Saturday, May 03, 2008
Free quality education should be a right, not a privilege
The Party for Socialism and Liberation recently participated in a political forum hosted by the MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center at San José State University. Representatives of the Green Party and student representatives of the Republican and Democratic parties were also on the panel.
PSL presidential candidate Gloria La Riva
The crowd of mostly working class students and community members nodded their heads in agreement; many times breaking into applause after her statements.
Many students at SJSU struggle with a full load of classes while working full- or part-time jobs. Commuting to campus can make student activism difficult.
One student speaker disclosed how the administration worked to discourage or even inhibit activism and organizing on the campus. She also explained how the Educational Opportunity Program, meant to facilitate the transition from high school to college, has been dismantled in an attempt to keep underrepresented students out of the university. The same panelist had been involved in sending a delegation of students to participate in a rally at the state capitol against the budget cuts in education.
The capitalist class and their representatives in government—including Democrats and Republicans alike—will never put education before profits on their own accord. The Party for Socialism and Liberation campaign platform calls for free high-quality education from pre-school to through college.
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