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Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory


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Volume 11 Number 1 2013, ISSN 1478-2103


Enma Campozano Aviles & Maarten Simons. To be Accountable in Neoliberal Times: an exploration of educational policy in Ecuador

Iris Haapanen. Three Methods of Enhancing Global Educational Awareness for Future Teachers

Kirti Joshi, Kavita Mehra, Suman Govil & Nitu Singh. Biotechnology Education in India: an overview

Reijo Kupiainen. Dissolving the School Space: young people’s media production in and outside of school

Alexander Means. Creativity and the Biopolitical Commons in Secondary and Higher Education

Maria Nikolakaki. Pedagogical Systems and the Construction of the Primary School Teacher in the Teachers’ Training Institution (Didaskalio) in Greece (1830 1933): issues of power and governmentality

Johan Nordensvard. Using Political Metaphors to Understand Educational Policy in Developing Countries: the case of Ghana and informal communities

Erdal Toprakçı, Serkan Buldur, Ebru Bozpolat, Gülçin Oflaz, İclal Dağdeviren & Ersin Türe. The Philosophy of Turkish National and Higher Education

Lynley Tulloch. On Science, Ecology and Environmentalism
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Glenn Rikowski and Ruth Rikowski have a number of articles in Policy Futures in Education. These include:

Rikowski, Ruth (2003) Value – the Life Blood of Capitalism: knowledge is the current key, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.1 No.1, pp.160-178

Rikowski, Glenn (2004) Marx and the Education of the Future, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.2 Nos. 3 & 4, pp.565-577, online at:

Rikowski, Ruth (2006) A Marxist Analysis of the World Trade Organisation’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.4 No.4:

Rikowski, Ruth (2008) Review Essay: ‘On Marx: An introduction to the revolutionary intellect of Karl Marx’, by Paula Allman, Policy Futures in Education,Vol.6 No.5, pp.653-661:



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John Marsh

John Marsh


John Marsh

Paperback, 328 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-58367-243-3
Cloth (ISBN-13: 978-1-58367-244-0)
Released July 2011

Monthly Review Press

In Class Dismissed, John Marsh debunks a myth cherished by journalists, politicians, and economists: that growing poverty and inequality in the United States can be solved through education. Using sophisticated analysis combined with personal experience in the classroom, Marsh not only shows that education has little impact on poverty and inequality, but that our mistaken beliefs actively shape the way we structure our schools and what we teach in them.

Rather than focus attention on the hierarchy of jobs and power—where most jobs require relatively little education, and the poor enjoy very little political power—money is funneled into educational endeavors that ultimately do nothing to challenge established social structures, and in fact reinforce them. And when educational programs prove ineffective at reducing inequality, the ones whom these programs were intended to help end up blaming themselves. Marsh’s struggle to grasp the connection between education, poverty, and inequality is both powerful and poignant.

Marsh’s forceful, erudite treatment lays bare the fact that the U.S. seems largely unwilling to change underlying social structures that sustain poverty and inequitable life chances….the drumbeat of his important message needs to be amplified in a nation widely deaf to it. Highly Recommended.” ——CHOICE

This well-researched and well-argued book chillingly illustrates the toxic effects of growing inequality in contemporary U.S. society by revealing how educational opportunity and the myth of meritocracy carries more of people’s hopes and dreams than its shoulders can bear. Class Dismissed is a powerful treatise towards explaining the hidden and not-so-hidden costs of economic inequality and why abolishing poverty would be the best thing we can do to increase equality of educational opportunity…. John Marsh makes a bold and courageous case for a politics of economic justice.” ——Peter McLaren, author, Capitalists and Conquerors; professor, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

At a moment when the increasing inequality of American life is almost universally blamed on the failures of our schools, nothing could be more timely than this powerful demonstration that bad education has not produced the growing gap between the rich and the poor and that better education will not reduce it. If you really want less poverty, Marsh argues, don’t give poor people more advanced degrees, give them more money—and help them join unions.” ——Walter Benn Michaels, professor of English, University of Illinois, Chicago

John Marsh asks some uncomfortable but necessary questions about the current drive for mass college education. In a clear, persuasive, and troubling account, he shows that education is not the cure-all, as it is advertised by many across political lines. A must-read for those thinking about higher education.” ——Jeffrey J. Williams, co-editor, The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism; professor of literary and cultural studies, Carnegie Mellon University

John Marsh is Assistant Professor of English atPennStateUniversity. In addition to many articles and reviews, he is the author of Hog Butchers, Beggars, and Busboys: Poverty, Labor, and the Making of Modern American Poetry, and the editor of You Work Tomorrow: An Anthology of American Labor Poetry, 1929-1941, which won the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing.

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John Marsh talks about his book at Against the Grain via Pacifica Radio: – This is brilliant! – Glenn Rikowski

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Review of Class Dismissed by Alex Snowdon at Counterfire:

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