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Newsmotion - Education http://newsmotion.org/taxonomy/term/16/all en Taking Action to Attract High-Skilled Immigrants, Graduates, and Entrepreneurs http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/taking-action-attract-high-skilled-immigrants-graduates-and-entrepreneurs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Taking Action to Attract High-Skilled Immigrants, Graduates, and Entrepreneurs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 11/25/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The President is taking action, within his legal authority, to <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/immigration/immigration-action">fix our broken immigration system</a>. America needs a 21st century immigration system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants -- and that grows our economy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/11/21/fact-sheet-economic-benefits-fixing-our-broken-immigration-system">According to an analysis</a> by the President&rsquo;s Council of Economic Advisers, the President&rsquo;s executive actions on immigration stand to boost the nation&rsquo;s GDP by $90 billion to $210 billion, while shrinking the Federal deficit by $25 billion over the next ten years. These actions will also increase the productivity and wages of all American workers, not just immigrants.</p> <p>Many of these economic benefits spring from the President&rsquo;s actions to &ldquo;make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy.&rdquo; We need to build on our strengths -- after all, over one-quarter of all U.S.-based Nobel laureates over the past 50 years were foreign-born, and more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or children of immigrants.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/25/taking-action-attract-high-skilled-immigrants-graduates-and-entrepreneurs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/25/taking-action-attract-high-skilled-immigrants-graduates-and-entrepreneurs" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/25/taking-action-attract-high-skilled-imm...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Economy Education Fact Sheet Higher Education Immigration Immigration Action Innovations Jeffrey Zients Jobs Official Perm Startup America The President United States White House Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:10:01 +0000 feed 356453 at http://newsmotion.org EU earmarks $300m a year for Burma http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/eu-earmarks-300m-year-burma <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> EU earmarks $300m a year for Burma </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 11/24/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The European Union (EU) and its partners have pledged more than US$300 million a year to Burma under a strategic cooperation programme from 2014 to 2016, together with loans from EU financial institutions.</p> <p>EU ambassador to Burma Roland Kobia said that EU countries and their partners have made an agreement to give financial support to the country in view of the remarkable progress made under the reform process, according to a report in Burmese state media on Tuesday.</p> <p>Of the annual 250 million euros (€), some €31 million is earmarked for peace-building efforts. President’s Office Minister Soe Thane said that the programme came online on 24 November.</p> <p>“Euro 31 million will also be used for parliament, the 2015 election, the rule of law and the judicial system, management, and a census-taking project,” the <em>Global New Light of Myanmar</em> quoted him saying.</p> <p>Of the remaining funds, €70m per annum is to be appropriated for a rural development programme; €40m for the health sector; €44m for education; €14m for trade and economic development; €5m for human rights issues; €16m for civil societies; and €1m for environmental conservation, the report said.</p> <p>It remains unclear whether the new package supersedes or is in addition to a <strong><a href="https://www.dvb.no/news/eu-pledges-burma-up-to-e90-million-a-year-in-development-assistance-myanmar/34426">€90 million per year package pledged one year ago</a></strong> for rural development, education, governance and peace-building in Burma from 2014 to 2020.</p> <div class="related-box"><h3 class="widget-title fix"><span>Related Stories</span></h3><ul class="widget_wpb_tabs"><li><img width="326" height="231" src="http://www.dvb.no/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/student-protests-326x231.jpg" class="attachment-226x160 wp-post-image" alt="Protesting students pictured in central Rangoon on Sunday, 16 November 2014. (PHOTO: DVB)" /><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/govt-board-offers-to-broker-talks-between-students-and-mps-burma-myanmar/45941"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Govt board offers to broker talks between students and MPs</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/obama-exhilarates-inspires-at-rangoon-university-burma-myanmar/45904"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Obama exhilarates, inspires at Rangoon University</a></li><li><a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/students-rally-against-education-law-burma-myanmar/45891"><i class="icon-caret-right"></i> Students rally against education law</a></li></ul></div> <!-- .related-box --> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.dvb.no/news/eu-earmarks-300m-a-year-for-burma-myanmar/46071">EU earmarks $300m a year for Burma</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.dvb.no">DVB Multimedia Group</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.dvb.no/news/eu-earmarks-300m-a-year-for-burma-myanmar/46071" target="_blank">http://www.dvb.no/news/eu-earmarks-300m-a-year-for-burma-myanmar/46071</a> </div> </div> </div> Burma Citizen Development DVB Education EU European Union Health Lead Story news peace-building Politics Rangoon Roland Kobia rural development Tue, 25 Nov 2014 04:21:42 +0000 feed 355771 at http://newsmotion.org My Once In a Lifetime Experience as a White House Intern http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/my-once-lifetime-experience-white-house-intern <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> My Once In a Lifetime Experience as a White House Intern </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 11/24/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ed. note:&nbsp;Applications are now being accepted for&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships/apply">Summer 2015 White House Internship Program</a>. This blog post introduces readers to Huma Shah, a former intern who worked in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in the summer of 2014. When asked about her internship experience, Huma writes:</p> <p>My internship at the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs showed me that at the crux of public service is a mindset of teamwork and cooperation. From my first day until my last, every moment I spent in the White House was an enriching opportunity to learn, grow, and challenge myself. The internship taught me that every small contribution -- editing a memo, scheduling a phone call, or staffing an event -- truly makes a difference and is appreciated.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/24/my-once-lifetime-experience-white-house-intern" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/24/my-once-lifetime-experience-white-house-intern" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/24/my-once-lifetime-experience-white-hous...</a> </div> </div> </div> Barack Obama Education Grab Bag Huma Shah Inside the White House Larry Hailsham Lawrence Jackson Official Pete Souza Summer Burglass The President Valerie Jarrett White House Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:25:31 +0000 feed 355878 at http://newsmotion.org West Wing Week: 11/21/14 or, "Mingalarbar!" http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/west-wing-week-112114-or-mingalarbar <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> West Wing Week: 11/21/14 or, &quot;Mingalarbar!&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 11/21/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">This week, the President visited Burma for the second time in his presidency, attended the G20 Summit in Australia, worked to expand access to broadband and 21st century technology in our schools, and addressed the nation about the steps he is taking to fix our broken immigration system. That&#39;s November 14th to November 20th or, &quot;Mingalarbar!&quot;</p> <p></p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/21/west-wing-week-112114-or-mingalarbar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/21/west-wing-week-112114-or-mingalarbar" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/21/west-wing-week-112114-or-mingalarbar</a> </div> </div> </div> 2014 Asia-Australia Trip <a href= Adam Garber Asia Pacific Aung San Aung San Suu Australia Australia brisbane Burma Dr. Jill Biden Ebola Education Immigration Immigration Action Inside the White House Jill Biden Mohammed VI Morocco Myanmar Official queensland Rangoon San Suu Kyi The President Tony Abbott White House Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:43:47 +0000 feed 354997 at http://newsmotion.org University Teacher Unpopular with Islamist Hardliners is Killed in Bangladesh http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/university-teacher-unpopular-islamist-hardliners-killed-bangladesh <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> University Teacher Unpopular with Islamist Hardliners is Killed in Bangladesh </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 11/21/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div id="attachment_498674" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/hasanchobighar/11483800264/in/photolist-e4uKi5-iUxriw-dQBWPb-e4ctQg-dhLAjP-7J31jR-iuMtJh-6trybX-7L1iGJ-7J2Zqp-7J2Zsk-gD54BW-7ndjna-7nhdAG-7ndjgX-7J6W9f-7J6W3S-7J2Z1z-7nfN7c-7J6Wd1-q3TJgd-6trwXa-6sjZVQ-9ox22q-4qRHEh-6sjZ8J-6tvFG1-7J6WmJ-7AdHD2-4oFa1z-iuMSPh-dkXcwa-4rQFuR-7J6V8Q-4wMQ2n-7ssjdD-7uazta-7sskwx-4wMQ2g-4oJrxy-d1p4Qs-a4bnnq-9gtVdJ-9jgN5T-9B1hNk-6tE5rx-9otXGF-7J2ZEc-4oHkju-4wS5eh"><img class="size-featured_image_large wp-image-498674" alt="Picture of Rajshahi University Campus in a misty winter morning. Image from Flickr by Kamrul Hasan. December 16, 2013 (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) " src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/11483800264_43fc2116d1_b-800x450.jpg" width="800" height="450" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Picture of Rajshahi University Campus in a misty winter morning. Image from Flickr by Kamrul Hasan. December 16, 2013 (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)</p></div> <p>Professor Shafiul Islam, a professor of sociology in Rajshahi University <a href="http://www.dhakatribune.com/crime/2014/nov/17/cyber-jihadis-claim-second-murder#sthash.VIsutP46.dpuf">was attacked</a>&nbsp;with a machete by unknown assailants outside his home in Rajshahi city on November 15. He died from his injuries in a nearby hospital some hours later. According to <a href="http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/south-asia/story/bangladesh-professor-who-pushed-ban-full-face-veils-hacked-death-police-2">news reports</a>,&nbsp;the professor led a push to ban students wearing full-face veils at his university in 2012, stoking the wrath of Islamist hardliners. The professor argued that full-face veils made it difficult to identify individual students and that they could even&nbsp;be used to cheat on university examinations.&nbsp;</p> <p>Rajshahi is a major urban and industrial centre of North Bengal and is located on the river Padma near Bangladesh-India border. Rajshahi University is a stronghold of the religious political party Jamaat and its student wing Islami Chatra Shibir. Pro-Jamaat newspapers in 2010 <a href="http://www.sahos24.com/english/2014/11/19/1936#sthash.nI09HjyF.dpuf">reported</a> that Shafiul Islam had banned the burqa as the then-chair of the university’s sociology department, a policy that offended religious sentiments among many in the majority-Muslim country. At that time, Shafiul had sent rejoinders to some of those newspapers claiming that he had only expelled one female student from his class because she was cheating using her burqa.</p> <p>A previously unknown Islamist group claimed responsibility for Shafiul&#39;s killing, after opening a Facebook page late on Saturday:</p> <div id="attachment_498447" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ansar-al-Islam-Bangladesh-2/1513828365539641"><img class="size-featured_image_large wp-image-498447" alt="Screenshot of the Facebook page" src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Screen-Shot-2014-11-18-at-2.14.12-am-800x450.png" width="800" height="450" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Screenshot of the Facebook page</p></div> <p>Their status <a href="http://www.thedailybangladesh.com/2014/11/16/ru-professor-murder-ansar-al-islam-claims-responsibility/">reads</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>Our Mujahideens have killed an ‘atheist’ of Rajshahi University who had banned wearing burqa in his department.</p></blockquote> <div id="attachment_498448" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2F1513828365539641%2Fphotos%2Fa.1513832212205923.1073741827.1513828365539641%2F1514017815520696%2F%3Ftype%3D1&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFzyx0ZKpzATMK9DS2YN5yi6tt56Q"><img class="size-featured_image_large wp-image-498448" alt="Threat" src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Screen-Shot-2014-11-18-at-2.15.33-am-800x450.png" width="800" height="450" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Threat</p></div> <p>Public outrage over the assassination has since become palpable both online and off:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Protest rage after <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Jihadist?src=hash">#Jihadist</a> kills pro-sufi university teacher, 3rd secularist teacher to die in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rajshahi?src=hash">#Rajshahi</a> university <a href="http://t.co/tf2IxA6iAK">http://t.co/tf2IxA6iAK</a></p> <p>— SALEEM SAMAD (@saleemsamad) <a href="https://twitter.com/saleemsamad/status/534217290644848640">November 17, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Update: Prof <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SafiulIslamMurder?src=hash">#SafiulIslamMurder</a>: Rajshahi Metropolitan Police commissioner withdrawn <a href="http://t.co/RosuJGWr1N">http://t.co/RosuJGWr1N</a> <a href="http://t.co/yU9j4O56cr">pic.twitter.com/yU9j4O56cr</a></p> <p>— The Daily Star (@dailystarnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/dailystarnews/status/534266443479515137">November 17, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>34 arrested over Rajshahi University teacher murder&#8230;long way to go&#8230; <a href="http://t.co/vpfxDwuLmn">http://t.co/vpfxDwuLmn</a></p> <p>— probirbidhan (@probirbidhan) <a href="https://twitter.com/probirbidhan/status/534304319269781504">November 17, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>According to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dhakatribune.com/crime/2014/nov/18/cyber-jihadists-hint-next-targets">reports</a>,&nbsp;the Facebook page generated more than 2,000 likes from people who appeared to support the killing. In a long status update on November 17, posts on the page hinted at who might be the next targets of the group. One status update gave an exhaustive list of potential targets including university and secondary school faculty, public representatives and local opinion leaders, heads of organisations, judges, lawyers, doctors, intellectuals, journalists, and even actors.</p> <p>After the Facebook page link was published by various media outlets, netizens flagged the page using <a href="https://www.facebook.com/help/263149623790594">Facebook&#39;s abuse reporting system</a>, arguing that it violates the platform&#39;s Community Standards.&nbsp;The first section of Facebook’s Community Standards reads:</p> <blockquote><p>Safety is Facebook&#39;s top priority. We remove content and may escalate to law enforcement when we perceive a genuine risk of physical harm, or a direct threat to public safety. You may not credibly threaten others, or organize acts of real-world violence.</p></blockquote> <p>The Community Standards also address harassment:</p> <blockquote><p>Facebook does not tolerate bullying or harassment. We allow users to speak freely on matters and people of public interest, but take action on all reports of abusive behavior directed at private individuals. Repeatedly targeting other users with unwanted friend requests or messages is a form of harassment.</p></blockquote> <p>Nevertheless, in the days following the page&#39;s publication, Facebook responded to abuse reports with generic messages such as these:</p> <div id="attachment_498454" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><img class="size-featured_image_large wp-image-498454" alt="Screenshot of Facebook's reply" src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/nurani-800x450.jpg" width="800" height="450" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Screenshot of Facebook&#39;s reply</p></div> <div id="attachment_498455" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 776px"><img class="size-featured_image_large wp-image-498455" alt="Screenshot of Facebook's reply." src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/threat-776x450.jpg" width="776" height="450" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Screenshot of Facebook&#39;s reply.</p></div> <p>Netizens persisted in reporting the page as an abuse of Facebook&#39;s Community Standards. On Nov. 18, 2014 Facebook removed the page.</p> <div id="attachment_498456" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><img class="size-featured_image_large wp-image-498456" alt="Screenshot of Facebook reply" src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/remove-800x450.jpg" width="800" height="450" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Screenshot of Facebook reply.</p></div> <p><a href="http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2014/11/19/jamaat-backed-militants-killed-ru-teacher-police">Police say</a>&nbsp;that they believe the killing may have been perpetrated by militants backed by the conservative religious Jamaat-e-Islami group.</p> <p>Rajshahi University has seen killings of its teachers Professor Mohammad Yunus in 2004 and Professor Taher Ahmed in 2006. Pranab Kumar Panday writes in an <a href="http://www.thedailystar.net/op-ed/rajshahi-university-and-the-death-trap-51158">op-ed in the Daily Star:</a></p> <blockquote><p>It is really unfortunate to see that public university teachers are being harassed and killed very often. [..] These incidents are creating a sense of insecurity among the teachers of public universities. They are also indicative of the deterioration of law and order in the country.</p></blockquote> <p>Meanwhile, the threats continue. The Facebook page that claimed responsibility for killing Shafiul Islam recently announced their next target. <a href="http://www.bdmonitor.net/english/newsdetail/detail/200/15310">The post&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.bdmonitor.net/english/newsdetail/detail/200/15310">reads</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>Next Target . . . teacher of Bogra Govt. Women`s College. Offense: Banning burka. Offense date: September 2014. Punishment: Death. Chance: Yes. All atheists who oppose Islam be careful.</p></blockquote> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/rezwan/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Rezwan'>Rezwan</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/11/21/university-teacher-unpopular-with-islamist-hardliners-is-killed-in-bangladesh/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F11%2F21%2Funiversity-teacher-unpopular-with-islamist-hardliners-is-killed-in-bangladesh%2F&#038;text=University+Teacher+Unpopular+with+Islamist+Hardliners+is+Killed+in+Bangladesh&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F11%2F21%2Funiversity-teacher-unpopular-with-islamist-hardliners-is-killed-in-bangladesh%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F11%2F21%2Funiversity-teacher-unpopular-with-islamist-hardliners-is-killed-in-bangladesh%2F&#038;title=University+Teacher+Unpopular+with+Islamist+Hardliners+is+Killed+in+Bangladesh' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F11%2F21%2Funiversity-teacher-unpopular-with-islamist-hardliners-is-killed-in-bangladesh%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/11/21/university-teacher-unpopular-with-islamist-hardliners-is-killed-in-bangladesh/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/11/21/university-teacher-unpopular-with-islam...</a> </div> </div> </div> Bangladesh Bangladesh Citizen Education English Feature Freedom of Speech Global Voices Advocacy Human Rights Politics Religion Rezwan South Asia Weblog Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:42:05 +0000 feed 354910 at http://newsmotion.org Are MOOCs the future of education? http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/are-moocs-future-education <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Are MOOCs the future of education? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 11/20/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="cnn_first"><em><strong>Watch &#034;Fareed Zakaria GPS,&#034; Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN</strong></em></p> <p>Fareed speaks with Stuart Butler, a Brookings scholar, who&#039;s written extensively on massive open online courses, or so-called MOOCs, and Anant Agarwal, who runs edX, a MOOC outfit founded by two bricks and mortar institutions.</p> <p><strong>Stuart, explain first the kind of crisis in what you&#039;ve called the business model for higher education.</strong></p> <p>Well, it certainly is a crisis that they’re facing. First of all, the costs of traditional education have been going up and the indebtedness associated with it. Now student tuition debt in the United States exceeds credit card debt. Secondly...</p> <p><strong>And it&#039;s $1 trillion, right?</strong></p> <p><strong>Butler: </strong>Yes, exactly. Secondly, you&#039;re seeing different kinds of information coming forward so that people can actually evaluate the success of going to one college or another, whether it actually pays off.</p> <p>And then the third thing, which you referred to, is that you&#039;re seeing new kinds of technologies that, first of all, appeal to students who are not part of the regular market, but now that technology is being developed, such as through edX and through others, such that it is really beginning to break open the existing traditional market. So there&#039;s an existential threat to the very business model that, quite honestly, has been lasting for almost 2,000 years.<span id="more-30665"></span></p> <p><strong>You point out the numbers are pretty staggering. You now have, among private, non-profit college graduates, 65 percent in debt. The average indebtedness is $20,000. Cost is obviously now at two, three hundred thousand dollars to go to college, at least. And it&#039;s not clear that they get that much out of it.</strong></p> <p><strong>Butler:</strong> That&#039;s right. And that&#039;s the driving force. Once you combine information about whether you&#039;re getting good value for money, and then you combine that with new technologies, that gives you different ways of actually getting to the same result. That&#039;s what breaks open a market.</p> <p><strong>But of course, a lot of people say, that&#039;s fine, but you can&#039;t just sit in front of a computer and watch some professor – that&#039;s not education. What do you say to that, as somebody running an outfit that does sort of that?</strong></p> <p><strong>Agarwal:</strong> Today&#039;s online education is not our grandfather&#039;s online education. Its completely transformed. We are doing short videos, interactive gaming technology where professors are using game-like technologies, discussions, segments such as yours, where various people get together, experts in the field get together to discuss a topic. So it&#039;s not just a video of a professor standing at the end of a classroom. So the technology has advanced tremendously. We bring discussion forums and the social into the classroom, into the online experience. And so this can be a very rich and very high quality experience.</p> <p><em>Watch the video for the full segment</em></p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/cnngps.wordpress.com/30665/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/cnngps.wordpress.com/30665/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/cnngps.wordpress.com/30665/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/cnngps.wordpress.com/30665/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/cnngps.wordpress.com/30665/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/cnngps.wordpress.com/30665/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/cnngps.wordpress.com/30665/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/cnngps.wordpress.com/30665/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/cnngps.wordpress.com/30665/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/cnngps.wordpress.com/30665/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/cnngps.wordpress.com/30665/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/cnngps.wordpress.com/30665/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/cnngps.wordpress.com/30665/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/cnngps.wordpress.com/30665/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com&#038;blog=17571933&#038;post=30665&#038;subd=cnngps&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2014/11/20/are-moocs-the-future-of-education/" target="_blank">http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2014/11/20/are-moocs-the-future-of-educa...</a> </div> </div> </div> Citizen CNN's Jason Miks Education jasonmiks United States Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:09:20 +0000 feed 353902 at http://newsmotion.org More than 1,200 School Superintendents Take the Future Ready District Pledge http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/more-1200-school-superintendents-take-future-ready-district-pledge <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More than 1,200 School Superintendents Take the Future Ready District Pledge </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 11/19/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> <p class="rteright"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPJoYue0sOI">Watch on YouTube</a></p> <p>Earlier today, speaking to more than 100 school superintendents in the East Room of the White House, President Obama launched a new effort to assist school leaders in their transition to digital learning with the <a href="http://tech.ed.gov/pledge/?src=fbusedgov">Future Ready Digital Pledge</a>.</p> <p>The Future Ready Digital Pledge is part of the President&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/connected">ConnectED initiative</a>, which empowers teachers with the best technology and the training to make the most of it, and empowers students through individualized learning and rich, digital content. ConnectED also seeks to connect 99 percent of America&rsquo;s students with high-speed broadband internet in their schools and libraries.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/19/more-1200-school-superintendent-take-future-ready-district-pledge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/19/more-1200-school-superintendent-take-future-ready-district-pledge" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/19/more-1200-school-superintendent-take-f...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Barack Obama Cameron Brenchley District of Columbia Education Official Pete Souza Technology The President White House Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:05:04 +0000 feed 353791 at http://newsmotion.org Empowering Today’s Economy by Training Tomorrow’s Workforce http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/empowering-today%E2%80%99s-economy-training-tomorrow%E2%80%99s-workforce <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Empowering Today’s Economy by Training Tomorrow’s Workforce </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 11/19/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ed. Note: This is a&nbsp;cross post&nbsp;from ED&#39;s Homeroom Blog. You can find the <a href="http://www.ed.gov/blog/2014/11/empowering-todays-economy-by-training-tomorrows-workforce/">original post here</a>.</p> <p>Our nation&rsquo;s prosperity depends on individuals having the education and skills to obtain good jobs and progress along their career pathways, and employers finding workers with the skills to support their growth and the nation&rsquo;s economic prosperity. How well we educate our citizens and help hard-working Americans in entry-level jobs gain the skills they need to advance in the workplace matters. Together, businesses, working with the nation&rsquo;s public workforce system, can support our ability to transform low-wage and entry-level jobs into gateways to the middle class.</p> <p>Vice President Biden recently emphasized the importance of business engagement in his landmark report,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/skills_report.pdf">Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity</a>. The report highlighted seven key elements within a new &ldquo;Job-Driven Training Checklist.&rdquo; This checklist will continue to make our federal education, workforce, and training programs more responsive to business needs and more focused on evidence-based practices. Engaging employers is one of the key elements on that checklist, and all federal agencies are being asked to integrate the element across grant programs in workforce education and training.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/19/empowering-today-s-economy-training-tomorrow-s-workforce" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/19/empowering-today-s-economy-training-tomorrow-s-workforce" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/19/empowering-today-s-economy-training-to...</a> </div> </div> </div> Arne Duncan David L. Casey Education Official Secretary Arne Duncan Secretary Tom Perez skills Tom Perez United States White House Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:26:43 +0000 feed 353794 at http://newsmotion.org ​Why an Open Letter Attacking China's Professors for ‘Blackening the Motherland’ Is So Worrisome http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/%E2%80%8Bwhy-open-letter-attacking-chinas-professors-%E2%80%98blackening-motherland%E2%80%99-so-worrisome <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ​Why an Open Letter Attacking China&#039;s Professors for ‘Blackening the Motherland’ Is So Worrisome </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 11/19/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div id="attachment_498384" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/98399468@N00/3155271614/in/photolist-73AHLt-6VeWBG-5LDsTX-pXrBS-wNqdR-wNqd7-2bm5kn-m34h2-tXnUg-91StNF-ATPQc-5YnXPC-25nW8-5zjg5u-vjq4S-8aveXq-74rEQJ-2kuezQ-5NPAjJ-9aB3EA-9aB5hU-9aB3VQ-9aB4jU-9aB525-CYmPQ-4iM6Pf-9axVvi-9axWFD-9axWqx-2bqk2h-8X2nGp-2bqpEE-5cBrV2-5hRNhC-2bm2QK-2bq4YG-2bkN4x-2bqcTs-2bqaeu-2bpYL9-2bqt2o-2bkxBV-2bqqYh-2bqnmm-2bkLwk-2bqhN1-2bkDcg-doFUE-CYkH3-48TJgp"><img class="size-full wp-image-498384" alt="University teachers are asked to speak positive about the motherland. Photo from Flickr user Neal Lantela CC: BY-SA-NC." src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/3155271614_b89fbc24a2_b.jpg" width="800" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">University teachers are asked to speak positive about the motherland. Photo from Flickr user Neal Lantela CC: BY-SA-NC.</p></div> <p>China&#39;s authorities have waged an aggressive ideological battle against mainstream and new media over the past two years, upping the pressure on&nbsp;them to fall in line with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) or <a href="http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2013/09/05/hundreds-arrested-for-spreading-rumors-on-chinas-ideological-battlefield/">face the consequences</a>. Now, some fear that officials are setting their sights on academia as the next front in the war on free thinking.&nbsp;</p> <p>Provincial Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece the Liaoning Daily published an unusual open letter to university professors on November 13, blasting them for reportedly speaking ill about China in front of their students.</p> <p>The China Media Project of Hong Kong University has&nbsp;<a href="http://cmp.hku.hk/2014/11/15/37149/">translated</a>&nbsp;the letter, titled “Teacher, Please Don’t Talk Like That About China: An Open Letter to Teachers of Philosophy and Social Science.” The paper claimed its opinion was based on 300 anecdotes collected from university students, an online survey and investigative reports collected from more than 20 schools in five cities — Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan and Shenyang.</p> <p>The paper said 80 percent of university students had encountered professors who were &#8220;fond of airing complaints,&#8221; and this “blackening” of the motherland left them upset. It summed up the problem in three points: a lack of theoretical recognition, a lack of political recognition and a lack of identification on an emotional level (of the party&#39;s history and ideology).</p> <p>For local party propaganda authorities, it&#39;s a strange move to publicly criticize tertiary education teachers who are under the jurisdiction of the state education institution. Normally, directives like this would come from China&#39;s education ministry. Last year, it instructed university professors&nbsp;<a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/05/16/chinese-government-bans-seven-speak-not-school-subjects/">not to teach seven subjects</a>, including freedom of the press, past mistakes of the Communist Party, and citizens&#8217; rights.&nbsp;</p> <p>Some commenters see the letter not only as&nbsp;<a href="http://cmp.hku.hk/2014/11/15/37149/">further encroaching</a>&nbsp;on academic freedoms, already under serious threat in China, but also possibly setting the stage for a future purge of professors who challenge the party&#39;s line.</p> <p>Liaoning Daily said the prescription for such &#8220;negativity&#8221; is <a href="http://cmp.hku.hk/2014/11/12/37042/">&#8220;positive energy&#8221;</a>, a term which gained prominent after Chinese President Xi Jinping used it at the CCP&#39;s forum on arts and culture in October. The idea of positive energy was introduced by Lu Wei, the director of the State Internet Information Office, in January 2013 to <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/08/13/china-creates-guideline-for-internet-celebrities-self-censorship/">tame celebrities who spoke their mind on Twitter-like Sina Weibo</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sun Liping, a prominent social scientist teaching at Beijing <a href="http://www.tsinghua.edu.cn/publish/newthu/index.html">Tsinghua university</a>, responded to the open letter with <a href="https://app.yinxiang.com/shard/s39/sh/5c7268c2-fd09-4980-a25a-d585ddd52258/a182f20db3260c63de9054d21f9658bc?from=timeline&amp;isappinstalled=0">one of his own</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>辽宁日报公开信的事情真的不可小看。我看到的是网络版,不知是否有误。该信的署名是本报编辑部。我们知道,辽宁日报是辽宁省委机关报。以罕有的本报编辑部名义发出的东西,可以理解为辽宁省委对全国高校教师的要求。一个地方党委对全国高校教师发号司令,不觉得奇怪吗? 印象中,文革时都没有一级党委或机关报发出面对全国的公开信。只有造反队会发这种东西。 其实辽宁日报编辑部稍微有点脑子就不会写这种东西,一个不黑的东西是别人可以抹黑的吗?不信翻翻辽宁日报的老报纸,过去几十年国内外你们抹黑过多少东西。哪个最后你真的给抹黑了? 现在说纯粹的批评有没有意义。有人说,批评的同时提出解决的办法才是积极的,一味的批评就是抹黑。我首先要说,我认为批评的同时提出解决问题的办法是更有意义的。因此我经常和学生说,我只讲我能找到解决办法的问题,如果我自己找不出解决问题的办法,我干脆就不讲。但这只是我对我自己的要求,研究社会现象的,要尽可能找出解决问题的办法。但我并不认为,纯粹的批评,就是消极的。找出我们社会中的问题,分析这些问题的原因,即使没提出解决办法,也是有意义的。甚至只是把丑恶的现象揭露出来也是有意义的。前述美国扒粪运动,哪个都提出解决的办法了?关键是看你如何对待这种批评。1962 年,哈林顿出版《另一个美国: 合众国的贫困》,将美国的阴暗面集于一书。据说当时的总统约翰逊看了这本书,受到很大震动,他没有把哈林顿作为负能量。而是提出要建设伟大社会。建设伟大社会的目标,是向贫困宣战,向不平等宣战,向一切违反人权的现象宣战。抹黑祖国?祖国多大了?你哭天抹泪地口口声声声讨万恶的旧社会,旧社会那一段的中国算祖国吗?接连就辽宁日报公开信写了几条微博。因为公开信也是信,作为一个教师不回信不礼貌。最后以一个老师身份告诫那个编辑部(估计作者也都是学生辈的)几句:1、要讲道理的话把理论弄圆点,别顾头不顾那个。2、理论弄不出来起码在有限范围内讲点逻辑。3、上面两点如果都做不到,谦虚点。</p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>Liaoning Daily&#39;s open letter cannot be ignored. I read the online version and am not a hundred percent sure of its accuracy. The open letter is signed by the newspaper&#39;s editorial board. We all know that Liaoning Daily is the official newspaper of the Liaoning province party branch. It is unusual to see the editorial board issue such an opinion, which can be considered a demand made by the Liaoning Chinese Communist Party committee of the country&#39;s university teachers. A local party committee giving instructions like this to the country&#39;s university teachers, isn&#39;t that strange? From what I remember, even during the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_Revolution">Cultural Revolution</a>&nbsp;no provincial level CCP committee issued such an open letter addressing the whole country. Only the revolutionary team [the Red Guards who challenged the authorities] would do that. If the Liaoning editorial board had basic intelligence, they would not do that. How can one blacken anything if the thing is not black to begin with? Just check the Liaoning Daily&#39;s archive and you will get a sense of how many things this paper tried to blacken in the past. Yet none of its &#8220;blackening&#8221; attempts eventually succeeded. Now, it said it is meaningless to criticize. Some say it is more positive to offer solutions alongside criticism. Pure criticism is &#8220;blackening.&#8221; I want to make it clear that, of course, it is meaningful to find a solution and I tell my students that I would only talk about issues that I can address and give suggestions for. However, this is a personal commitment and practice. I don&#39;t think social critique is negative. To identify the problem of a society and analyze the cause of the problem without an answer is meaningful. To reveal the ugly phenomena is meaningful. In the US, they had the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muckraker">muckraker movement</a> and many did not offer any solutions. How you react to criticism is key. In 1962, Micheal Harrington wrote &#8220;The Other America.&#8221; The book is a record of the dark side of the US. According to hearsay, Lyndon Johnson, the then-president of the US, was shocked by the book. Yet he did not take it negatively, and instead put forward a plan to build a strong society by declaring war against poverty, inequality and inhumanity. Blackening our motherland? How old is our motherland? You screamed and yelled and attacked the old society [before the liberation of China by the CCP], but isn&#39;t the old society our motherland as well? I have written a few micro-blogs commenting on Liaoning Daily&#39;s open letter. As the open letter is a letter, we have to pay our courtesy as a professor and reply to it. Finally, as a professor I would like to give some advice to the editorial board (I assume the writers are of my students&#8217; generation): 1. When putting forward an argument, please ground it in sound theory. Don&#39;t open a topic without any grounding. 2. If you fail to come up with a theory, at least be logical. 3. If you can&#39;t fulfill the above basic requirements, be humble.</p></blockquote> <p>Zhang Ming, a political scientist who teaches at Remin University, <a href="http://www.weibo.com/1707683373/Bwldu37xX?from=page_1005051707683373_profile&amp;wvr=6&amp;mod=weibotime">criticized</a> the Liaoning Daily for spying on the professors:</p> <blockquote><p>辽宁日报派出记者暗访,整黑材料。这不是正常的采访报道,而是文化特务和间谍之行。这样做,把教师当敌人也就罢了,置当地的信息员和大学的党委于何地?</p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>Liaoning Daily sent reporters to investigate [the professors] and collect information to smear them. This is not normal reporting, but spying behavior. It not only turned professors into enemies but also linked the authority of the university party committee and local party informants.</p></blockquote> <p>He <a href="http://www.weibo.com/1707683373/Bwlwmb8tP?from=page_1005051707683373_profile&amp;wvr=6&amp;mod=weibotime">said he believes</a>&nbsp;that another anti-rightist movement is approaching:</p> <blockquote><p>一直有人警告说要有新的反右斗争,开始还不信,看到辽宁日报给高校教师的公开信,信了。这回,要抓多少右派呢?</p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>For some time I’ve heard people talking about how a new anti-rightist movement is drawing near. I didn’t buy this at first, but the Liaoning Daily open letter to professors made me believe. How many rightists will be arrested in this round?</p></blockquote> <p>Xiong Feijun, an independent writer, <a href="http://www.weibo.com/1150389002/Bwqqwu9bL?type=comment">believed</a> the prescription for the country&#39;s corruption is criticism rather than &#8220;positive&#8221; comments:</p> <blockquote><p>祖国明明在贪官敲诈专制毒害下得了重病,不及时治疗只有死路一条。可贪官们一个劲忽悠祖国很强壮很健康,使祖国丧失治疗康复最佳时机。那些勇于说真话的良心志士深爱自己的国家,呼吁赶快把祖国送医院动手术切去专制毒瘤让祖国恢复健康浴火重生。可贪官们却说这是“抹黑中国”?天下有这等放屁的逻辑吗</p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>The motherland is sick because of corruption. If we don&#39;t cure the illness, she will die. But the corrupt keep saying that the motherland is very healthy. Eventually the window of time to cure the illness will close on the motherland. Those who dare to tell the truth love their country and they urge the motherland to go to the hospital, cut out the tumor and be healthy again. The corrupt call that &#8220;blackening China&#8221;? What kind of logic is that?</p></blockquote> <p>The ideological battle against online opinion leaders has destroyed meaningful public conversations on Weibo as netizens now refrain from saying what they think. If the battlefield is indeed extended to the university, a place where knowledgeable experts address society&#39;s problems in a rational manner, it won&#39;t just affect the classroom. The persecution of tertiary education would not only likely stunt the country&#39;s social and political progress, but also give rise to a power struggle within the ruling class and social chaos &#8212; an unfortunately familiar outcome for China.&nbsp;Such man-made disasters have recurred throughout the country&#39;s contemporary history.</p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/oiwan/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Oiwan Lam'>Oiwan Lam</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/11/19/%e2%80%8bwhy-an-open-letter-attacking-chinas-professors-for-blackening-the-motherland-is-so-worrisome/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F11%2F19%2F%25e2%2580%258bwhy-an-open-letter-attacking-chinas-professors-for-blackening-the-motherland-is-so-worrisome%2F&#038;text=%E2%80%8BWhy+an+Open+Letter+Attacking+China%27s+Professors+for+%27Blackening+the+Motherland%27+Is+So+Worrisome&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F11%2F19%2F%25e2%2580%258bwhy-an-open-letter-attacking-chinas-professors-for-blackening-the-motherland-is-so-worrisome%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F11%2F19%2F%25e2%2580%258bwhy-an-open-letter-attacking-chinas-professors-for-blackening-the-motherland-is-so-worrisome%2F&#038;title=%E2%80%8BWhy+an+Open+Letter+Attacking+China%27s+Professors+for+%27Blackening+the+Motherland%27+Is+So+Worrisome' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F11%2F19%2F%25e2%2580%258bwhy-an-open-letter-attacking-chinas-professors-for-blackening-the-motherland-is-so-worrisome%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/11/19/%e2%80%8bwhy-an-open-letter-attacking-chinas-professors-for-blackening-the-motherland-is-so-worrisome/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/11/19/%e2%80%8bwhy-an-open-letter-attacking-c...</a> </div> </div> </div> Beijing China China Citizen East Asia Education English Guangzhou Hong Kong Oiwan Lam Politics Shenyang Weblog Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:59:27 +0000 feed 353712 at http://newsmotion.org ​Why an Open Letter Attacking China's Professors for ‘Blackening the Motherland’ Is So Worrisome http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/%E2%80%8Bwhy-open-letter-attacking-chinas-professors-%E2%80%98blackening-motherland%E2%80%99-so-worrisome-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ​Why an Open Letter Attacking China&#039;s Professors for ‘Blackening the Motherland’ Is So Worrisome </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 11/19/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div id="attachment_498384" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/98399468@N00/3155271614/in/photolist-73AHLt-6VeWBG-5LDsTX-pXrBS-wNqdR-wNqd7-2bm5kn-m34h2-tXnUg-91StNF-ATPQc-5YnXPC-25nW8-5zjg5u-vjq4S-8aveXq-74rEQJ-2kuezQ-5NPAjJ-9aB3EA-9aB5hU-9aB3VQ-9aB4jU-9aB525-CYmPQ-4iM6Pf-9axVvi-9axWFD-9axWqx-2bqk2h-8X2nGp-2bqpEE-5cBrV2-5hRNhC-2bm2QK-2bq4YG-2bkN4x-2bqcTs-2bqaeu-2bpYL9-2bqt2o-2bkxBV-2bqqYh-2bqnmm-2bkLwk-2bqhN1-2bkDcg-doFUE-CYkH3-48TJgp"><img class="size-full wp-image-498384" alt="University teachers are asked to speak positive about the motherland. Photo from Flickr user Neal Lantela CC: BY-SA-NC." src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/3155271614_b89fbc24a2_b.jpg" width="800" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">University teachers are asked to speak positive about the motherland. Photo from Flickr user Neal Lantela CC: BY-SA-NC.</p></div> <p>China&#39;s authorities have waged an aggressive ideological battle against mainstream and new media over the past two years, upping the pressure on&nbsp;them to fall in line with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) or <a href="http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2013/09/05/hundreds-arrested-for-spreading-rumors-on-chinas-ideological-battlefield/">face the consequences</a>. Now, some fear that officials are setting their sights on academia as the next front in the war on free thinking.&nbsp;</p> <p>Provincial Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece the Liaoning Daily published an unusual open letter to university professors on November 13, blasting them for reportedly speaking ill about China in front of their students.</p> <p>The China Media Project of Hong Kong University has&nbsp;<a href="http://cmp.hku.hk/2014/11/15/37149/">translated</a>&nbsp;the letter, titled “Teacher, Please Don’t Talk Like That About China: An Open Letter to Teachers of Philosophy and Social Science.” The paper claimed its opinion was based on 300 anecdotes collected from university students, an online survey and investigative reports collected from more than 20 schools in five cities — Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan and Shenyang.</p> <p>The paper said 80 percent of university students had encountered professors who were &#8220;fond of airing complaints,&#8221; and this “blackening” of the motherland left them upset. It summed up the problem in three points: a lack of theoretical recognition, a lack of political recognition and a lack of identification on an emotional level (of the party&#39;s history and ideology).</p> <p>For local party propaganda authorities, it&#39;s a strange move to publicly criticize tertiary education teachers who are under the jurisdiction of the state education institution. Normally, directives like this would come from China&#39;s education ministry. Last year, it instructed university professors&nbsp;<a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/05/16/chinese-government-bans-seven-speak-not-school-subjects/">not to teach seven subjects</a>, including freedom of the press, past mistakes of the Communist Party, and citizens&#8217; rights.&nbsp;</p> <p>Some commenters see the letter not only as&nbsp;<a href="http://cmp.hku.hk/2014/11/15/37149/">further encroaching</a>&nbsp;on academic freedoms, already under serious threat in China, but also possibly setting the stage for a future purge of professors who challenge the party&#39;s line.</p> <p>Liaoning Daily said the prescription for such &#8220;negativity&#8221; is <a href="http://cmp.hku.hk/2014/11/12/37042/">&#8220;positive energy&#8221;</a>, a term which gained prominent after Chinese President Xi Jinping used it at the CCP&#39;s forum on arts and culture in October. The idea of positive energy was introduced by Lu Wei, the director of the State Internet Information Office, in January 2013 to <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/08/13/china-creates-guideline-for-internet-celebrities-self-censorship/">tame celebrities who spoke their mind on Twitter-like Sina Weibo</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sun Liping, a prominent social scientist teaching at Beijing <a href="http://www.tsinghua.edu.cn/publish/newthu/index.html">Tsinghua university</a>, responded to the open letter with <a href="https://app.yinxiang.com/shard/s39/sh/5c7268c2-fd09-4980-a25a-d585ddd52258/a182f20db3260c63de9054d21f9658bc?from=timeline&amp;isappinstalled=0">one of his own</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>辽宁日报公开信的事情真的不可小看。我看到的是网络版,不知是否有误。该信的署名是本报编辑部。我们知道,辽宁日报是辽宁省委机关报。以罕有的本报编辑部名义发出的东西,可以理解为辽宁省委对全国高校教师的要求。一个地方党委对全国高校教师发号司令,不觉得奇怪吗? 印象中,文革时都没有一级党委或机关报发出面对全国的公开信。只有造反队会发这种东西。 其实辽宁日报编辑部稍微有点脑子就不会写这种东西,一个不黑的东西是别人可以抹黑的吗?不信翻翻辽宁日报的老报纸,过去几十年国内外你们抹黑过多少东西。哪个最后你真的给抹黑了? 现在说纯粹的批评有没有意义。有人说,批评的同时提出解决的办法才是积极的,一味的批评就是抹黑。我首先要说,我认为批评的同时提出解决问题的办法是更有意义的。因此我经常和学生说,我只讲我能找到解决办法的问题,如果我自己找不出解决问题的办法,我干脆就不讲。但这只是我对我自己的要求,研究社会现象的,要尽可能找出解决问题的办法。但我并不认为,纯粹的批评,就是消极的。找出我们社会中的问题,分析这些问题的原因,即使没提出解决办法,也是有意义的。甚至只是把丑恶的现象揭露出来也是有意义的。前述美国扒粪运动,哪个都提出解决的办法了?关键是看你如何对待这种批评。1962 年,哈林顿出版《另一个美国: 合众国的贫困》,将美国的阴暗面集于一书。据说当时的总统约翰逊看了这本书,受到很大震动,他没有把哈林顿作为负能量。而是提出要建设伟大社会。建设伟大社会的目标,是向贫困宣战,向不平等宣战,向一切违反人权的现象宣战。抹黑祖国?祖国多大了?你哭天抹泪地口口声声声讨万恶的旧社会,旧社会那一段的中国算祖国吗?接连就辽宁日报公开信写了几条微博。因为公开信也是信,作为一个教师不回信不礼貌。最后以一个老师身份告诫那个编辑部(估计作者也都是学生辈的)几句:1、要讲道理的话把理论弄圆点,别顾头不顾那个。2、理论弄不出来起码在有限范围内讲点逻辑。3、上面两点如果都做不到,谦虚点。</p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>Liaoning Daily&#39;s open letter cannot be ignored. I read the online version and am not a hundred percent sure of its accuracy. The open letter is signed by the newspaper&#39;s editorial board. We all know that Liaoning Daily is the official newspaper of the Liaoning province party branch. It is unusual to see the editorial board issue such an opinion, which can be considered a demand made by the Liaoning Chinese Communist Party committee of the country&#39;s university teachers. A local party committee giving instructions like this to the country&#39;s university teachers, isn&#39;t that strange? From what I remember, even during the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_Revolution">Cultural Revolution</a>&nbsp;no provincial level CCP committee issued such an open letter addressing the whole country. Only the revolutionary team [the Red Guards who challenged the authorities] would do that. If the Liaoning editorial board had basic intelligence, they would not do that. How can one blacken anything if the thing is not black to begin with? Just check the Liaoning Daily&#39;s archive and you will get a sense of how many things this paper tried to blacken in the past. Yet none of its &#8220;blackening&#8221; attempts eventually succeeded. Now, it said it is meaningless to criticize. Some say it is more positive to offer solutions alongside criticism. Pure criticism is &#8220;blackening.&#8221; I want to make it clear that, of course, it is meaningful to find a solution and I tell my students that I would only talk about issues that I can address and give suggestions for. However, this is a personal commitment and practice. I don&#39;t think social critique is negative. To identify the problem of a society and analyze the cause of the problem without an answer is meaningful. To reveal the ugly phenomena is meaningful. In the US, they had the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muckraker">muckraker movement</a> and many did not offer any solutions. How you react to criticism is key. In 1962, Micheal Harrington wrote &#8220;The Other America.&#8221; The book is a record of the dark side of the US. According to hearsay, Lyndon Johnson, the then-president of the US, was shocked by the book. Yet he did not take it negatively, and instead put forward a plan to build a strong society by declaring war against poverty, inequality and inhumanity. Blackening our motherland? How old is our motherland? You screamed and yelled and attacked the old society [before the liberation of China by the CCP], but isn&#39;t the old society our motherland as well? I have written a few micro-blogs commenting on Liaoning Daily&#39;s open letter. As the open letter is a letter, we have to pay our courtesy as a professor and reply to it. Finally, as a professor I would like to give some advice to the editorial board (I assume the writers are of my students&#8217; generation): 1. When putting forward an argument, please ground it in sound theory. Don&#39;t open a topic without any grounding. 2. If you fail to come up with a theory, at least be logical. 3. If you can&#39;t fulfill the above basic requirements, be humble.</p></blockquote> <p>Zhang Ming, a political scientist who teaches at Remin University, <a href="http://www.weibo.com/1707683373/Bwldu37xX?from=page_1005051707683373_profile&amp;wvr=6&amp;mod=weibotime">criticized</a> the Liaoning Daily for spying on the professors:</p> <blockquote><p>辽宁日报派出记者暗访,整黑材料。这不是正常的采访报道,而是文化特务和间谍之行。这样做,把教师当敌人也就罢了,置当地的信息员和大学的党委于何地?</p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>Liaoning Daily sent reporters to investigate [the professors] and collect information to smear them. This is not normal reporting, but spying behavior. It not only turned professors into enemies but also linked the authority of the university party committee and local party informants.</p></blockquote> <p>He <a href="http://www.weibo.com/1707683373/Bwlwmb8tP?from=page_1005051707683373_profile&amp;wvr=6&amp;mod=weibotime">said he believes</a>&nbsp;that another anti-rightist movement is approaching:</p> <blockquote><p>一直有人警告说要有新的反右斗争,开始还不信,看到辽宁日报给高校教师的公开信,信了。这回,要抓多少右派呢?</p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>For some time I’ve heard people talking about how a new anti-rightist movement is drawing near. I didn’t buy this at first, but the Liaoning Daily open letter to professors made me believe. How many rightists will be arrested in this round?</p></blockquote> <p>Xiong Feijun, an independent writer, <a href="http://www.weibo.com/1150389002/Bwqqwu9bL?type=comment">believed</a> the prescription for the country&#39;s corruption is criticism rather than &#8220;positive&#8221; comments:</p> <blockquote><p>祖国明明在贪官敲诈专制毒害下得了重病,不及时治疗只有死路一条。可贪官们一个劲忽悠祖国很强壮很健康,使祖国丧失治疗康复最佳时机。那些勇于说真话的良心志士深爱自己的国家,呼吁赶快把祖国送医院动手术切去专制毒瘤让祖国恢复健康浴火重生。可贪官们却说这是“抹黑中国”?天下有这等放屁的逻辑吗</p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>The motherland is sick because of corruption. If we don&#39;t cure the illness, she will die. But the corrupt keep saying that the motherland is very healthy. Eventually the window of time to cure the illness will close on the motherland. Those who dare to tell the truth love their country and they urge the motherland to go to the hospital, cut out the tumor and be healthy again. The corrupt call that &#8220;blackening China&#8221;? What kind of logic is that?</p></blockquote> <p>The ideological battle against online opinion leaders has destroyed meaningful public conversations on Weibo as netizens now refrain from saying what they think. If the battlefield is indeed extended to the university, a place where knowledgeable experts address society&#39;s problems in a rational manner, it won&#39;t just affect the classroom. The persecution of tertiary education would not only likely stunt the country&#39;s social and political progress, but also give rise to a power struggle within the ruling class and social chaos &#8212; an unfortunately familiar outcome for China.&nbsp;Such man-made disasters have recurred throughout the country&#39;s contemporary history.</p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/oiwan/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Oiwan Lam'>Oiwan Lam</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/11/19/%e2%80%8bwhy-an-open-letter-attacking-chinas-professors-for-blackening-the-motherland-is-so-worrisome/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F11%2F19%2F%25e2%2580%258bwhy-an-open-letter-attacking-chinas-professors-for-blackening-the-motherland-is-so-worrisome%2F&#038;text=%E2%80%8BWhy+an+Open+Letter+Attacking+China%27s+Professors+for+%27Blackening+the+Motherland%27+Is+So+Worrisome&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F11%2F19%2F%25e2%2580%258bwhy-an-open-letter-attacking-chinas-professors-for-blackening-the-motherland-is-so-worrisome%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F11%2F19%2F%25e2%2580%258bwhy-an-open-letter-attacking-chinas-professors-for-blackening-the-motherland-is-so-worrisome%2F&#038;title=%E2%80%8BWhy+an+Open+Letter+Attacking+China%27s+Professors+for+%27Blackening+the+Motherland%27+Is+So+Worrisome' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F11%2F19%2F%25e2%2580%258bwhy-an-open-letter-attacking-chinas-professors-for-blackening-the-motherland-is-so-worrisome%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/11/19/%e2%80%8bwhy-an-open-letter-attacking-chinas-professors-for-blackening-the-motherland-is-so-worrisome/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/11/19/%e2%80%8bwhy-an-open-letter-attacking-c...</a> </div> </div> </div> Beijing China China Citizen East Asia Education English Guangzhou Hong Kong Oiwan Lam Politics Shenyang Weblog Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:59:27 +0000 feed 353858 at http://newsmotion.org