September 2017


Bad education

Do you ever get that ‘I wish I’d been a teacher’ moment? In this September magazine by co-editor Hazel Healy, we look at how the noble endeavour of education is under threat from powerful business interests, while introducing you to those working to take things in a different direction.







Stories making the news this month
6 Slum residents trampled in Lagos
6 No more arms for Saudis?
7 The dirty truth about viscose
7 Introducing Moon Jae-in
7 Growers fear impact of RCEP trade deal
8 A ‘fresh lens’ on climate change
8 Community action for affordable London homes
9 From Argentina’s fracking frontline
9 A week of LGBT+ equality gains
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by cartoonist Simon Kneebone and Reasons to be Cheerful.

The Big Story -
Bad education

10 Back to the drawing board
The Right has captured education. Hazel Healy looks at the political implications.

14 Leave no one behind?
An update on the movement for universal education

16 Education for all - THE FACTS

18 Will Google take over the classroom?
Tamasin Cave reports on the powerful tech players pushing for radical changes in schools.

20 Between a shark and the deep sea
Patience Akumu considers the impact of low-cost private Bridge schools in Uganda.

22 Fatal attraction
Why the West must stop copying China’s flawed education system, by Yong Zhao.

25 How do you keep schools open in a war zone?
Sawsan Al-Refaei reports on the courageous efforts of teachers in Yemen.

26 Back on track
How second-chance schooling turned things around for Nyanrror Teresa Marial.

27 Revolution in the classroom
Monica del Pilar Uribe Marin praises Colombia’s best-known pedagogical export, Escuela Nueva.

30 When the police are paid by the mine
Stephanie Boyd reports on Peru’s growing trend of private corporations hiring public law enforcers to protect their interests.

36 Mark Engler
Revisiting ACT UP ? America’s bold fight against AIDS.
37 Chris Coltrane
Er... what is neoliberalism, exactly?
PLUS: Polyp’s Big Bad World cartoon.n.

Mixed media
32 Film reviews
In Between (Bar Bahar) directed and written by Maysaloun Hamoud; Quest directed by Jonathan Olshefski.
33 Music reviews
?Donde estas Maria? by Meridian Brothers; Strangers by The Young’uns.
34 Book reviews
Democracy in Chains by Nancy MacLean; Kingdom Cons by Yuri Herrera, translated by Lisa Dillman; Art Sex Music by Cosey Fanni Tutti; Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic edited by Lynn Gaspard.

4 Letters
PLUS: Open Window, with guest cartoonist Rodrigo de Matos from Macau.
5 Letter from Cochabamba
For many Bolivians, life in the wealthy West is an irresistible dream as Amy Booth discovers.
28 Country Profile: Mongolia
38 And Finally
Tunisian singer Emel talks to Graeme Green about hope, helplessness and the Arab Spring.




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