Time and Tide — and Twitter Trends — Wait for None

By Diana Skelton (France) The oppressed have been silenced and unheard for as long as oppression has existed. But the rapid changes in communications in recent years are transforming the nature of what it means to be unheard. Before social media, public discourse about poverty and injustice remained highly controlled: by publishing magnates, professional lobbyists,…

Fight Poverty, Not Immigrants

By Matt Davies (Mexico) News of President Obama’s call for more federal funding to tackle the “humanitarian crisis” of child migrants has attracted a lot of media attention. The US Department of Homeland Security has apprehended 52,000 unaccompanied child migrants crossing the border since last October. What seems to have driven the recent increase in…

When Books Echo in the Street

By Magdalena Macinska (Poland) What happens when you bring books and reading to a public space? I asked myself this question during “The Big Book Festival” in Warsaw. It is a festival which offers many events around books and reading. One of its peak moments the event this year was a reading marathon, during which…

Poverty and Shame in the UK (VIDEO)

by Elaine Chase and Robert Walker (United Kingdom) Working with colleagues in China, India, Norway, Pakistan, South Korea and Uganda, we have recently completed research funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in seven countries, including the UK. The study found that shame is an…

More Charter Schools Won’t Educate All Children

By Maureen O’Connor (United States) The proposal to lift the “cap” on charter schools now before the Massachusetts Senate would give more choices to some parents and fewer choices to others. There is no evidence that it would shrink the achievement gap. The proposed “caplift” applies to one tenth of Massachusetts school districts. Because of…