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Stephen Downes

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The Occupy movement is spreading to campuses, and meanwhile in Quebec, tens of thousands of students took to the streets to protest fee increases. Now I know student protests are nothing new - I myself led a march of 5000 students in Edmonton in the 1990s. But there's a new connectedness - symbolized by a rare joint edition of three Quebec student newspapers. "Calling for accessibility to education recognizes the long-term public good. It’s a fight for a fair funding model and for an investment in the future. Students have realized we cannot afford to be the scapegoat for a set of broken systems any longer and that real dialogue about alternatives at this point is mandatory." Quite right.

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