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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
“This is classic Giroux in the sense that it contains all the passion, empathy, and righteous anger that we have come to associate with Henry Giroux. Impressive in his unflagging commitment to a public pedagogy that creates, sustains, and expands our discussions of what it means to be a citizen and member of a world community. Among so many strengths, I would single out this book’s attention to the youth of the world—not as ‘resources’ to be ‘developed’ and ‘trained,’ but as our best hope for a just world.”-David Palumbo-Liu, author, The Deliverance of Others: Reading Literature in a Global Age
“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
About the Author
Henry A. Giroux is a social critic and educator. He currently holds the Global Television Network Chair in Communication Studies at McMaster University, Ontario.
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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. Giroux contends that educators can meaningfully contribute to this dialogue on pertinent issues such as gun violence, the common good and anti-science curriculums. Teachers must embrace their role as public intellectuals and prepare young people to understand their unique place in history. Through a pedagogy of "educated hope", the author believes that students who possess political awareness can apply their critical thinking skills to constructing meaningful futures for themselves and others.
I highly recommend this remarkably insightful and powerful book to everyone.
you have heard before. He reveals the causes of our school problems and provides solutions
that are worth considering. I highly recommend this book.