The Way It's Going: Neoliberal Reforms and the Colonization of the American School

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The Way It's Going: Neoliberal Reforms and the Colonization of the American School

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In this chapter the author argues that those concerned with the “the way it's going” in public education can learn much from post-colonial theory about the relationship between education research and assessment technologies and education reform policy, curriculum development, and knowledge formation. The author argues that current neoliberal education reform in the US can best be understood through the frame of neocolonialism, where schools and communities take the shape of internal colonies, where teachers, students, and parents have little or no say about the technologies, curricula, and standardized examinations foisted upon them. Education research that supports the current policy paradigm largely benefits researchers, corporations, and policy makers, while ignoring the effects of such policies on students, teachers, and local communities. Such practices, the author suggests, are rooted in a type of colonial thinking and acting that have been rearticulated through the prevailing logic of neoliberalism.

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Chapter

Book Title

Deconstructing the Education-Industrial Complex in the Digital Age

Editors

Douglas Loveless, Pamela Sullivan, Katie Dredger, Jim Burns

Publisher

IGI Global

Place of Publication

Hershey, PA

Publication Date

2017

Pages

1-23

ISBN

9781522521020

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.4018/978-1-5225-2101-3.ch001

Keywords

public education, education reform policy, neoliberalism and neocolonialism, local communities, public schools, curriculum

Disciplines

Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Elementary Education | Secondary Education

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