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2014: The Year Students Stood Up For Their Rights

31 DEC 2014
Career Path : Education News

Milan students manifestation on October, 4 2013

There has perhaps never been a louder time for students speaking out about their education and rights. Protests in Hong Kong, Kosovo and the U.S. highlighted the fact that students today are more involved in their future, and the future of the world, than ever before. One of the biggest and most famous student strikes ever took place in 1970. Four students were killed in a protest against the American invasion of Cambodia, leading to a strike of over 4 million students in May of that year. 2014 saw some equally powerful protests, for equally good reasons – which were also for the most part peaceful.

Hong Kong

The Hong Kong student protest was no doubt one of the top newsmakers of 2014. The strike is still ongoing, though it has dwindled, making the current length of the protest approximately 2.5 months. The movement is in protest of anti-democratic policies of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPSCS). Umbrellas have become a symbol of these protests, used for blocking out police pepper spray. Today, Hong Kong police have worked hard to demolish the protest camps, although protesters have announced this is not the end of the protests.


In January of 2014, students in Kosovo hit the streets to protest internal corruption within their university. Ibrahim Gashi, Rector of the University of Pristina was found out by students to have published false papers in fake online journals to increase his reputation. Students also believed many other professors had carried out similar actions. The protests ended when Gashi resigned, and an investigation was undertaken to examine the credentials of the rest of the university’s faculty.


High school students in Carolina showed a force of resistance against the Conservative government’s plan to white-wash history classes. The government believed that current history classes did not show enough patriotism, as they included lessons on the slave trade and other dark moments in America’s history. Violent or anti-government events, such as the Boston Tea Party would also be largely censored in order to promote “respect for authority”. The fight still goes on to stop the censorship of history classes in Colorado.

What do you think was the greatest moment for students in 2014?

Source: Huffington Post