The Commodification of American Education

The Commodification of American Education

Author: T. Jameson Brewer

Publisher: Myers Education Press

ISBN: 9781975504373

Category: Education

Page: 200

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A 2022 SPE Outstanding Book Honorable Mention For the last few decades, teacher preparation has increasingly aligned itself with “best practices,” standards, and accountability, and such policies became mandatory in P-12 schooling nationwide. Technical skills instruction and methods have become the common practice of teacher preparation and accreditation of programs. Teacher candidates are encouraged to be unquestioning servants of a school system rather than educators who govern the meaning of schooling. The purpose of this book is to present a view of how we got to where we are today and to offer strategies to bring the job of teaching back to its roots. It seeks to identify the conservative influences that treat students as a commodity rather than future citizen scholars. For teacher candidates, this has meant the excision of social foundations of education courses and any further explorations of the philosophy of education or the history of schooling in their curricula. The Commodification of American Education looks at ways to re-establish teachers as professionals rather than mere technicians, and to take back public education to transform schools into places that educate while eliminating inequality and oppression. Perfect for courses such as: Social Foundations of Education | General Methods

College For Sale

College For Sale

Author: Wesley Shumar

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135399771

Category: Education

Page: 262

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This text provides a framework for understanding higher education in the US and other western countries since the 1970s whereby the logic of the market place has increasingly come to dominate all arenas and, in context, the education system. The author calls this process "commodification" and he describes the transformation of universities in the US and elsewhere as they attempt to accomodate the enforced changes on their academic lives and those of their students.; The book chronicles changes with the increasing focus on career and the movement towards the instrumental functions of education; the financial crisis and the development of a more corporate approach to education; of consumption that produce universities heavy with expensive, well-equipped and powerful administrations and decreasing numbers of ever more disenfranchised faculty.

Commodifying Education

Commodifying Education

Author: Roberto Leher

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9789463005821

Category: Education

Page: 124

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"The texts in this book do not compose a mere selection: the questions that guide the chapters form a cohesively and coherently structured totality which expresses the movement of construction of what the authors understand to be a new problematic in the education field in Brazil and in the world. The book addresses basic, professional and undergraduate education from perspectives that highlight different aspects of privatization, commercialization and commodification, as well as the presence of the business community in the definition of educational policies. These levels and modalities of teaching are analysed in articulation both with science, technology and so-called technological innovation policies and with the modus operandi of the state. “This is a book that should be read by teachers, administrators and all global citizens who have a stake in the future of the planet. Unlike many books by authors from the United States who attack poverty and economic inequality without critiquing capitalism, this book has the courage to challenge capitalism at its very roots. Capitalism connects us all and it will require all of us to dismantle capitalism and replace it with a socialist alternative. Commodifying Education reveals how education in Brazil is inextricably entangled in the logic and practice of economic fascism, which goes under many names, such as austerity capitalism and neoliberal capitalism. I urge educators everywhere to engage the lucid arguments presented in this important work.” – Peter McLaren, Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, Chapman University, and author of Pedagogy of Insurrection"

The WTO and the University

The WTO and the University

Author: Roberta Malee Bassett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135519315

Category: Education

Page: 222

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By and large, the debate about the merits of including higher education services within free trade policies has occurred outside of the United States, even though the U.S. Office of the Trade Representative has specifically included higher education services in its March 2003 negotiating offer to the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). This book emerged from research and conversations on the potential implications of free trade on American higher education, implications which have yet to lead to any real conversation or debate within the broad higher education community in the United States. It fills a niche in the literature on trade and higher education services by providing context and analysis of the trade issue in the American higher education context, as well as the pros and cons of free trade in higher education services from the perspectives of the U.S.-based actors.

Religion and American Education

Religion and American Education

Author: Warren A. Nord

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9781469617459

Category: Education

Page: 502

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Warren Nord's thoughtful book tackles an issue of great importance in contemporary America: the role of religion in our public schools and universities. According to Nord, public opinion has been excessively polarized by those religious conservatives who would restore religious purposes and practices to public education and by those secular liberals for whom religion is irrelevant to everything in the curriculum. While he maintains that public schools and universities must not promote religion, he also argues that there are powerful philosophical, political, moral, and constitutional reasons for requiring students to study religion. Indeed, only if religion is included in the curriculum will students receive a truly liberal education, one that takes seriously a variety of ways of understanding the human experience. Intended for a broad audience, Nord's comprehensive study encompasses American history, constitutional law, educational theory and practice, theology, philosophy, and ethics. It also discusses a number of current, controversial issues, including multiculturalism, moral education, creationism, academic freedom, and the voucher and school choice movements.

The Race Controversy in American Education [2 volumes]

The Race Controversy in American Education [2 volumes]

Author: Lillian Dowdell Drakeford Ph.D.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440832642

Category: Social Science

Page: 833

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In this unique two-volume work, expert scholars and practitioners examine race and racism in public education, tackling controversial educational issues such as the school-to-prison pipeline, charter schools, school funding, affirmative action, and racialized curircula. • Provides essays that are subjective and passionate yet grounded in scholarship and practical experience • Challenges assumptions about the roles race and racism play in educational policy and decision making • Offers ideas, strategies, and solutions aimed at decreasing racial inequality in public education • Addresses concerns related to a variety of historically marginalized student populations, including teen mothers, students with special needs, and immigrant populations • Examines global concerns associated with race, racism, and anti-racist pedagogy

The Virtual University?

The Virtual University?

Author: Kevin Robins

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199257930

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 348

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The Virtual University? brings together some of the best-known writers on contemporary social change to reflect on the radical transformations going on in higher education. Expansion, technology, and changing financial and performance structures have altered universities, affecting the way they are managed, their relations with the corporate world, their employees, and their users/customers/students. Has a culture of collegiality been replaced by one of managerialism? Has the liberal/national university been replaced by the global/virtual one? What changes does the digital world bring to the practice and experience of education? The book refuses to adopt a narrow focus towards its subject, rejecting technology-centred and education policy-focused approaches. Arguing for a need to situate changes in higher education in the broad contexts of globalization, the political economy, and historical trends, the book combines close attention to the complexities of on-the-ground changes in higher education with sensitivity towards the most consequential contextual pressures. The book lifts consideration of higher education into the mainstream of social transformations in the twenty-first century, arguing that a wide debate about changes in knowledge, markets, and management is demanded since the 'virtual university' concerns the character of intellectual culture itself.

Social Analysis of Education

Social Analysis of Education

Author: Philip Wexler

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351814133

Category: Education

Page: 234

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First published in 1987, this book offers an ideological critique of the new sociology of education, with the aim to redeem understanding of the social and historical character of knowledge. It argues that with an historical and social grasp, university knowledge can be understood as a collective product and can become a useful resource for encountering and transforming the social present. To reach this objective, the book reviews the history of the new sociology of education and shows how it is limited by earlier times and social conflicts. In doing so, it aims to continue the unrealized critical analysis that was promised by the new sociology of education and remained contained.

American Education and Corporations

American Education and Corporations

Author: Deron Boyles

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429855139

Category: Education

Page: 236

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Originally published in 1998, American Education and Corporations, provides a detailed study of the effects of commercialisation on the public school system. The book provides a powerful indictment of corporate culture and its influence on American public schooling, within a clear theoretical framework. The book looks at the threat of corporate culture to public education and advocates an understanding of the democratic importance of schooling as a public good.

Rethinking the History of American Education

Rethinking the History of American Education

Author: W. Reese

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230610460

Category: Education

Page: 292

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This collection of original essays examines the history of American education as it has developed as a field since the 1970s and moves into a post-revisionist era and looks forward to possible new directions for the future. Contributors take a comprehensive approach, beginning with colonial education and spanning to modern day, while also looking at various aspects of education, from higher education, to curriculum, to the manifestation of social inequality in education. The essays speak to historians, educational researchers, policy makers and others seeking fresh perspectives on questions related to the historical development of schooling in the United States.

WTO/GATS and the Global Politics of Higher Education

WTO/GATS and the Global Politics of Higher Education

Author: Antoni Verger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135237745

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 271

View: 690

Since the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) was created in 1995, there has been international pressure towards the liberalization of education all over the world, as well as new challenges to the traditional internationalization rationale in the field of higher education. Nevertheless, education liberalization under the GATS is also a contested process. Public universities, teachers unions, development NGOs and other education stakeholders have opposed and campaigned against the GATS in different countries and at a range of levels from local to global. Based on intensive fieldwork in the WTO headquarters and on two case studies (Argentina and Chile), Antoni Verger opens the black-box of the GATS negotiations in the field of education. His well-documented work explores in-depth how domestic actors and interests are key to understanding the constitution of the global education liberalization process entailed by the GATS as well as the opposition to this process in certain places. This book is crucial reading to anyone with an interest in the future of higher education.