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2011-12 Topic paper - Education
« on: April 25, 2011, 08:49:37 PM »
Based on feedback during the year I have decided to resubmit the educational reform (i.e, reduce the role of neo-liberal educational policies) controversy proposal. I am attached a supplement which revisits the paper and provides a current assessment of the core controversy. Both papers are attached to this post and I am happy to answer any questions you might have.

Gordon
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kevin kuswa

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Re: 2011-12 Topic paper - Education
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2011, 08:39:32 AM »
Let's debate education!  It is what we do!  This is also a great paper and incredibly timely.

Giroux has a new book out about Casino Capitalism and Zombie Politics.

Zombie Politics (including the "cede the political" numbness) is the 4th most important geopolitical issue of our time.

Kevin

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Re: 2011-12 Topic paper - Education
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2011, 11:59:01 AM »
I, of course, agree that this is a remarkably timely issue and relevant to all of us.

One question I have heard via backchannel is how this topic actually would be framed. The neoliberal rationale is an overarching term that allows us to group a series of free-market inspired reforms to education. Charter schools, teacher testing and standardized exams are three huge subsets of education and all they embrace the logic of a free market in education. Because the FG (under Bush and now Obama) has become so involved in pushing states to embrace these approaches there is not a lot of difference between mainstream GOP/Democratic approaches at the overall level of supporting neoliberal programs.

If we debated the topic you would have the ability to draw upon how this shift, which has happened in your lifetime, is influencing the fabric of fabric of education. The controversy paper update talks about Waiting for Superman as an example of the popular support for these neoliberal reforms and the growing backlash against these approaches. The controversy is framed to put our topic right in the middle of discussing what education policy should be for the next generation.

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Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
University of Southern California

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Re: 2011-12 Topic paper - Education
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2011, 12:18:49 PM »
Let's debate education!  It is what we do!  This is also a great paper and incredibly timely.

Giroux has a new book out about Casino Capitalism and Zombie Politics.

Zombie Politics (including the "cede the political" numbness) is the 4th most important geopolitical issue of our time.

Kevin

Remind me again, what was the 7th? I seem to have misplaced my list.

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Re: 2011-12 Topic paper - Education
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2011, 12:23:48 PM »
i think this is a great topic idea, and once again it will probably be near the top of our ballot.   Gordon should submit it every year until it wins.  Reducing free market reforms in our public school system is timely, a new twist on mechanism direction, and allows us to debate about the institutions that our programs reside in.

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Re: 2011-12 Topic paper - Education
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2011, 12:27:09 PM »
Let's debate education!  It is what we do!  This is also a great paper and incredibly timely.

Giroux has a new book out about Casino Capitalism and Zombie Politics.

Zombie Politics (including the "cede the political" numbness) is the 4th most important geopolitical issue of our time.

Kevin

Remind me again, what was the 7th? I seem to have misplaced my list.

#7 was the publication of Zizek's "Revolution at the Gates" when human beings for the first time in the history of human affairs were now free to "do nothing" like never before.

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Re: 2011-12 Topic paper - Education
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2011, 12:33:30 PM »
The whole secret to the list is that #6 is #1, after escaping with #2...

Let's debate education!  It is what we do!  This is also a great paper and incredibly timely.

Giroux has a new book out about Casino Capitalism and Zombie Politics.

Zombie Politics (including the "cede the political" numbness) is the 4th most important geopolitical issue of our time.

Kevin

Remind me again, what was the 7th? I seem to have misplaced my list.

#7 was the publication of Zizek's "Revolution at the Gates" when human beings for the first time in the history of human affairs were now free to "do nothing" like never before.