The item below is from the Campaign for America’s Future. It is re-posted with the permission of its Co-Director, Roger Hickey.
The item provides a succinct description of how the agreement is being shaped to corporate priorities.
Although it does not address the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on academic institutions both here and abroad, higher education is becoming a major priority and, increasingly, “big business” in the nations of East Asia.
So, given the increasing corporatization of our institutions, the escalating efforts to privatize public education in the U.S., the relentless insistence that technology can be used to cut instructional allocations even farther than they have already been cut, and the concerns about the higher-ed-related provisions in the revised GATT agreements, it is difficult to imagine that this deal is going to be a largely good thing for higher education, either here or elsewhere.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)…
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