Student Demostrations in the United States

Student Demostrations in the United States

Thousands of students across various campuses in the United States have assembled in demonstrations and protests against fee hikes, dwindling academic resources, and other concerns. Most recently, news media have been inundated with stories of excessive police force used on students at the University of California in Davis last weekend.

The incident has sparked severe push back and criticism from students, alumni, faculty and others embroiled in the larger “Occupy” movement. After all, the vast majority of protestors were students, engaged in a peaceful act of demonstration. Nonetheless, police reaction has far from discouraged students at both UC Davis and nationwide to refrain from continuing in their goal for change. If anything, it appears to have motivated them further.

The issues of rising tuition, increases in the cost of living, and a dwindling job market, have provoked outrage and a call for action among citizens both nationally as well as globally for quite some time now. So… where is that change?

The United States’ education system is the foundation for future growth and progress for the country as a whole. Despite this reality, a resolution does not seem to be anywhere in sight, so it appears students are taking matters into their own hands through continued efforts of rallying and demanding their voices to be heard.
Ultimately, however, will these organized methods of protest work? Or do they just add to the already complicated troubles our academic institutions are facing? What are the best methods to achieve compromise and acceptable resolutions among all parties involved?