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The times call for audacious and courageous responses to an education reform agenda that, sadly even under President Obama, embodies standardization, privatization, and competition at the expense of equity and a democratic vision of education. The authors of The Phenomenon of Obama offer such a response and bring us back to the true purpose of education: to nurture teaching and learning, collaboration, community, and social justice. Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Paul Carr and Brad Porfilio's book is thus a desperately necessary shot of critical democratic sobriety on the confusing politics of U.S. public education. More than ever before we need this type of serious institutional analysis, not myth-making media points, if we are to dare a new social order (either with the schools or without them). Richard Kahn, Education Department, Antioch University Los Angeles The perspectives offered by a wonderfully diverse collection of contributors provide a glimpse into the complex, multilayered factors that shape, and are shaped by, institutions of schooling today. The analyses presented in this text are critical as globalization and neoliberalism exert increasing levels of control over the public institutions meant to support the common good. Readers of this book will be well prepared to participate in the dialogue that will influence the future of public education in this nation - a dialogue that must seek the kind of change that represents hope for all students. Julie A. Gorlewski, Faculty of Education, SUNY New Paltz The Phenomenon of Obama and the Agenda for Education provides a justified critical analysis of the anti-democratic education reform initiatives being launched by powerful elites in the U.S. In times of increasing social, economic, and educational inequality, the sharp critique offered by this volume is one part lament, one part righteous indignation, and totally necessary. Wayne Au, Editor, Rethinking Schools, & Faculty of Education, University of Washington - Bothell Campus This urgently needed collection exposes the neoliberal architecture of the Obama administration's initiatives within and beyond education. These careful essays describe the economic, political, and philosophical formations underlying this administration's market-driven approaches to teaching and learning, as well as revealing the ideological strategies through which elites sell their one-sided policies to the public. Carr and Porfilio have compiled an engaging and indispensable resource for researchers, educators, and activists interested in understanding and confronting the contemporary corporatization and instrumentalization of education. Noah De Lissovoy, Faculty of Education, University of Texas at Austin
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