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TEACHING MARX: THE SOCIALIST CHALLENGE

Announcing a forthcoming book: Teaching Marx: The Socialist Challenge

Edited by Curry Stephenson Malott, Mike Cole and John Elmore

To be published by Information Age Publishing

Critical Construction: Studies in Education and Society, see: http://www.infoagepub.com/series/critical-constructions

Series Editor: Curry Stephenson Malott, West Chester University

“There is growing disillusionment with a social system where increasing productivity leads only to increased gaps between rich and poor, where reductions in social programs (retirement, health care, education) are the chief response an uninspired political sector can muster, and where non-sustainable exploitation of the Earth continues undiminished — in short, as the looming, world-wide economic crisis draws nearer, the essays in Teaching Marx: The Socialist Challengeare critical reading. It is time for our teachers to prepare students not to take their place in an increasingly corrupt economy, but to bring about the fundamental changes we need to build an equitable, prosperous, sustainable future” — Dr. Dennis Vickers, Humanities Department, College of Menominee Nation, Keshena, Wisconsin.

Curry Malott

Teaching Marx: The Socialist Challenge is an extraordinarily important text at this juncture of world history. Functioning as more than just another pedagogical weapon to be used against the ideological structures of death and social hallucinogenics manufactured by the transnational capitalist class, it is a book that can provide fecund opportunities for teachers to re-learn how to put social and economic justice front and center in the agenda for educational reform by putting Marx front and center, where he belongs” — Peter McLaren, Professor, UCLA and author of Che Guevara, Paulo Freire and the Pedagogy of Revolution

Teaching Marx: The Socialist Challenge provides a useful starting point for understanding the origins of today’s global crisis of capitalism. Our work in public schools to encourage respectful dialogues between Indian and non-Indian students about local conflicts over land ownership, through the TERRA Institute, should encourage cooperative action to find common interests. This book reminds us to move those specific discussions to explorations of the causes of conflicts over land, including the imperatives of global capitalism” — David Stanfield, TERRA Institute, www.terrainstitute.org

“As this book so clearly and illustratively points out, the work of Marx has always served as a critical tool for identifying and scraping away the residue of commodity relations as a means to an end of revolutionary purpose, and teaching Marx is therefore keynote to education becoming able to serve as a tool of liberation and revolution. The reasons for why this is so are very clear in the book. As its authors successively and in detail clearly point out, we are ‘educated’ to believe that we live in a meritocracy where god-given abilities and hard work afford position and reward, and the work of social institutions like the school play a key part in this. These institutions, as ideological apparatuses of the State, barrage us with propaganda and bombard us with ideas inside practices that are designed to convince us all that at the head of the equation of the constitution of the social and economic order is the work, skills, ideas, knowledge and commitment of individual people themselves and that the effort and competences of these individuals determine social position and the possibilities for economic reward and even social justice for all.

Mike Cole

Put directly and simply, the book shows us how the public has been hoodwinked by the school and other social institutions to believe in the ethics of capitalism and its central ideological tenet that the present social order is natural and in the end inevitable and beneficial for us all. However, as well as critiquing the work of the school as an instrument of reproduction, the book also shows how and why the education system could and should challenge the anti-democratic perspectives that disguise and defend the current social relations of production and the ideological and material needs of the capitalist class. It offers that is an educational challenge to the inevitability and “correctness” of capitalism by showing how its laws can be made visible to ordinary people so the oppressive power of the capitalist class can be more correctly identified, challenged and defeated.  In this way the book both poses the question and provides answers concerning what role education can play in a possible future revolutionary moment: both as a “true” education as an act of liberation and as a dialectic lens for critiquing the world in which we live. Used appropriately the book can become a clear and fundamental ingredient for helping to create the possibilities for a more egalitarian and socially just world” — Dennis Beach, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

“This collection by Malott, Cole and Elmore’s is a very timely contribution to the current revival of Marxism in education. The authors engage seriously with the ideas of Marx – from his theory of capitalist crises to the increasing impoverishment of the working class – and debunk many of the commonly held myths about Marxism. The compilation of writings provide a devastating rejoinder to those who believe that we can only make changes within the present system and show how this crisis has made discussion of socialist alternatives, in education and society, an urgent necessity. They argue that, in Marx’s words, the educators need to get educated and find ways – through their students, through what they teach, and through their political activism – to feed into wider movements of social change” — Marnie Holborow, author on Marxism and Language, Dublin City University, Ireland.

John Elmore

 

UPDATE 2nd MARCH 2013

Teaching Marx: The Socialist Challenge – is now out!

At Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Teaching-Marx-Curry-Stephenson-Malott/dp/1623961203/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362256280&sr=1-1

At Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Teaching-Marx-Curry-Stephenson-Malott/dp/1623961203/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362256511&sr=1-7

At the Publishers (Information Age Publishing): http://www.infoagepub.com/products/Teaching-Marx

 

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JOURNAL FOR CRITICAL EDUCATION POLICY STUDIES – VOLUME 10 NUMBER 1 (APRIL 2012)

Now out at: http://www.jceps.com

Special Conference Edition (International Conference on Critical Education, University of Athens, 12-16 July 2011)

CONTENTS:

Jerrold L. Kachur, University of Alberta, Canada: The Liberal Virus in Critical Pedagogy: Beyond “Anti-This-and-That” Postmodernism and Three Problems in the Idea of Communism

Giorgos Tsimouris, Panteion University, Athens, Greece: The task of critical educator in the era of globalized immigration: a view from the European periphery

Periklis Pavlidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece: The Rise of General Intellect and the Meaning of Education. Reflections on the Contradictions of Cognitive Capitalism

Dimitris Zachos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece: Institutional Racism? Roma children, local community and school practices

Nathalia E. Jaramillo, University of Auckland, New Zealand: Occupy, Recuperate and Decolonize

Charlotte Chadderton, University of East London, London, England: UK secondary schools under surveillance: What are the implications for race? A Critical Race and Butlerian analysis

Marnie Holborow, Dublin City University, Ireland: Neoliberalism, human capital and the skills agenda in higher education – the Irish case

Panagiotis Sotiris, University of the Aegean, Mytilene, Lesvos, Greece: Theorizing the Entrepreneurial University: Open questions and possible answers

George Pasias, University of Athens, and Yannis Roussakis, National Education Research Centre, Greece: “Who marks the bench?” A critical review of the neo-European educational “paradigm”

Ira Papageorgiou, Hellenic Open University, Athens, Greece: Educational activities in campaign organisations: Promoting migrants’ socio-political involvement through language education

Panagiotis Maniatis, University of Athens, Athens, Greece: Critical Intercultural Education Necessities and Prerequisites for its development in Greece

Anastasia Liasidou, Roehampton University, London, England: Inclusive education and critical pedagogy at the intersections of disability, race, gender and class

Anastassios Liambas, University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and Ioannis Kaskaris, 37th Primary School of Thessaloniki, Greece: Dialog and the love in the work of Paulo Freire

Christopher A. Warren, Purdue University, Indiana, USA: The Effect of Post-Racial Theory on Education

Evgenia Flogaitis, Christina Nomikou, Elli Naoum, and Christina Katsenou, University of Athens, Greece: Investigating the possibilities of creating a Community of Practice. Action Research in three educational institutions

Karen François, Free University Brussels, Belgium and Charoula Stathopoulou, University of Thessaly, Greece: In-Between Critical Mathematics Education and Ethnomathematics. The Case of a Romany Students’ group Mathematics Education

Zeynep Mine Derince, Marmara University, Turkey: Reflections on Teaching Practices through Conditionings in Turkey

Tzina Kalogirou and Konstantinos Malafantis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece: Do I dare / disturb the universe?  Critical Pedagogy and the ethics of resistance to and engagement with literature

Matina Balampekou and Georgis Floriotis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece: Antonio Gramsci, Education and Science

Vicki Macris, University of Alberta, Calgary, Canada: Towards a Pedagogy of Philoxenia (Hospitality): Negotiating Policy Priorities for Immigrant Students in Greek Public Schools

Alessandra Troian, UFRGS – Brazil, and Marcelo Leandro Eichler, UFSC – Brazil: Extension or communication? The perceptions of southern Brazilian tobacco farmers and rural agents about rural extension and Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

Konstantinos Avramidis, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and Konstantina Drakopoulou, University of Athens, Greece: Graffiti Crews’ Potential Pedagogical Role

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