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Occupy Bloomington Event Criticizes State Of Education

Occupy Bloomington protestors held an event in Dunn Meadow on Thursday demonstrating against what they say is the poor state of education in the U.S.

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Occupiers say the amount of debt students have after graduating from college is unacceptable.

Local Occupiers organized in Dunn Meadow on Thursday to participate in a national Defense of Education Day. Occupiers set up tables and booths with informational pamphlets critiquing the state of education in the United States.

Occupier and school psychology doctoral student Kelly Thomas says student debt is one of many educational issues she is concerned about.

“Students often literally have to work their entire lives to pay for an education that they got when they were 18 that often they didn’t know what they were in it for, what their goals were,” she says.

A teach-in session about student debt accompanied Thursday’s event on the Indiana University campus.

Danny Weddle, founder of Dandelion Village living cooperative, says that is a topic that speaks to college students but also to people who graduated from college many years ago.

“A lot of the work I do at Dandelion Village is based on getting mid to late 20 somethings into houses that they own, which is incredibly hard to do,” Weddle says. ” Some of the people I’ve talked to are 80 grand in debt.”

As the event wound down Thursday, some Occupiers were preparing to stay the night in Dunn Meadow.

Julie Rawe

Julie is Assistant Producer of Noon Edition. In addition to reporting for WFIU, she also works as an intern for NPR's State of the Re:Union. She is a graduate of Indiana University where she studied French, anthropology, and African studies.

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