Cutting of Labor Studies Program Further Shows UMass Boston as Embarking on the Path to Corporatization
There's nothing quite like the Labor Studies program at UMass Boston. It's more than just the only Labor Studies BA program offered in New England. Labor Studies students have an opportunity to be treated as equals by sharing their experiences and knowledge, rather than simply being told the “right answer.” The most diverse classes I've taken, considering age and race, have been in Labor Studies classes.
The "inactivation" of the Labor Studies program is not only a tragedy for students in the program, but also for anyone who has concerns regarding paying their tuition bill or who loves cooperative learning. Taking a stand for Labor Studies is to take a stand for some of the best aspects of UMass Boston.
This kind of cooperative learning is becoming increasingly extinct at UMass Boston, as it is slowly killed off by the corporate model for education. The soul of learning has been torn apart by the operations of the “free market.”