South Sudan Academic Suspended Over Opinion Piece

Expand Academic and writer, Taban Lo Liyong.  © 2014 Private South Sudan’s University of Juba has suspended a renowned academic and writer from his teaching position over an opinion article on the issue of states and their boundaries – a controversial issue that has yet to be addressed by South Sudanese leaders before a Unity government […]

As US Universities Close Confucius Institutes, What’s Next?

Expand Speakers for the Chinese Language Teachers Association- National Capital Region jointly held International Chinese Language Education Symposium visit the Confucius Institute at the University of Maryland, October 1, 2011. © 2011 Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) As a Chinese studies graduate of the University of Maryland, I was drawn to the news that the school’s […]

India’s Protesters Should be Heard, Not Assaulted

Expand Indian students of the Jamia Millia Islamia University shout slogans during a protest, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Altaf Qadri Tens of thousands in India are protesting a discriminatory citizenship law embraced by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government on December 12. At the forefront of these protests are […]

Uganda: Security Forces Attack Students, Journalists

Expand The campus of Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. © 2019 Oryem Nyeko for Human Rights Watch (Kampala) – The Ugandan police and military have cracked down on student protests over fee increases at Makerere University in Kampala on multiple occasions since October 22, 2019. The security forces have fired teargas into student residences, raided […]

Eritrea: Conscription System’s Toll on Education

Expand Satellite Imagery of the Sawa military camp, including the Warsai Yikealo Secondary School, recorded in January 2015.  Imagery © DigitalGlobe – Maxar Technologies 2019; Source: Google Earth (Nairobi) – Eritrea’s use of secondary school to channel students into indefinite government service and its conscription of teachers subjects students and teachers to forced labor and […]

Mexico City’s LGBT-Inclusive School Uniforms Policy

Expand Participants march during a Gay Pride Parade in Mexico City, June 27, 2015. 2015 Reuters/Edgard Garrido Mexico City’s Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum announced on June 3 that children in Mexico City would be allowed to choose the uniform they wear to school. The policy applies to pre-schools, elementary schools, and secondary schools. Sheinbaum called “the […]

Bangladesh: Rohingya Refugee Students Expelled

Expand Rohingya refugee students demonstrate against being expelled from Bangladeshi secondary schools in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, February 6, 2019. © 2019 Private (Bangkok) ­ The Bangladeshi government has expelled scores of Rohingya refugee children from schools in southeast Bangladesh since late January 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. Officials have ordered secondary schools near the […]

Does Marxism Rule the Academy?

One talking point in the culture wars is that post-modern neo-Marxist college professors are indoctrinating the youth. Some take a more moderate view of college professors, simply regarding them as excessively liberal and indoctrinating the youth in liberal dogma. While I am confident that the academy is not ruled by Marxists, there are still interesting […]