It's The Best Years Of Your Life They Want To Steal
The men at the factory are old and cunning
You don't owe nothing, so boy get runnin'
It's the best years of your life they want to steal
-- The Clash, Clampdown. Joe Strummer and Mick Jones
At its most rich, education is subversive. Education means struggling, at times for the sake of struggle. It means getting angry about the right things, and acting constructively to address them. Edupunk means sounding a barbaric YAWP in the interest of curiousity as to what will come out. I don't know when the notion of education as a transformative force lost currency as part of the mainstream discourse (here in the states, I suspect it was right around the time that the notion had difficulty fitting in a scantron bubble, or getting you into The Right School), but it's nice to at least hear people talking about a DIY ethic founded on openness and transparency as a solid way forward.
Seriously. Who did up the shirts?