French Government Gives Crumbs in Response to Historic Education Strike. The Mobilizations Must Continue and Expand!
Tens of thousands of education workers, students, and parents, took to the streets across France on Thursday, January 13. The government is trying to calm the anger with crumbs, but the chaotic Covid-19 protocols and lack of resources remain unchanged. It’s time to keep up the mobilizations and demand that the unions create a battle plan going forward that will involve the entire working class.
Cécile ManchetteJanuary 15, 2022
Massive Strike in France Against the Government’s Covid-19 Protocols for Schools
Tens of thousands of public education workers across France took to the streets on Thursday, January 13, in a nationwide strike against the government’s “chaotic” Covid-19 policies that are pushing responsibility for fighting the virus onto parents while keeping schools open as “daycare” for the country’s capitalists.
Tristane ChalaiseJanuary 14, 2022
“No One Is Coming to Save Us”: Brooklyn Teachers Organize Sickout
Teachers at a Brooklyn middle school organized a sickout in response to the surge in Omicron cases. We interviewed one teacher who emphasizes the importance of education workers having the agency to determine whether their workplaces are safe.
Left VoiceJanuary 10, 2022
Unsafe School Reopenings Aren’t About Kids. They’re About Capitalist Profits.
As Omicron surges across the country, capitalists are trying to get things “back to normal” at all costs. Unsafe school reopenings have nothing to do with students; they have everything to do with keeping the capitalist economy running.
Tatiana CozzarelliJanuary 8, 2022
A Neoliberal Onslaught and a Pandemic: My Experience as a Teaching Assistant at a NYC Charter School
Working as a teacher’s assistant in New York City during the ongoing neoliberal assault on the education system and a pandemic makes viscerally clear why there’s a teacher shortage: the work is as bad and precarious as in many factories.
Carmin MaffeaDecember 18, 2021
Cancel Student Debt Now
The Biden administration has confirmed there will be no extension on the student loan moratorium, with repayments set to restart February 1, 2022. The working class should fight not just for extension of the moratorium, but what has always been needed: education as a right that is not commodified. We need a movement to demand the elimination of student debt altogether, along with free public college and university education for all who want it.
Mike PappasDecember 16, 2021
Dear Columbia: Denying Student Workers Healthcare and a Living Wage Is the Real Violence
Columbia University’s administration has denounced the “violence” at this week’s completely peaceful picket by student workers. Do not be fooled: the real violence is the university denying student workers healthcare, a living wage, and neutral third-party arbitration.
Mike PappasDecember 10, 2021
Wealthy Liberal Arts Colleges Are Exploiting International Students for Cheap Teaching Labor
Left Voice spoke to a teacher at Grinnell College about the working conditions of the severely underpaid “language assistants,” student workers who teach for-credit classes. Such practices are widespread across the United States.
Olivia WoodNovember 9, 2021
Call For Submissions: Teaching Under the Delta Variant
Schools and universities across the United States have reopened for the fall for the second time in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. We are asking for submissions from education workers and students on what this dangerous and ill-conceived reopening means to them. Send us your stories and testimonials at [email protected]
Left VoiceSeptember 15, 2021
Crowded NYC Schools Poised to Increase Spread of Delta Variant
Determined to ignore the dangers of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and force people to return to in-person work, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio refuses to offer any remote option for children and parents who continue to fear for their health. This all but ensures a surge in the spread of new contagious and vaccine-resistant variants of the virus when the school year begins on Monday.
Francesca GomesSeptember 8, 2021