Call out for Global Wave of Action for Free Education November 17th – 23rd 2013

The International Student Movement published the following call on their website: “We are calling for a Global Wave of Action for Free Education. The International Student Movement (ISM) is a platform consisting of many individuals and groups from different parts of the world. A group of students associated with the ISM came together during a series of chat meetings and decided to call for a coordinated action worldwide. We will UNITE in solidarity, because no matter where we live, we face the same struggle against the state and profit-driven interests, and their hold on education. Increasing tuition fees, budget cuts, outsourcing, school closures, as well as other phenomena are linked to an increasing commercialization and privatization of education. Only by uniting globally will we be able to overcome these obstacles and enable free emancipatory education for all.

We are all struggling against cuts in education. Most of us are drowning in student debt. These debts, constructed by the individualistic notion of “investing in one’s own future”, will have to be re-paid by selling our future labor. The increasing pressure to perform is sickening and the restrictions on education and ever-increasing tuition fees, among other barriers, have become predatory and must be resisted! Everyone should have equal access to education no matter their socioeconomic status.

We are all people affected by the increasing commodification and commercialization of education. This is vividly portrayed by the symptoms affecting us, such as schools and universities being de-democratized and the further implementation of more hierarchical structures. The education market and competition between institutions is being facilitated by governments around the world, which are increasingly privatizing education, health care, and all other social needs.
The education market and national states require that competitiveness and profits take priority over developing the capabilities for emancipatory thinking. Both depend on consumers, cheap labor and “consent of the governed”; not emancipated individuals living self-determined lives. These circumstances obstruct us from attaining free education and an accompanying environment in which people are stimulated in the development of critical thinking. By contrast, the present system which is shaped by state and profit-driven interests, educates us solely within the boundaries of what is compatible with the current capitalist paradigm.

As a result, education systems consist mainly of training factories which seek to produce human capital for the exploitation of the labour market as well as knowledge to be commodified. To point out these links and interrupt this mode of production we herewith call for students, staff, teachers and parents as well as everyone else identifying with the struggle to get organized and unite worldwide by participating in the Global Wave of Action for Free Education!

Fight back! Join in the Global Wave of Action for Free Education! Out of the classrooms and into the streets. #1world1struggle
Send an email to the ISM Admin Collective [], if you endorse this Call to Action.
And make sure to subscribe to the global ISM mailing list and consider to participate in the next chat meeting, if you want to connect with fellow activists around the world and get involved in the coordinations of the Global Wave of Action for Free Education on the global level.
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