Youth and the Social Crisis
By Kayla Costa and Genevieve Leigh, 21 April 2017
The decision to halt plans for a single vendor to service student loans, a process started under Obama, marks an escalation of the attack on public education and indebted students.
By Bryan Dyne, 31 March 2017
A recent study by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab found that 13 percent of community college students in the US are homeless.
By Naomi Spencer, 17 February 2017
Last week, Louisville reported 151 overdoses over four days, 52 of them within a 32-hour period.
By Alice Summers, 13 February 2017
The claim that raising fees is intended to improve educational standards and options for students is a barefaced lie aimed at covering over the continued attack on education.
By Shelley Connor, 11 February 2017
The number of children living in families with incomes below twice the federal poverty level has increased one percentage point since 2009, the official start of the “economic recovery.”
By Jerry White, 10 February 2017
Nowhere in the realm of domestic policy is the continuity between Trump and previous administrations seen more than in the assault on public education conducted by both parties.
By our reporters, 8 February 2017
The strong support provides a powerful rebuttal to NYU’s anti-democratic decision denying the group club status last semester.
By Kumaran Ira, 7 February 2017
Four police officers have been charged with assaulting an innocent 22-year-old in a working-class suburb of Paris.
By Steve Light, 7 February 2017
The effects of record homelessness on children in New York City are compounded by inadequate resources for public schools.
By Seb Gomez, 24 January 2017
Student loan collector Navient faces allegations of misleading borrowers and other illegal practices that increased the loan repayment costs for millions.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (United States), 17 January 2017
As the new year begins, students across the country are confronted with a basic problem: they do not have enough money for food.
By Shelley Connor, 16 January 2017
While the media glowingly reviews Obama’s legacy over the last eight years, sobering reports point to significant declines in living standards among young people.
By Naomi Spencer, 28 December 2016
The increase coincides with the deepening of poverty and an explosion of painkiller and heroin use in the United States.
By Nick Barrickman, 22 December 2016
Recent reports reveal that homeownership levels for young people have dropped to record lows in the years following the 2008 financial crisis.
By Matthew MacEgan, 14 December 2016
A new report shows that more than 400 universities across the United States now have food pantries to help financially distressed students get the nutrition they need.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 October 2016
The article, though written in a satirical tone, is part of a campaign against the supposed lifestyle indulgences of the younger generation.
By Genevieve Leigh, 17 October 2016
A recent study conducted by the Black Youth Project at University of Chicago reveals the precarious financial situation for the layer of the population 18 to 30 years old.
By Kathleen Martin, 14 September 2016
A recent report by Indeed Hiring Lab reveals the bleak reality of the employment outlook for young workers.
By Kate Randall, 13 September 2016
As two new reports document the shocking consequences of food insecurity, the social disaster in America is being ignored in the elections and the contest between Clinton and Trump.
By Erin Cooke, 13 September 2016
Media reports have revealed a state Labor government coverup of the violent mistreatment of teenage detainees.
By Nick Barrickman, 8 September 2016
The closure of the for-profit school’s 130 US-based campuses came after an investigation questioned the institution’s organizational integrity, financial viability and academic standards.
By Tom Peters and Chris Ross, 29 August 2016
Despite its highly conditional pledges, Labour has no intention of reducing ballooning debt and poverty among students.
By Niles Niemuth, 27 August 2016
According to an International Labor Organization report, the number of unemployed young people ages 15 to 24 will rise to 71 million this year.
Join the IYSSE! Join the fight against war, inequality and the danger of dictatorship! Join the fight for socialism!
Statement of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality
27 August 2016
The following statement by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US) is being distributed at campuses throughout the country.
By Jessica Goldstein, 26 August 2016
The disturbing findings of the Indiana study point to the impact of the economic crisis on working people.
By Oscar Grenfell, 23 August 2016
The corporate elite is calling for universities to be subordinated ever-more directly to the immediate profit needs of big business.
By Naomi Spencer, 18 August 2016
Emergency responders revived 26 people Monday afternoon after an adulterated batch of heroin hit Huntington, West Virginia.
By Matthew Brennan, 13 August 2016
The decision by Moraine Valley Community College to drop segregated college-readiness courses, after an initial defense by school officials, came amid criticism from students and parents.
By Benjamin Trent and Paul Mitchell, 4 August 2016
More than 1.3 million schoolchildren in England—15 percent of the total—have been identified as needing special educational needs and disabilities support.
By Mike Head, 4 August 2016
Concerted efforts are being made to divert the outrage over the Northern Territory abuses behind claims that the violence can be attributed solely to racism.
By Mike Head, 2 August 2016
The revamp is a bid to head off the widespread hostility to the royal commission by putting an Aboriginal face on the inquiry, whose assigned task is to whitewash the abuses.
By our reporters, 1 August 2016
Rally organisers, from Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance, channeled the deeply-felt anger and disgust into divisive black nationalism.
By Jason Melanovski, 9 July 2016
While the budget would keep high schools open for another year, deep cuts to programs and staff will continue.
By Kevin Martinez, 6 July 2016
The study, the first of its kind at a public university, estimated that almost 1 in 10 CSU students were homeless while another 1 in 5 were hungry.
By Alice Summers, 1 July 2016
The right-wing nature of the disaffiliation campaigns is plain to see from the heavy involvement of the Conservative Party.
By our reporter, 23 June 2016
Fulgenzi was invited to give a presentation to Year 11 politics students and participated in a lively question-and-answer session that followed.
By Evan Blake, 4 June 2016
The US economy added only 38,000 jobs in May, the fewest since 2010, in another indication of the persistent slump gripping the US economy.
By George Gallanis and George Marlowe, 4 June 2016
After decades of robust industry and manufacturing, the city now faces rising unemployment, poverty and social misery.
By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for vice president, 26 May 2016
A Pew report released on the share of young people living with their parents sheds new light on the difficulties facing millions who are barely scraping by.
By Nancy Hanover, 5 May 2016
The Detroit teachers union shut down a two-day sickout as Michigan legislators debated new attacks under the guise of “rescuing” the public schools.
By Evan Blake, 21 April 2016
The revelation underscores the reactionary character of the campus administration.
By Johanna Proust, 22 March 2016
Since the 2008 financial crisis, US colleges have opened food pantries due to increased tuition costs, reductions in grants and increased numbers of food-insecure students.
By Nick Barrickman, 15 March 2016
Drawing on income statistics from eight of the world’s 15 most advanced economies, the series paints a picture of dimming social prospects for young people.
By Alice Summers, 18 February 2016
Local government spending on youth services has been slashed by more than a third since 2011.
By George Gallanis, 1 February 2016
In the past decade, Chicago’s youth and young adults have seen a steady increase in unemployment, and with it social misery.
By E.P. Bannon, 28 January 2016
Leaders of the group, We the Students, at Cass Technical High School in Detroit explained the reasons behind their student walkout on Monday.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 22 January 2016
The IYSSE won significant support in the student parliament election at Berlin’s Humboldt University on the basis of opposition to militarism, xenophobia and right-wing historical revisionism.
By Fred Mazelis, 14 December 2015
A new book provides a case study on the nature of the “school reform” movement and the attacks on public education.
By Marko Leone, 4 December 2015
There is strong discontent amongst the faculty after years of minimal pay raises that failed to compensate for inflation, or no raises at all, and the recent imposition of furloughs.
By Joyce Smith, 4 December 2015
The OU is the largest academic institution in the UK and Europe by student number.
By Gabriel Black, 2 October 2015
Multiple students were killed and many more injured after a young man opened fire at Umpqua Community College.
By Isaac Finn, 2 October 2015
The withdrawal of a lawsuit against the college leaves the issue of free tuition unresolved.
By David Brown, 22 September 2015
Under pressure from the union, teachers in Seattle have accepted a sellout contract as other school districts continue to strike.
By Joe Williams and Nick Barrickman, 18 September 2015
The head of the budget task force promoted the meetings on the cutting of vital school programs as a demonstration of “transparency” by the school system.
11 September 2015
The IYSSE in Germany has written a letter of protest to the University of Melbourne Clubs & Societies Committee over its refusal to affiliate the IYSSE as a club.
By Nancy Hanover and Lawrence Porter, 8 September 2015
Teachers and staff in the port city of Chester, Pennsylvania voted to return to the classroom despite the inability of the school district to pay them.
By Joe Williams, 28 August 2015
University of Virginia student Martese Johnson was violently assaulted in March after being falsely accused of having a fake ID.
By Kristina Betinis, 14 August 2015
The nation’s third largest school district has released an annual budget slashing jobs and spending, and demanding concessions from teachers.
By Debra Watson, 3 August 2015
Child poverty in Michigan exceeds the deplorable national average of 22 percent.
By Tom Hall, 22 July 2015
Three million more American children were in poverty in 2013 than at the height of the 2008 financial crisis.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 20 July 2015
Sebastian Kempkens, the editor of a university magazine published by Der Spiegel, has joined the media chorus denouncing anti-militarist students at Humboldt University.
By Trent Novak, 15 July 2015
One in four young people in Greece and Spain is “neither employed nor in education or training.”
By Andre Damon, 9 July 2015
The prevalence of “Depression-era” youth unemployment goes virtually unmentioned by the American corporate media and political establishment.
By Andre Damon, 8 June 2015
Despite polls showing overwhelming popular opposition to social inequality, these sentiments find no genuine expression in official US politics.
By Niles Williamson, 13 May 2015
The killing of teenager Tony Robinson by Madison police officer Matt Kenny on March 6 had generated student walkouts and protests by thousands of workers and youth.
“Part 2” of the Detroit bankruptcy
By Nancy Hanover, 2 May 2015
The governor’s plan to reorganize Detroit Public Schools is the most ambitious structural overhaul of public education since the all-charter school district was established in New Orleans.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By John Marion, 27 March 2015
Virtually no aspect of children’s education will be left untouched by the budget unanimously approved Wednesday.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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”
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.
By Francis Dubois, 12 November 2014
Thousands of school pupils demonstrated in several cities and blockaded dozens of high schools across France.
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?
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.
By Kevin Martinez, 5 November 2014
State funding for higher education has fallen 17 percent between 2008 and 2012, after adjusting for inflation.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.