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America's Education Deficit and the War on Youth: Reform Beyond Electoral Politics Paperback – April 1, 2013
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“Giroux has written a compelling critical discourse analyzing the present crisis of democracy. We can only hope it will become a manifesto, taken up by an informed and energized citizenry—ready to act.”-Carol Becker, Professor of the Arts and Dean of the School of the Arts, Columbia University
“From Mobil/Exxon to the two presidential candidates, everyone has a cure for the ills of education, but as usual Henry Giroux sees the truth behind the rhetoric. Stop stealing the future from our young people, especially in the working class. Unable to get decent educations, chained to dead-end jobs, our young people are the targets of state-sponsored violence. Giroux knows personally this situation; this book is his intellectual autobiography. Listen to him and act.”-John Carlos Rowe, University of Southern California
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Dr. Giroux connects the education deficit with the power of corporate authoritarianism. He observes that the public education system is under pressure to minimize critical thinking and science literacy so that students do not possess the skills to meaningfully question or challenge the status quo. As the privileges of the wealthy remains beyond reproach, pseudo-intellectuals are granted license to scapegoat immigrants, minorities, workers and the young. The author cites Mitt Romney's deceitful presidential campaign of 2012 as proof of how corporate public relations machines have been designed to narrow the discourse, manipulate facts and exclude the poor.
Dr. Giroux details the four fundamentalisms that empower the national security state. These include a market fundamentalism that espouses an extreme form of economic Darwinism; a religious fundamentalism that substitutes faith for critical thinking; an educational fundamentalism of punishment and privatization that excludes the public good; and a military fundamentalism of force and aggression that crowds out dialogue and civility.
Fortunately, Dr. Giroux explains how the Occupy movement has articulated a popular response to the corporate political agenda. Despite the criminalization of dissent, people have had the courage to speak truth to power. Dr.Read more ›
you have heard before. He reveals the causes of our school problems and provides solutions
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This book tells it like it is, offering a no-nonsense view of the war on public education.Published 5 months ago by SJ
great book - informational sourse - only wish the book were fiction :)Published 18 months ago by no fiction
I purchased the ebook version of this and other books and found that I just don't like reading on a electronic device. I want a book in my hands. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Joseph
This work must be given to each elected official in the world! But, first it should be read by every teacher, parent, religious leader, and child advocate. Seminal work!Published on December 18, 2013 by Patrick
We are being duped into thinking things will improve..they won't..but as long as we have our iPods and Reality TV we won't have to face the real reality.Published on December 16, 2013 by artemis
The book attempts to make a few decent, if not exactly revelatory, points via repetitious pompous pontification. Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Very well written and researched, readable, progressive / radicle analysis of American education and how the shift from a good public education system has been brought about by... Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by Bruce M. Kerner