This blog is devoted to exploring the issues that keep university adjunct instructors spinning their wheels, but not getting very far, but there does come a time when the BIG PICTURE raises its ugly head and we have to take notice. Well, March 4 is the day the national spotlight will be aimed at that ugly, 9-headed Medusa we call Public Education in this country, thanks to:
March 4 National Day of Action to Defend Education
Here's an excerpt from the web page linked above:
"As people throughout the country struggle under the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, public education from pre-K to higher and adult education is threatened by budget cuts, layoffs, privatization, tuition and fee increases, and other attacks. Budget cuts degrade the quality of public education by decreasing student services and increasing class size, while tuition hikes and layoffs force the cost of the recession onto students and teachers and off of the financial institutions that caused the recession in the first place. Non-unionized charter schools threaten to divide, weaken and privatize the public school system and damage teachers’ unions, which are needed now more than ever. More and more students are going deep into debt to finance their education, while high unemployment forces many students and youth to join the military to receive a higher education. And all of the attacks described above have hit working people and people of color the hardest."
It goes without saying, adjuncts have a stake in the BIG PICTURE, so check out the web link above to have your say. We're not alone in this one!