Student Movements Spreading Around the World


Every few months, the national response plays out in a performative way which lasts a few days, but nearly three weeks after Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, where 17 people were killed, the conversation has not faded, because the students have lobbied lawmakers, spoken with Trump and met with other students in Chicago. These notable incidents are examples of protests that have indirectly shaped political and cultural movements since the 1960s, within a period of social flux and a wave of student protests were at the heart during the period.

The protests come on the heels of youth movements, but several of the students have noted the incongruity, although history is full of college students who were successful and still resonate through their actions, so here are some cases where young people challenged society. The post-World War era was marked by an expansion of higher education levels as that generation of students was not satisfied with the strict campus rules and inequalities and became the source or a reflection in the United States.

The very first student protest was initiated by Asa Dunbar and was directed against the University’s quality of food, but the College President was greatly incensed and proceeded to suspend half of the student body. Additionally, the movements also had an effect on institutes as one of the notable outcomes was the consolidation of representation within decision-making governments and also had an impact on the examination system and academic credentials.

1. The lunch sit-ins which began with teenagers at a Woolworth’s counter

Perhaps more than anything, the Greensboro sit-ins showed a small group prepared to stand if necessary and identify what they want, without asking for help. Those young men, all students, made their stand in 1960 and were joined by 300 others, before the sit-ins spread and lunch counters were desegregating, leading directly to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee formed in April.

2. What began as one student’s calling on climate change has school strikes planned

After the elections, she made her strike most Fridays, spreading it both online and on the streets and as a result even in Australia students skipped class to protest the climate policies due to this shy leader of 16, an unlikely figurehead for a movement, prone to depression and powerfully shaken by pollution, extinction and climate. There was a lonely start when Swedish Greta Thunberg was a solitary protester, refusing to attend school in order to draw attention to the state of the climate: the past five years were the warmest, and a report by the United Nations Panel warned that the world will face wildfires, shortages and catastrophic effects. Her protest drew attention, but she criticized negotiators, saying that they leave a burden to the children, and traveled to attend the Economic Forum in Switzerland, where she talked about the planet’s future, after being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

3. Like many former European colonies, Indian student movements started in 1920.

Students played a significant role in the colonial rule.

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