From Publishers Weekly
This perceptive, piquant proposal for educational reform by educator Giroux ( Theory and Resistance in Educaton ) exposes the supposedly anti-democratic assumptions and underlying elitist prejudices of, among others, Allan Bloom and William Bennett, who see education in terms of "a narrowly defined labor market perspective." Inspired by John Dewey's "vision of public schools as democratic spheres . . . where the skills of democracy can be practiced, debated, and analyzed," Giroux argues that the proper function of schools is that of "citizenship education," the teaching of critical skills that advance emancipatory interests, promote equity and justice, and improve not merely SAT scores, but the quality of public life. Giroux draws upon Marxism, feminism, liberation theology and the pedagogical theories of Paulo Freire et al., and addresses a wide range of interrelated subjectsauthority in the classroom, ethics, teacher education, literacyin terms of their "critical" significance, that is, their role in making the school into a "progressive force in the ongoing struggle for democracy as a way of life."
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About the Author
Henry A. Giroux
currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department. He has published numerous books and articles and his most recent books include America’s Educational Deficit and the War on Youth
(2013) and Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education
(2014). The Toronto Star has named Henry Giroux one of the twelve Canadians changing the way we think! Read the article here:
Twelve Canadians Changing the Way We Think