Friday, April 18, 2014

My concise definition of institutional education

Institutionally imposed "study" is unpaid forced labour done by adults and minors. It is as dehumanizing as any regime of forced labour, and it is not only unpaid but it imposes life-long personal debt and health deterioration. Its ancillary benefits (socializing) are only tolerated as a necessary management allowance.

Links to Denis Rancourt's essays about the student condition and student liberation HERE.

Links to Denis Rancourt's essays about the student condition and student liberation

Plato as the post-60s student: Rancourt’s only chance? (2009)

Need for and Practice of Student Liberation (2010)

University Student for Sale (2010)

Concrete Accomplishments of Student Activism of the 1960s (2011)

Student liberation as an integral part of civil guerrilla warfare - audio lecture, in English and Spanish (2011)

Students: Plan your escape from academia before you enter it (2012)

CLASSE analysis of Quebec student movement tactics (2012)

Adult university students are entrapped unpaid workers, captured and broken by institutional schooling (2014)

Adult students please get real (2015)
Etudiants(es), soyez sérieux(ses) ... (2015)

Predicting the next juvenile revolution (2015)
Predicting the next juvenile revolution (2015) (on Dissident Voice)

And on transforming education:

ACADEMIC SQUATTING - A democratic method of curriculum development (2007)

How to not teach physics (2012)

On the sacred space of the university classroom (2009)

Can we be neutral on the question of affirmative action in the hiring of university professors? -- A radical perspective (2015)

Manufactured ignorance is a primary function of public education (or, how the world economy really works) (2017)

Media interviews and reviews:

TVO interview (2009)

Interview with Evita Ochel (Evolving Beings) (2013)

Interview with Julia Tourianski (Brave The World) (2015)

"No grades in higher education now!" -- The academic freedom case of Denis Rancourt inspires leading education research -- But is the revolution any closer? (2015)
No Grades in Higher Education Now! Is the revolution any closer? (2015) (Dissident Voice version)

Other social theory essays by Denis Rancourt HERE and HERE.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Defamation law must be abolished -- Join the effort to abolish defamation law

Defamation law can't be fixed. It is the only common law tort (cause of action) that presumes guilt. It is a legal abomination, a persistent residue from Star-Chamber England.

Other torts are enough. This one must go.

Read this report published by the Ontario Civil Liberties Association:

OCLA position paper on Bill 83 – The tort of defamation must be abolished in Ontario

Listen to this radio interview on The Corbett Report:

Interview 862 – Denis Rancourt Dissects the Tort of Defamation

Public pressure and civil society can cause governments to legislate this abhorrent stain out of the courtrooms of free and democratic nations.

For a start, join OCLA, and join the OCLA Facebook group and follow OCLA on Twitter.