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The Phenomenon of Obama and the Agenda for Education: Can Hope Audaciously Trump Neoliberalism? (Critical Constructions: Studies on Education and Society) Paperback – May 1, 2011


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Since Barack Obama was elected in 2008, a few influential scholarly books have been written on the educational, socio-economic, political, and human implications of his presidency. This volume is definitely one of the few. It provides a rich, critical, and impartial analysis of President Obama's domestic and foreign policies, pointing out ways in which these policies have affected the learning of students and the lives of oppressed and colonized communities here and abroad. A must read!
Pierre W. Orelus, New Mexico State University
 
This collection of brilliant analyses of the unrelenting villainy of neoliberal capitalism should be read by anyone interested in warding off the corporate agenda in education and the social, political, economic and ecological catastrophe we're facing. It unravels the breathtaking audacity of American global imperialism's attempts to narcotize and pillage the masses. There's no way we can come out of this text and not be politically and morally outraged. More importantly, there's no way to exit and not think about radically altering education and society more broadly and act towards its realization.  
Ricardo D. Rosa, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth & Vice-President of Save Our Schools
 
Carr and Porfilio have organized an important text that casts a collective voice against educational policies of exclusion, power, and profiteering. The book makes timely contributions to the field of critical educational studies in offering incisive analysis of neoliberal policies and their consequences in limiting democracy, social justice, and critical thought in our schools. The writings organized here are essential for all those who want to transform education from yet another site of corporate profiteering into a laboratory of intervention for diverse community formations to create the world anew.      
 Michael Viola, Antioch University Seattle
 
In their second edition of The Phenomenon of Obama and the Agenda for Education, Carr and Porfilio present an honest and balanced critique of Obama's educational policies. The chapters take the readers on a journey through the various neoliberal policies that have especially hurt urban schools, teachers and students. A must read for anyone trying to understand where we are and where we are gong in education in the 21st century.
Rochelle Brock, Indiana University Northwest
 
The second edition of Carr and Porfilio's The Phenomenon of Obama and the Agenda for Education is as important today as when the first edition was published in 2011. The book's contributors make clear that the first African-American U.S. President's hopes and promises for change were really nothing more than a hoax and a guarantee for more of the same - particularly in relation to education. The authors outline what is wrong with the neoliberal management of education while presenting opportunities and pathways for a meaningful education in the 21st century. This book is a must read for all concerned citizens, educators, policy makers, and politicians who dare to question the neoliberal discourse and envision an authentic pedagogy of hope!
Ana Cruz, St. Louis Community College - Meramec --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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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