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Education and the crisis of public values : challenging the assault on teachers, students, and public education / Henry A. Giroux

Main Author Giroux, Henry, 1943- Country Estados Unidos. Publication New York : Peter Lang, cop. 2012 Description XII, 129 p. ; 23 cm Series Counterpoints studies in the postmodern theory of education , 400 ISBN 978-1-4331-1216-4 CDU 371
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This book was awarded a CHOICE outstanding Academic Title and has received the Annual O. L. Davis, Jr. Outstanding Book Award from the AATC (American Association for Teaching and Curriculum) and the AESA (American Educational Studies Association) Critics Choice Award 2012 .
Education and the Crisis of Public Values examines American society's shift away from democratic public values, the ensuing move toward a market-driven mode of education, and the last decade's growing social disinvestment in youth. The book discusses the number of ways that the ideal of public education as a democratic public sphere has been under siege, including full-fledged attacks by corporate interests on public school teachers, schools of education, and teacher unions. It also reveals how a business culture cloaked in the guise of generosity and reform has supported a charter school movement that aims to dismantle public schools in favor of a corporate-friendly privatized system. The book encourages educators to become public intellectuals, willing to engage in creating a formative culture of learning that can nurture the ability to defend public and higher education as a general good - one crucial to sustaining a critical citizenry and a democratic society.

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Multiple educational aims result in an infinite number of ways to understand how schools ought to work. Depending upon the educational aim(s) of the writer, corporations, teachers unions, a common curriculum, diversity, or some other factor may be seen as damaging or protecting public schools. Giroux (English, McMaster Univ., Canada) uses citizenship as an educational aim and sees big business, federal and private funding, charter schools, and colleges of education as factors that damage public schools. For Giroux, public schooling is a space in which democratic values are developed (e.g., civic courage, dissent, freedom, equality, and justice). The current model of public education, however, constricts the ability of teachers and students to practice these values. In order to highlight what he sees as the precarious state of public education in the US and its possible effects on generations of citizens, the book is structured as a series of eight essays in which Giroux considers both general notions (e.g., public and private funding and critical pedagogy) and specific cases (e.g., Arne Duncan's support of charter schools and the relationship between Michael Bloomberg and the New York public school system). Summing Up: Essential. General readers, upper-division undergraduate students, and graduate students. J. A. Helfer Knox College

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Henry A. Giroux is the well-known author of numerous books and articles on society, education, and political culture. He is Waterbury Chair of Education at Pennsylvania State University and lives in State College, Pennsylvania.

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