Against schooling: toward an education that matters

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Paradigm Publishers, Sep 1, 2008 - Education - 196 pages
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In Against Schooling, Stanley Aronowitz passionately raises an alarm about the current state of education in our country. Discipline and control over students, Aronowitz argues, are now the primary criteria of success, and genuine learning is sacrificed to a new educational militarism. In an age where school districts have imposed testing, teachers must teach to test, and both teacher and student are robbed of their autonomy and creativity. The crisis extends to higher education, where all but a few elite institutions are becoming increasingly narrowly focused and vocational in their teaching. With education lacking opportunity for self-reflection on broad social and historical dynamics, Against Schoolingasks 'How will society be able to solve its most pressing problems?' Aronowitz proposes innovative approaches to get schools back on track.

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Contents

A Memoir
3
Education and Social Class
15
The World Turned Upside DownAgain
51
Copyright

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Stanley Aronowitz, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Cultural Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, has been a contributor to "The Nation", "The Village Voice", and "New Politics". His most recent books include "How Class Works" (Yale University Press, 2003) and "Left Turn: Forging a New Political Future" (Paradigm, 2006).