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Almost 465 thousand jobless did not receive any social protection for almost 9 month.

 

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The type and quality of work are important determinants of the long-term labour market prospects of young people. In this regard, it is worrying to note that around the world, many youth are trapped in low-productivity, temporary or other types of work that fall short of their aspirations and that often do not open opportunities to move to more permanent, higherproductivity and better-paid positions. Young people often go through a transition period, during which work, study, travel and other activities complement each other. although such a transition period by itself is no reason for concern, there are signs that youth in developed economies are increasingly trapped in non-standard jobs and the transition to decent work continues to be postponed. The growth of temporary employment and part-time work in the past decade, in particular since the global economic crisis, suggests that this work is increasingly taken up because it is the only option available

DianePoverty is not destiny; it’s policy.

In the next year the Public Universities in Portugal will receive less 15 millions euros than they received from the State this year. At least this is the proposal presented by the government. Since 2005 this means a cut of almost one forth. Of course the President of the Portuguese Universities Deans Council (CRUP), said this could imply a “net sustainability” problem.

In addition the proposed cut in the budget of polytechnic Institutes can amount to 30% in six years. Anyway we all know that this is untenable.

A AGENDA POLÍTICA PORTUGUESA

A desinformação continua a todo vapor nos media portugueses que se auto-proclamam como “referência”. A intensificação da crise capitalista neles é edulcorada ou omitida de todo. Neste momento a desagregação da União Europeia já pode ser antevista; a catástrofe da economia espanhola é o assunto do dia (a seguir vem a Itália); o descarte da Grécia da zona euro está anunciado para Setembro próximo (depois de ser deixada exangue pela troika UE/BCE/FMI); a classificação “triplo A” da própria Alemanha já está sob ameaça; o dólar americano cambaleia sob o peso de uma dívida impagável (e o mesmo se passa com a libra britânica). Seria um objecto de discussão com interesse saber quem ruirá primeiro, se o euro ou o dólar.

Enquanto isso, a opinião pública vai sendo entretida com casos de figurinhas insignificantes e desprezíveis como o sr. Relvas e a sua licenciatura mal amanhada. A pequena política serve nesse caso para ocultar o que é importante. Quanto à troika, os palradores da TV asseveram diariamente ser preciso que Portugal cumpra a todo custo as suas exigências — ou seja, ao custo da destruição do tecido produtivo do país, da sua economia real.

Está na hora de enfrentar opções que têm de ser enfrentadas, como a manutenção de Portugal no euro e na UE, a recuperação da soberania monetária, o lançamento de uma nova moeda de emissão estatal (e não de banqueiros privados como agora), a cessação de pagamentos ao exterior e de empréstimos cada vez mais ruinosos, a renacionalização do sector financeiro e de grandes grupos económicos oligopolistas, a redemocratização de Portugal. A opção está entre sofrer dificuldades temporárias imediatamente após a saída do euro e da UE e a servidão perene ao capital financeiro que nos condenará a um subdesenvolvimento cada vez maior. Daqui a um par de anos, com a continuação das actuais receitas da troika, poderá ser tarde. O exemplo grego é eloquente.

My friends of resistir.info had put the finger in the wound. The little politic has much to offer in these times that appeal to action. The little intrigue offer distractions from the real issues that matter to all of us: do we consent in the overthrow of public education, social security and public health?; do we consent in more shrinkage in our incomes?; do we consent in work with less and less security and future perspectives?; do we consent in more than 1000000 jobless people, most of them young?, do we consent in a minimum wage of about 500 euros?

We must choose.

In here or here we can find a discussion on what Bill Gates‘ Foundation try, and to some extent has managed, do to American schools.

So to summarize my views:
We need to pursue the conditions necessary for solid reflective, collaborative cultures at schools. These are dynamic processes that rely on the leadership and inspiration of everyone involved. They require trust to be invested in our school leaders, who in turn need to trust their teachers to engage in this often open-ended work. Constant pressure to raise test scores and top-down mandates destroy this. These external pressures do not add coherence—they subtract it. Teachers need autonomy and time, and they need support, access to partners, the use of strong models of collaboration, and small class sizes so they are not overwhelmed every day. We need to strengthen, not eliminate due process, when we ask teachers to open their classroom practices to one another and reflect honestly about their practice.