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The subject of education is a contentious issue in our world. The Politics of Education: An Introduction, critically examines the overt and covert political issues suffusing education. Questions of What is education?, What do we teach?, and How do we teach? are all political questions, the answers to which empower certain individuals, groups and viewpoints over others. This book explores the political contexts that shape our conceptions of education and guides our pedagogical practice. Contemporary educational theory and practice are taken to task for attempting to instill democratic values and a love of freedom anti-democratically with little to no freedom. For example, The Politics of Education considers the effects of standardized examinations on the individual and her ability to function in a democratic society. Critiques of contemporary educational theory and practice by Dewey, Foucault, Bourdeau, classical conservative thinkers and others are considered. This book examines education through historical and international lenses where appropriate. Alternative meanings and modes of education grounded in critical pedagogy are offered as steps in revolutionizing education.
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Studio: Sense Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Feb 14, 2007
Publisher Sense Publishers
ISBN 9087900376 ISBN13 9789087900373
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A note from the author Mar 22, 2008
True I am the author of this modest tome (so how many stars should I have given it??), but let me specify what I think the strengths of this book are. You can spend countless hours and days sifting through Freire, Kincheloe, McLaren, Bourdeau, hooks, Chomsky, Friedman (yes, Uncle Milty that is), and perusing all sorts of material on No Child Left Behind, curriculum foundations and the politics of education....OR you can give my book a chance. I do my best to condense and interpret all the pertinent arguments in an explication and defense of critical pedagogy in a highly readable manner. Further, most critical pedagogy literature is written by university academics with university settings in mind (nothing wrong with this mind you), but I am a high school teacher and draw from my experiences teaching at this level (as well as in middle school) in America, the Caribbean and South Korea to illustrate concepts like hegemony, ideology, humanization, cultural capital, heuristics, and a host of others. Check it out, and I hope you enjoy it at the same time you learn something. Venceremos!