Europe further demonstrates the bankruptcy of the capitalist system.

New York City: Students protest Cooper Union’s plan to charge tuition

By A. Woodson, 13 May 2013

Students began a sit-in to protest the imposition of tuition at one of the few remaining free institutions of higher learning in the US.

Average US student debt tops $20,000

By Zac Corrigan, 27 April 2013

The percentage of 25-year-olds with student debt has grown by nearly one third, and the average amount owed has risen by 91 percent.

Wall Street turns profit in student loan debt

By Nancy Hanover, 11 March 2013

Student loan debt securities are in hot demand from investors, as student debt levels reach new highs. Sequester cuts will add to the burden.

Desperate US students seek “arrangements”

By Nancy Hanover, 31 January 2013

There has been an explosive growth of a new business model organized by a variety of exploitive American entrepreneurs.

Exposure of sex-for-fees web site underscores UK student poverty

By Aidan Claire and Joe Mount, 15 January 2013

The Independent reports on the existence of a web site offering students up to £15,000 a year to have sex with its clients.