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 liberation.
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Sarah Knopp is a public high school teacher in Los Angeles. She has been teaching economics and government for eleven years. A frequent contributor to the International Socialist Review, Knopp also has written for Rethinking Schools, CounterPunch, and United Teacher. She is an activist with United Teachers Los Angeles, a union co-chair at her school, and a dedicated participant in the movements for public education, immigrants rights, and social equality.
Jeff Bale is assistant professor of second language education at Michigan State University. He teaches and writes about the history and politics of language education in US schools, and about language policies targeting immigrant youth in Germany. His work has appeared in International Socialist Review, Annual Review of Applied Linguistics and Tertium Comparationis. In addition, Bale taught English learners and German in urban public schools for a decade. In District of Columbia Public Schools, he was a building representative for the Washington Teachers' Union. While teaching in Tempe, Arizona, Bale was active in school-based and community organizations challenging anti-bilingual education policies in that state.
This book is a breath of fresh air! The chapters take on central issues in education with a clear vision of what could be.”
Jean Anyon, author of Marx and Education
Education and Capitalism clears the path for new understanding of the current assault on public schooling and points towards important directions if we are to save it.”
Peter McLaren, author of Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Pedagogy of Revolution
Education and Capitalism is a timely and decisive book that provides a framework for those of us engaged in the fight for better schools, stronger unions, and increased standard of living for all.”
Jesse Sharkey, vice president of the Chicago Teachers Union
A must-read for anyone interested in understanding the fundamental injustice of the corporate reform of public education in the United States.”
Wayne Au, editor of Rethinking Schools
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