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As administrators declare there's no alternative to austerity and corporatization in higher ed, student Occupyers fight back.

Teacher in a classroom

Hit by the double whammy of poverty and austerity, a West Oakland school that once served children well is struggling.

COLLEGE FINALIST: The range of options that my generation has to choose from has been whittled to a handful of bad ones. I am coming of age not in the land of the free, but in the land of the dependent.

HIGH SCHOOL FINALIST: We cannot invest more in education without making appropriate policy changes. 

COLLEGE FINALIST: My generation must take on the task of building strong community economies and reestablishing collective wealth for all people. 

HIGH SCHOOL FINALIST: Suddenly, my opinion of a record I had been listening to for over eight years was turned on its head.

COLLGE FINALIST: There’s still time to face up to the issues we stand to inherit, and our generation has the modern means to do it. Whether we can muster the will—well, that’s entirely up to us.

HIGH SCHOOL FINALIST: A Black face in my high school would become as foreign as a repressed memory that everyone just seemed to forget existed.  

COLLEGE FINALIST: The inability for people to live in the present may become increasingly dangerous as it continues to become more socially acceptable.

HIGH SCHOOL WINNER: A graduating high school senior reflects on her generation's embattled future—and its dwindling access to quality education.

Blogs

An idea that didn't formall exist six weeks ago is picking up a lot of steam.

May 27, 2015

Another victim of Emma Sulkowicz’s alleged rapist has come forward, with a message for everyone who has doubted the mattress-carrying activist. 

May 22, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 5/22/15?

May 22, 2015

A Robin Hood Tax on financial transactions could make higher education available for all.

May 19, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 5/15/15?

May 15, 2015

What are Nation interns reading the week of 5/8/15?

May 8, 2015

Following the NYU and UConn victories, graduates at Yale and other universities are demanding recognition as workers.

May 6, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 5/4/15?

May 4, 2015

A coalition including Coalition for America's Future, Daily Kos, Student Debt, and The Nation delivered a petition to Elizabeth Warren calling for the cancelation of all student debt. 

May 4, 2015