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Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation

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A conservative, bipartisan consensus dominates the discussion about what’s wrong with our schools and how to fix them. It offers “solutions” that scapegoat teachers, vilify unions, and impose a market mentality. But in each case, students lose. This book, written by teacher-activists, speaks back to that elite consensus and offers an alternative vision of learning for libe
Paperback, 220 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Haymarket Books (first published March 13th 2012)
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Mesut Bostancı
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
this book had be getting pumped up about emancipatory education on the morning commute. I work in education and it is a constant barrage of neoliberal ideology, tearing down any higher concept of education as a social right and a social good into some scheming "business skill", and test score. This book is a collective middle finger to all of that bad news. It is a feel-good book.

I often read about "Praxis" when reading in Marxism, and it can sometimes make very little practical sense. This boo
Najla Gomez
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Imagine a society in which teachers and students democratically decided what learning should look like and where learning was freed from the confines of a classroom. Imagine what true lifelong learning could look like in a world in which we were free to develop our own courses of study and unlock the creative potential of humanity."
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Knopp has managed to put together a wonderfully informative read with Education and Capitalism. Although educators and teachers won't find a how-to guide on Social Justice they'll nonetheless be inspired to get behind an educational reform revolution that'll finally take down the unproductive system of Capitalism. Knopp briefly touches upon theories by explaining general Marxism. She does so with clarity and with historical evidence derived mainly from the Russian and Cuban Revolution. Throughou ...more
Dena Lake
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: education
I am currently using this book as the basis for a reading group with NJTAG, a teacher-activist group in northern New Jersey. It's really great for analyzing specific aspects of our current public ed system alongside other readings. For example, we read Brian Jones' chapter "The Struggle for Black Education" alongside a few articles by Gloria Ladson-Billings and a piece on critical race theory by Antonia Darder. It definitely provides for a rich discussion!
Dan Sharber
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
all the stars!! fantastic book on many of the issues in education today. crowded in history and theory the book not only recounts the problems with much of the 'reform' schemes on offer through groups like the broad and bill and melinda gates' foundations but also lays out a clear vision for a radical model of education. a model built around social justice and liberatroy pedagogy. very timely and engaging.
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: education, politics
A political economy of public education in the age of No Child Left Behind could be deeply discouraging, but this volume does not just deliver the bad news, it also offers inspiring and creative possibilities that educators and parents can struggle for together, as well as descriptions of precedents such as the 'Freedom Schools' in the United States and the amazing literacy campaign in Cuba following the revolution. The chapter on Paolo Freire is excellent in itself.
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A must read for radicals and educators.
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great book. A little too American in its focus for me, but still some very useful pieces. The chapter on teacher unionism is excellent.
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