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Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

MARX AND EDUCATION: MISLEADING TITLE AND CONFUSING NARRATIVE

April 13th 2011

By m310See all my reviews (on Amazon.com)

Review at Amazon.com: Marx and Education (Routledge Key Ideas in Education) (Paperback)

This had the potential to be a book that shed important light on the Marxist educational tradition; however, I was confused by the narrative. The title misled me into believing that I was in for a discussion of Marxist educators. Originally, I was interested in the book because I hoped it would augment the writings of U.S. Marxists, such as Ramin Farahmandpur, Rich Gibson, E. Wayne Ross, and a few others. Yet the book is dedicated to neo-Marxists, and while she gives attention to McLaren as a progressive educator (mid-1980s), she provides scant attention to his Marxist writings. Those who have read any of McLaren’s writings since 1995 know that he is a Marxist-Humanist; he is clearly not a neo-Marxist. Anyone following Marxism in education in the USwould be hard pressed to find a more prominent and influential exponent than McLaren.

Furthermore, the significant contributions made upon U.S. Marxists by British Marxists such as Glenn Rikowski, Paula Allman, Dave Hill, and Mike Cole, are not highlighted. Why were there no significant discussions of Valerie Scatamburlo D’Annibale and Deb Kelsh? The narrative in this book is not so much about Marxist educators but rather progressive and neo-Marxist educators. Where were discussions of contributions of John Holst and Himani Bannerji? The book, Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory – a milestone in the debates over Marxism and education – was not even mentioned. This truly was a narrow reading of a very small field and as a result has shortchanged its readers. Mike Cole’s work in England is far superior.

Anyon has done good work on urban education, but needs to be more aware of what is happening in the Marxist arena as far as education is concerned. I like her basic summary of Marxist analysis but wanted to find out more about U.S.-based Marxist educators, especially since there are so few of them.

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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 16th APRIL 2011

EVENTS

WORKING CLASS STUDIES ASSOCIATION 2011 CONFERENCE: WORKING-CLASS ORGANIZATION AND POWER

June 22-25
University of Illinois Conference Center
750 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Opening Wednesday afternoon with registration, followed by a reception and keynote event, the 2011 WCSA conference will feature more than 70 panels and workshops, more than 200 presenters, as well as after-lunch plenaries, a banquet, and special events. Though planning continues for plenaries and other activities, dates of panels and workshops will not be changed without appropriate permissions.

More info: http://www.ler.illinois.edu/labor/wcsaconference.html

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ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER FOR CANADIAN DIMENSION MAGAZINE

Saturday, April 30
Plant Recreation Centre
930 Somerset St. West, Ottawa

Drinks 6:00 pm; Dinner 7:30 pm

“Influencing Local Decisions” – with guest speakers Suzanne Doerge (City for All Women Initiative) and Steven Shrybman (Friends of Lansdowne Park)

Tickets are $50/person and include a new one-year subscription to Canadian Dimension magazine. For tickets, call Jane/Geoff at 613-234-6933 or Peter at 613-728-7980.

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CU EXPO 2011: COMMUNITY-UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS

May 10-14, 2011
Waterloo, Ontario

In Waterloo Region about 600 community and university activists locally, nationally and internationally will be showcasing, networking and debating on community based research, on Community / University Partnerships and eight UN Millennium Developmental goals.

CU Expo 2011 will showcase the exemplars in community-university partnerships worldwide, and explore and introduce creative ways of strengthening our local communities.

The CU Expo movement began in Canada as a response to individuals involved community-university partnerships needing a forum to share experiences, strategies and ideas. CU Expo 2011 will address the conference objectives, themes and streams through a variety of session offerings and opportunities for dialogue.

Please visit our website http://www.cuexpo2011.ca to learn about the conference, and follow us on twitter @cuexpo2011.

This conference will provide inspiration, cutting edge knowledge, actions and many opportunities to connect with people alike.

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SOUNDS OF SOLIDARITY: A NIGHT OF LATIN MUSIC AND DANCE

Thursday April 21, 2011
JJR Macleod Auditorium, University of Toronto
1 Kings College Circle
6:30 PM

Come out and support UFCW Canada and the Organization of Latin American Students as they fundraise. All funds raised will be used to purchase health & safety equipment, bicycles and other necessities for migrant workers.

The show will consist of food, music, poetry, and dance performances, raffles and a silent auction. Doors will open at 6:30 with the show starting at 7:00 pm. The night promises to be an eventful evening with plenty of raffles and prizes being given away all night long.

Raffle prizes include:
– Tickets to Toronto FC game(s)
– Tickets to Toronto Blue Jays game(s)
– Tickets to see Grammy Award Winner Luis Enrique
– Gift-cards from HBC, Subway and other great prizes
– Jewellery and food vouchers

Tickets are only $14 for students and $18 for non-students.

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55TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION SOCIETY (CIES)

May 1-5, 2011
Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel
900 Rene Levesque Blvd. West
Montreal, Quebec

Noteworthy highlights in this year’s program, two lecture series—”Canadian Education in Perspective” and “A Tribute to Jackie Kirk”—will take place on Monday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 4, respectively. Other special events during the week-long conference include a plenary session on the conference theme; three invited panels focusing on current developments in education and around the world; an opportunity to visit two remarkable schools in the Montréal area; and the premiere of Carlos Alberto Torres’ theatrical piece, “Schooling of the oppressor or of the oppressed?,” influenced by the work of Paulo Freire.

More info: http://cies2011.mcgill.ca/CIES_2011_Montreal/CIES_2011_Montreal.html
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NEWS & VIEWS

PROGRESSIVE MEDIA SUFFER LOSSES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

Major progressive media stars have recently lost their platforms, while the Huffington Post eschews progressivism — both worrying developments in the media war with the right.

Read more: http://www.alternet.org/story/150548/progressive_media_suffers_losses_in_the_fight_against_the_right-wing_media_machine?page=1

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REBUILDING THE LEFT IN A TIME OF CRISIS

Leo Panitch is a political economist and theorist based at York University, Toronto, and is co-editor of Socialist Register. His most recent book is In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives (with Greg Albo and Sam Gindin). Leo spoke to New Left Project’s Edward Lewis about the long crisis of the left and his ideas for a reinvigorated anti-capitalist strategy. The discussion focuses on the labour movement, class and identity politics, proposal for a new kind of political party as well as some of the immediate questions faced by the left at the present juncture.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/492.php

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WHY THE UNITED STATES IS DESTROYING ITS EDUCATION SYSTEM

We spurn real teachers—those with the capacity to inspire—and replace them with instructors who teach to narrow, standardized tests. These instructors obey. They teach children to obey. And that is the point.

Read more: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/why_the_united_states_is_destroying_her_education_system_20110410/

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CHANGING THE LONG-FORM CENSUS-ITS IMPACT ON WOMEN’S EQUALITY IN CANADA

Report of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women

“The Committee heard about three possible impacts: the undercounting of vulnerable women and girls, the lack of data to conduct adequate gender-based analysis (GBA) of programs and policies, and the lack of data to evaluate programs and policies and to make strategic investments with respect to advancing the status of women.”

View the report here: http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2011/parl/XC71-403-1-1-05-eng.pdf

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‘BEYOND CAPITALISM’?: QUÉBEC SOLIDAIRE LAUNCHES DEBATE ON ITS PROGRAM FOR SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION

By Richard Fidler, The Bullet

At a convention held in Montreal on March 25-27, Québec solidaire (QS) concluded the second round in the process of adopting its program. More than 350 delegates from party associations across the province debated and adopted the party’s stance on issues in relation to the economy, ecology and labour. And they reaffirmed their determination to build the party as an independent political alternative, rejecting proposals by QS leaders to seek “tactical agreements” with the capitalist Parti québécois and/or the Parti vert (Greens) that would have allowed reciprocal support of the other party’s candidate in selected ridings.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/491.php

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education.

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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