International Students Day

Today many people celebrate International Students Day. According the an entry in the English Wikipedia, it commemorates Nazi troops killing, injuring, and incarcerating students Prague and elsewhere in Czechoslovakia in 1939 and it has been celebrated since 1941.

International Students’ Day is an international observance of student activism, held annually on November 17.

Taking the day differently than its original meaning, a number of universities mark it, sometimes on a day other than November 17, for a nonpolitical celebration of the multiculturalism of their international students.

Regardless of whether it has been hijacked from its origins, the day is worth celebrating. Both because students have too often been the victims of military police (remember Kent State, too) and because students often realize the ills of government before they become apparent to the general population, I am glad to observe this commemoration.



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