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.

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  • Okarin

    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.

  • Okarin

    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.

  • Anonymous

    Universal Education/Heathcare. Sounds good to me.

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

  • Jin The Ninja

    Universal Education/Heathcare. Sounds good to me.

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

  • ICE

    educate yourself before depending on a system. 

    • Jin The Ninja

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

  • ICE

    educate yourself before depending on a system. 

  • Anonymous

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

  • Banana love

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

  • Banana love

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