Conflict of Interests: The Politics of American Education

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McGraw-Hill, 2002 - Education - 218 pages
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Providing a critical understanding of the political and social forces shaping educational politics in the United States, this concise text describes and analyzes how policy is made for American schools and its effect on all of our lives and thinking. Joel Spring argues that the politics of Education is driven by a complex interrelationship between politicians, private foundations and think tanks, teachers'unions, special-interest groups, educational politicians, school administrators, boards of education, courts, and the knowledge industry. The text uses many current examples to illustrate conflicts over educational policies.

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Joel Spring is currently a professor at Queens College of the City University of New York. His great-great-grandfather was the first principal chief of the Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory, and his grandfather, Joel S. Spring, was a local district chief at the time Indian Territory became Oklahoma. Joel Spring worked as a railroad conductor on the Illinois Central Railroad and for many years lived each summer on an island off the coast of Sitka, Alaska. His novel, "Alaskan Visions," includes many of his Alaskan experiences. Professor Spring's major research interests are history of education, multicultural education, Native American culture, the politics of education, global education, and human rights education. He is the author of over 20 scholarly books, with the most recent being "Pedagogies of Globalization: The Rise of the Educational Security State"; "How Educational Ideologies are Shaping Global Society"; "Education and the Rise of the Global Economy"; and "The Globalization and Educational Rights." His book, "Wheels in the Head: Educational Philosophies of Authority, Freedom, and Culture from Socrates to Human Rights," has recently been translated into Chinese and published by the University of Peking Press.

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