"In this critique and call to arms, Spring (Queens College, City Univ. of New York) contrasts schools in an ‘educational security state’ with ‘progressive education, [concluding] that the industrial-consumer paradigm for schooling has triumphed over education that searches for human happiness, is environmentally sensitive, empowers people as actors in the reconstruction of society, and uses the traditional knowledge of indigenous people….Recommended." – CHOICE, September 2006, Vol. 44, No. 01
"... it is a 'good read,' like a mystery novel that makes you want to jump to the last chapter to see where the author is leading... we are grateful to Joel Spring for writing it." - Sherry McCarthy & Glenn Hookstra, PsycCRITIQUES
About the Author
Joel Spring is on the faculty at Queens College of the City University of New York. His many publications include "Political Agendas for Education: From the Religious Right to the Green Party, Third Edition; Globalization and Educational Rights: An Intercivilizational Analysis; The Universal Right to Education: Justification, Definition, and Guidelines; Education and the Rise of the Global Economy; The Cultural Transformation of a Native American Family and Its Tribe 1763-1995; American Education, Twelfth Edition; The American School 1642-2000, Fifth Edition; Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality: A Brief History of the Education of Dominated Cultures in the United States, Fourth Edition; Wheels in the Head: Educational Philosophies of Authority, Freedom, and Culture From Socrates to Paulo Freire, Second Edition; " and "Conflicts of Interest: The Politics of American Education, Fourth Edition." He is the series editor of the Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education. This series focuses on studies of public and private institutions, the media, and academic disciplines that contribute to educating--in the broadest sense--students and the general public.