Description - Knowledge and Power in the Global Economy by David A. Gabbard
Advancing a three-fold political agenda, this volume: illuminates how the meanings assigned to a whole vocabulary of words and phrases frequently used to discuss the role and reform of US public schools reflect an essentially economic view of the world; contends that education or educational reform conducted under an economized worldview will only intensify the effects of the colonial relations of political and economic domination that it breeds at home and abroad; and offers a set of alternative concepts and meanings for reformulating the role of US public schools and for considering the implications of such a reformulation more generally for the underlying premises of all human relationships and activities. Towards these ends, the authors, in Part One, critically examine many of the most commonly used terms within the rhetoric of educational reform since the early 1980s and before. Part Two links today's economized worldview to curricular and instructional issues.
These essays are especially important for comprehending how the organization of school curriculum privileges those disciplines deemed most central to market expansion - maths and science - and how the political centrality of the economic sphere influences the nature of the knowledge presented in specific content areas. Given that language constraints as well as advances human thought, the twin tasks of deeconomizing education and decolonizing society will require a vocabulary that transcends the familiar terminologies addressed in Parts One and Two. The entries in Part Three cultivate the beginnings of such a vocabulary as the authors elucidate innovative concepts which they view as central to the creation of truly alternative educational visions and practices.
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