Roundtable Public Education, Profiteering, and Student Debt
Roundtable on Public Education, Profiteering, and Student Debt: Chilean and Colombian Student Protests
In the past six months, hundreds of thousands of students, workers, teachers, and parents have marched through the streets of Chile in defense of public education. They are reacting against the consequences of 40 years of neoliberal education policies, demanding an end to profiteering and indebtedness and a free public education system. More recently, tens of thousands of Colombian students have participated in protests that mirror those of Chile. They oppose a reform project which is expected to produce high levels of indebtedness by allowing the profit motive and the privatization of education. Join us to discuss the particularities and similarities of these important movements.
Jose Tomas Atria (Sociology, Columbia)
Sebastian G. Guzman (Sociology, The New School)
Oscar Pedraza (Anthropology, The New School)