Pedagogy for a Survivable Future – Our Educational Systems
Had Better Change If We Expect to Survive
In 1993 William Greider published a book entitled:“Who Will Tell the People?” in which he exposed the multiple ways in which corporations and government authorities systematically subverted democratic institutions and marginalized the public to cut privileged deals for the sake of private profit and the appearance of streamlined government. Agreements were routinely made through what became known as a process of “deep lobbying” whereby corporations and those government agencies that were supposed to regulate them would meet behind closed doors and “negotiate” deals.
At the time, there seemed to be virtually no qualms about these procedures among those concluding these sweet-heart deals. The only major question after these corrupt agreements had been reached was: “Who would tell the public?” That is, who was going to be given the task to spin out the narrative to dupe the people into believing that their best interests – and, of course, the good of the economy and the country — had been served?
Three decades after Greider’s book we now find ourselves in essentially the same dilemma on a massive, inter-generational scale across all cultures. Although it is widely acknowledged by rational minds around the world that unfettered capitalism is now launched on a suicidal trajectory for humankind, the question for us has become simply: who will tell the children?
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In this introduction to the special issue on decolonizing African Studies, we discuss some of the epicolonial dynamics that characterize much of higher education and knowledge production in, of, with, and for Africa. Decolonizing, we argue, is best understood as a verb that entails a political and normative ethic and practice of resistance and intentional undoing – unlearning and dismantling unjust practices, assumptions, and institutions – as well as persistent positive action to create and build alternative spaces and ways of knowing. We present four dimesions of decolonizing work: structural, epistemic, personal, and relational, which are entangled and equally necessary. We offer the Black Academic Caucus at the University of Cape Town as an example of how these dimensions can come to life, and introduce the contributions in this special issue (the first of a two-part series) that illuminate other sites and dimensions of decolonizing.
Published on Apr 1, 2021
Brazil now accounts for about a quarter of all COVID-19 daily deaths worldwide, more than any other country, and its overall death toll of more than 310,000 is surpassed only by the United States. Far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro faces intense pressure to abandon his opposition to vaccinations, lockdowns and mask-wearing. Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, professor of neurobiology at Duke University and former coordinator of the largest scientific COVID-19 task force in Brazil, says Bolsonaro “has played on the side of the virus” by opposing any efforts to control the outbreak. “Since the beginning, he downplayed the severity of the pandemic.”
ABC News In-depth – Oct 9, 2018
Four Corners investigates the secret tactics used by global chemical giant #Monsanto to protect its billion-dollar business and its star product — the weed killer, #Roundup. Read more here: https://ab.co/2C0kyTD