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Education as Enforcement: The Militarization and Corporatization of Schools: The Militarization and Corporation of Schools [Kindle Edition]

K. Saltman

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With surveillance cameras, chainlink fences, surprise searches and metal detectors our public schools increasingly resemble the military and prisons. The first book to focus on the intersections of militarization, corporations and education, Education as Enforcement shows how schooling has become the means through which the expansion of global corporate power is enforced. Whether through accountability and standards, school security, or other discipline based reforms, militarized education in the U.S. needs to be understood in relation to the enforcement of corporate economic imperatives and to a sense of "law and order" that pervades our popular culture. Such an understanding will enable the conception of strategies for renewing a spirit of public civic engagement and democratic responsibility.

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"This volume offers us a powerful look at what our current education system is doing to us instead of for us. If you have any doubt that education has become a business designed to first serve corporate interests, then political interests, and rarely individual and community interests, "Education as Enforcement is a real education for you."-Gloria Ladson-Billings, University of Wisconsin, Madison "For those of us who have worried that the high-standards, high-stakes reform movement really seeks to mold children into standardized, docile, obedient widget makers taking orders from global corporations, "Education as Enforcement provides the realization of our worst nightmare. The chapters range from the abstract and conceptual to concrete examples in the schools of Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia to descriptions of how video games train children as soldiers. About the most comforting words in the book are only that the totalitarian trend we are enduring is not inevitable."-Gerald W. Bracey, George Mason University and High/Scope Educational Research Foundation

About the Author

Kenneth J. Saltman is Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Studies at DePaul University. David A. Gabbard is Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at East Carolina University's School of Education.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4575 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0415944880
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: RoutledgeFalmer (18 April 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • ASIN: B001948TYA
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5.0 out of 5 stars The emperor is no longer seen as fully dressed 16 July 2003
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Until we all realize that the schools have largely become vehicles for replicating the status-quo, for producing people who will follow orders and buy products, and maybe even increase prison populations, we will continue our cultural spiral downhill. This book and its very credible authors explain why we should be concerned.
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