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The Assault on Public Education: Confronting the Politics of Corporate School Reform (0) (Teaching for Social Justice) (Teaching for Social Justice (Paperback))
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The crux of this book lies in the statement, "One of the major reasons for the continuation of dominant discourse and policies is that the very nature of our common sense about education is constantly being altered" (Watkins, 2004, p. x). I see this with the Richmond County School System when they constantly change the curriculum before anyone can fully grasp what has been mandated for implementation. This is not only an assault on education it is an assault on the minds of students, teachers, administrators; the public as a whole. Due to the fact that "Today's world is all about profit and wealth accumulation at any cost" (Watkins, 2004, p. 16), the greedy corporations are creating a world where people are simply slaves to a system. The question we should be asking is how do we get out of this new age slavery? The first thing we have to do is regain our common sense about education and realize that the big corporations see true education as a danger to their big profits and wealth.
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When Watkins states that corporations are "fashioning a new America to conform to their economic and political ideology [by] employing the language of democracy and distress" why aren't we looking and asking ourselves what is the big picture? What is the agenda? When we do ask without the information put forth in this book then we are called conspiracy theorists. I, like you, have been talking to my colleagues for years saying the same things about education and many of them respond with, "Noooooo, they would never do that. That is a conspiracy theory." I would tell them to just sit back and watch then. I'm so glad Watkins wrote this book. The thing I like most about your post is that you use the word `us' in reference to people in society who are subject to these atrocities happening in the education system. So many times I get that it is a plot against blacks and the poor but I've always said the agenda is against people in society especially those who would dare to get an education to try and become change agents. There is an attack on education because as you stated the book points out that, "Education is one of the most dangerous as it is one of the few change agents remaining. In this neoliberal world, a humanistic, Socratic, interracial questioning education would be dangerous indeed." We certainly do need to sound the alarm and inform everyone before we all become too dumb to do anything but succumb to the agenda at hand.
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I also enjoying reading many of the brilliant essays collected inside. They are illuminating.