The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Demonstrations against Education Cuts

Mar 5, 2012

On Thursday, March 1, demonstrations took place across the country against cuts to higher education.

In California, these protests were the biggest: thousands of students, educators and supporters demonstrated at more than 30 college campuses across the state to protest rising tuition and drastic funding cuts to California state schools. Students even forced one school to close down for the day.

Students and teachers are absolutely right to protest! Across the country, governments are cutting their funding to public colleges and universities. These schools then turn around and jack up their tuition by up to 20% every year – making sure that the students who attend these schools are either rich enough to be able to afford the outrageous costs, or so in debt that they will never, ever be able to pay those debts back. The schools and the states are helping to enslave these students to the banks for the rest of their working lives. What a gift to the banks!

The demonstrators are right: ALL education should be free to ALL!