Critical Videos

After months of public protest, including a three day community march across the city, the Chicago Public Schools Board of Education voted to close 50 schools on May 22, 2013… the largest school closing in US history. The fight is not over. This is a movement. Use your voice to protect our public schools and the future of our children. Our City. Our Schools. Our Voice. https://www.facebook.com/OurCityOurSchools

“I was proud to say I am a teacher, but over the past 15 years I’ve experienced the depressing gradual downfall and misdirection of education that has slowly eaten away at my love of teaching.” Right on! We need to hear more testimonies like this. The Social and Global Justice Project backs teachers 100%. Time to stand up, fight back! Anyone for a mass walkout, or sit in? We are not cogs in a dehumanized and dehumanizing machine!

Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale, is narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by Mike Konopacki. Written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers. An 8 minute video about how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. (2012)
EDITOR’S NOTE: This short video simplifies questions of poverty and class during the great middle class “boom” of the post-WWII period, and likewise completely overlooks divisions of race and gender in America. (Put another way: things weren’t so easy, simple, or equitable back in “the good old days.”) Despite these glaring faults, the video nevertheless provides an interesting take on the neoliberalist machinations of the 1% since the 1970s.

Produced by ChiSchoolsFwd (2012)

In this short RSA Animate, renowned philosopher Slavoj Zizek investigates the surprising ethical implications of charitable giving. (2010) For more on the RSA and their work, go to http://www.thersa.org.

Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society. For more on the RSA and their work, go to http://www.thersa.org.

Acclaimed journalist, author and political activist Barbara Ehrenreich explores the darker side of positive thinking. For more on the RSA and their work, go to http://www.thersa.org.

In this RSA Animate, renowned academic David Harvey asks if it is time to look beyond capitalism towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that really could be responsible, just, and humane? (2010) For more on the RSA and their work, go to http://www.thersa.org.
EDITORIAL COMMENT:
Two of his conclusions really stand out for us:
1. “Any sensible person right now would join an anti-capitalist association.” (9:16)
2. “We have a duty, it seems to me, those of us who are academics [or] are seriously involved in the world, to actually change our mode of thinking.”
(10:35)

This RSAanimate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson. (2010) For more on the RSA and their work, go to http://www.thersa.org.

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