The Changing Social Position of Students Today

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Mon, 07/01/2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
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Bill Resnick reads from "Rise of the Student Worker" in Red Pepper, exploring the changing social/political position of student. Through the mid 20th century they were relatively privileged, mostly from the top 30% and highly subsidized by cheap tuition, housing, and food -- and they knew if they kept their nose clean they could find highly paid work.  That utterly changed in the English Empire, the U.S., indeed the whole "developed" world, where all the subsidies were cut, a much greater % go on to higher education after high school, competition for the better paid jobs have increased and a degree means much less, and students, 70 and 80%, work to be able to study, their lives are precarious, and they are radicalizing in mass as student workers.

 

 

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