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Jean Anyon

TWO MORE REVIEWS OF ‘MARX AND EDUCATION’ BY JEAN ANYON – PATRICK AINLEY, AND ADAM SANCHEZ

Patrick Ainley reviews Jean Anyon’s ‘Marx and Education’ (Routledge, 2011) in the latest update to the Marx & Philosophy Society Review of Books. See: http://marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/reviews/2011/366

Adam Sanchez also reviews ‘Marx and Education’ by Jean Anyon in the latest issue (No.78) of International Socialist Review. See Sanchez’s review, Radical education theory 101, at: http://www.isreview.org/issues/78/rev-marxeducation.shtml

In my view, both of these reviews rather skate over, or ignore, many of the glaring faults in Anyon’s book. However, I think as many people as possible should read it; in that way, it might become more apparent regarding what the real tasks are for Marxist educational theory.

The obsession with Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis’ Schooling in Capitalist America (1976) continues. Of course, it is a classic work of Marxist educational theory, and continues to be useful. However, I would like to think that Marxists have made some progress in their thinking on education since the seminal work of Bowles and Gintis. See Sarah Knopp’s review, What do schools produce? of the newly-republished classic at: http://www.isreview.org/issues/78/featrev-schooling.shtml  

 

 

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Education and Capitalism

EDUCATION AND CAPITALISM: STRUGGLES FOR LEARNING AND LIBERATION

EDITED BY JEFF BALE AND SARAH KNOPP

Forthcoming Fall 2011

“This book is a breath of fresh air! The chapters take on central issues in education with a clear vision of what could be. Class, race, language and culture become not just educational ‘problems,’ but tools with which to rethink the future. A stellar addition to books in our field” —Jean Anyon, author of Marx and Education

“At a time when the capitalist class and their corporate allies in the media have waged an all-out assault on teachers, students, and public education, Education and Capitalism responds by speaking truth to power.…Drawing from the lived experiences of the editors and their students, and informed by cutting edge socio-political critique, Education and Capitalism clears the path for a new understanding of the current assault on public schooling and points towards important directions if we are to save it.” —Peter McLaren, author of Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Pedagogy of  Revolution 

In the first decade of the twenty-first century, a conservative, bipartisan consensus dominates about what’s wrong with our schools and how to fix them. In each case, those solutions scapegoat teachers, vilify our unions, and promise more private control and market mentality as the answer. In each case, students lose—especially students of color and the children of the working class and the poor.

This book, written by teacher activists, speaks back to that elite consensus. It draws on the ideas and experiences of social justice educators concerned with fighting against racism and for equality, and those of activists oriented on recapturing the radical roots of the labor movement. Informed by a revolutionary vision of pedagogy, schools, and education, it paints a radical critique of education in Corporate America, past and present, and contributes to a vision of alternatives for education andliberation. Inside are essays that trace Marxist theories of education under capitalism; outline the historical educational experiences of emergent bilingual and African American students; recap the history of teachers’ unions; analyze the neoliberal attack on public schools under Obama; critically appraise Paolo Freire’s legacy; and make the historical link between social revolution and struggles for literacy.

With contributions from:
Rose Aguilar
Megan Behrent
Bill Bigelow
Michele Bollinger
John T. Green
Jesse Hagopian
Adrienne Johnstone
Brian Jones
Jessie Muldoon
Gillian Russom
Adam Sanchez
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Elizabeth Terzakis
Dan Trocolli

Sarah Knopp is a public high school teacher inLos Angeles and an activist with United Teachers Los Angeles.

Jeff Bale is assistant professor of second language education at Michigan State University. Their work has appeared in Rethinking Schools, International Socialist Review, and CounterPunch

Available Fall 2011 |Trade paper | $17.00 | 220 pages | ISBN: 9781608461646 | Published by Haymarket Books | http://www.haymarketbooks.org | info@haymarketbooks.org | 773-583-7884

For review or desk copies, contact Sarah Macaraeg, sarah@haymarketbooks.org

Book details at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/52611703/EDUCATION-AND-CAPITALISM-STRUGGLES-FOR-LEARNING-AND-LIBERATION

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Schools in Crisis

THE EDUCATION SHOCK DOCTRINE 

International Socialist Review

ISSUE 71: May-June 2010

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The education shock doctrine

Letter from the editors

ANALYSIS IN BRIEF

Lance Selfa 
The right on the defensive 
The passage of health care reform gives the Democrats new legs

PLUS: Helen Redmond on the health care bill—prescribing aspirin for cancer; Joel Geier on contradictions in the economic recovery

COLUMN

Phil Gasper • Critical thinking 
The imperial war in Afghanistan

FEATURES 

Gillian Russom 
Obama’s neoliberal agenda for education 

Gillian Russom 
The case against charter schools 

Adam Sanchez 
Disaster schooling: How the “shock doctrine” is playing out in New Orleans, Chicago, and Detroit 

Arundhati Roy 
Bhumkal: Walking with the Comrades 
The author of The God of Small Things travels with India’s rural rebels

HISTORY

Danny Lucia 
Bringing misery out of hiding: The unemployed movement of the 1930s

FEATURE REVIEW

Tom Twiss and Paul Le Blanc 
Revolutionary betrayed: Trotsky and his biographer 
Robert Service’s widely-acclaimed work is full of inflated assertions and shocking inaccuracies

BOOK REVIEWS 

Jeff Bale 
Defector from the school reform consensus 

Review of Diane Ravitch: The Death and Life of the Great American School System

PLUS: Sherry Wolf on the fight for civil rights up North; Petrino DiLeo on the next debt bubble; Martin Smith on Race and radicalism in the Civil War; Dennis Kosuth on the 1989 revolutions in the Eastern Bloc; Lee Wengraf on women in the American gulag; Matt Swagler on the myth of “heterosexual Africa”; Ragina Johnson on same-sex marriage in practice

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