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by Henry A. Giroux

eBook America's Education Deficit and the War on Youth: Reform Beyond Electoral Politics epub
  • ISBN: 1583673458
  • Author: Henry A. Giroux
  • Genre: Education
  • Subcategory: Schools & Teaching
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press (April 1, 2013)
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • ePUB size: 1972 kb
  • FB2 size 1243 kb
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America's latest war, according to renowned social critic Henry Giroux, is a war on youth. While this may seem counterintuitive in our youth-obsessed culture, Giroux lays bare the grim reality of how our educational, social, and economic institutions continually fail young people.

America's latest war, according to renowned social critic Henry Giroux, is a war on youth. Their systemic failure is the result of what Giroux identifies as "four fundamentalisms" mark America's latest war, according to renowned social critic Henry Giroux, is a war on youth. While this may seem counterintuitive in our youth-obsessed culture, Giroux lays bare the grim reality of how our.

America’s latest war, according to renowned social critic Henry Giroux, is a war on youth. While this may seem counterintuitive in our youth-obsessed culture. Their systemic failure is the result of what Giroux identifies as "four fundamentalisms": market deregulation, patriotic and religious fervor, the instrumentalization of education, and the militarization of society. Their systemic failure is the result of what Giroux identifies as four fundamentalisms: market deregulation, patriotic and religious fervor, the instrumentalization of education, and the militarization of society.

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Reform Beyond Electoral Politics. Their systemic failure is the result of what Giroux identifies as four fundamentalisms : market deregulation, patriotic and religious fervor, the instrumentalization of education, and the militarization of society

America’s latest war, according to renowned social critic Henry Giroux, is a war on youth. While this may seem counterintuitive in our youth-obsessed culture, Giroux lays bare the grim reality of how our educational, social, and economic institutions continually fail young people. Their systemic failure is the result of what Giroux identifies as “four fundamentalisms”: market deregulation, patriotic and religious fervor, the instrumentalization of education, and the militarization of society. We see the consequences most plainly in the decaying education system: schools are increasingly designed to churn out drone-like future employees, imbued with authoritarian values, inured to violence, and destined to serve the market. And those are the lucky ones. Young people who don’t conform to cultural and economic discipline are left to navigate the neoliberal landscape on their own; if they are black or brown, they are likely to become ensnared by a harsh penal system.
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TheSuspect
"America's Education Deficit and the War on Youth" by Henry Giroux is a searing critique of the corporatization of American education and what to do about it. Dr. Giroux is a highly influential scholar who has studied, written and taught on the subjects of education and culture for many decades. This passionate, intelligent and engaging book should appeal to everyone concerned about youth, democracy and the future.

Dr. Giroux connects the education deficit with the power of corporate authoritarianism. He observes that the public education system is under pressure to minimize critical thinking and science literacy so that students do not possess the skills to meaningfully question or challenge the status quo. As the privileges of the wealthy remains beyond reproach, pseudo-intellectuals are granted license to scapegoat immigrants, minorities, workers and the young. The author cites Mitt Romney's deceitful presidential campaign of 2012 as proof of how corporate public relations machines have been designed to narrow the discourse, manipulate facts and exclude the poor.

Dr. Giroux details the four fundamentalisms that empower the national security state. These include a market fundamentalism that espouses an extreme form of economic Darwinism; a religious fundamentalism that substitutes faith for critical thinking; an educational fundamentalism of punishment and privatization that excludes the public good; and a military fundamentalism of force and aggression that crowds out dialogue and civility.

Fortunately, Dr. Giroux explains how the Occupy movement has articulated a popular response to the corporate political agenda. Despite the criminalization of dissent, people have had the courage to speak truth to power. Dr. Giroux contends that educators can meaningfully contribute to this dialogue on pertinent issues such as gun violence, the common good and anti-science curriculums. Teachers must embrace their role as public intellectuals and prepare young people to understand their unique place in history. Through a pedagogy of "educated hope", the author believes that students who possess political awareness can apply their critical thinking skills to constructing meaningful futures for themselves and others.

I highly recommend this remarkably insightful and powerful book to everyone.
Ral
Giroux states his case that what passes for education and education policy in the U.S. amounts to a devastating attack upon our young people. But, at times, the book has the feel of a rush job. This could be as much the fault of the editor as Giroux's. For one thing, the strong criticisms are not fully explained, and they leave one hanging in mid argument. For another, there is a noticeable repetition of both phraseology and statements. Still, in the current debate over our educational crisis, it is a helpful addition… better said, a supplement to the highly recommended "Reign of Error," by Diane Ravitch.
Ferne
Henry Giroux assists in painting a picture of American Education that goes well beyond what
you have heard before. He reveals the causes of our school problems and provides solutions
that are worth considering. I highly recommend this book.
Yanki
This work must be given to each elected official in the world! But, first it should be read by every teacher, parent, religious leader, and child advocate. Seminal work!
Kifer
great book - informational sourse - only wish the book were fiction :)
Raelin
Henry Giroux's insight through a complete analysis of our education system throughout the US begs for reform of a system directed by the insane.
Lonesome Orange Kid
This book tells it like it is, offering a no-nonsense view of the war on public education.
We are being duped into thinking things will improve..they won't..but as long as we have our iPods and Reality TV we won't have to face the real reality.
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