Chilean Students Demand Complete Transformation of Education System

Free Education Protests

Photo: Diego Grez (CC)

Who said that massive/social cultural revolutions were a thing of the ’60s? Via the Atlantic:

For the past several months, students, teachers, and their supporters in Chile have been staging chaotic demonstrations against their government.

Their goal is to transform the country’s education system. In particular, they’re seeking a referendum to significantly increase the funding and quality of public schools. Students have engaged in multiple forms of protest, from hunger strikes and sit-ins to marches and pillow fights. Smaller groups of protesters have engaged riot police directly, hurling stones and firebombs.

Chilean authorities have responded by banning demonstrations, pushing protesters back with water cannons, and offering education proposals that have been rejected. Students in the tens of thousands — with popular backing across Chile — continue to march without official permission, and public sentiment against president Sebastian Piñera continues to grow.

Collected here are some scenes from the streets of Chile over the past few months.

10 Comments on "Chilean Students Demand Complete Transformation of Education System"

  1. The administrators will send their legions of teachers out to threaten anyone they recognize as their current student with lower grades because the only thing school taught was obedience to the system, not how to create change the system doesn’t want.

  2. The administrators will send their legions of teachers out to threaten anyone they recognize as their current student with lower grades because the only thing school taught was obedience to the system, not how to create change the system doesn’t want.

  3. Anonymous | Aug 29, 2011 at 6:53 pm |

    Universal Education/Heathcare. Sounds good to me.

    I think all students should be in the streets asking for this.

  4. Jin The Ninja | Aug 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm |

    Universal Education/Heathcare. Sounds good to me.

    I think all students should be in the streets asking for this.

  5. educate yourself before depending on a system. 

  6. educate yourself before depending on a system. 

    • Jin The Ninja | Aug 30, 2011 at 11:08 am |

      the students are protesting a market-driven system backed by the right wing ruling party. How is that depending on the system?

  7. Anonymous | Aug 30, 2011 at 3:08 pm |

    the students are protesting a market-driven system backed by the right wing ruling party. How is that depending on the system?

  8. Banana love | Aug 31, 2011 at 10:46 pm |

     What they demand should be the standard world wide….  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_student_protests_in_Chile#Demands

  9. Banana love | Aug 31, 2011 at 6:46 pm |

     What they demand should be the standard world wide….  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_student_protests_in_Chile#Demands

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