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Fighting Academic Repression and Neoliberal Education

Resistance, Reclaiming, Organizing, and Black Lives Matter in Education

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Edited By Anthony J. Nocella II and Erik Juergensmeyer

Fighting Academic Repression and Neoliberal Education is a cutting-edge investigation of the alarming state of education today. This practical how-to handbook gives readers tactics and strategies to organize and challenge forces that threaten liberatory critical education. Drawn from scholars and activists from across the world, the fifteen chapters guide readers through a strategic method of understanding the academic industrial complex and corporate education in the twenty-first century. Education is being hijacked by banks and corporations that are tearing apart the foundational fabric of academic freedom, resulting in mass standardized education and debt for all students and furthering racial inequity. This is a must-read for anyone interested in democracy, education, social justice, critical pedagogy, and Black Lives Matter.

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2. Academic Resistance: Landscape of Hope and Despair (Mary Heath / Peter Burdon)

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CHAPTER  TWO

Academic Resistance: Landscape of Hope and Despair

MARY HEATH AND PETER BURDON

 

Australian higher education, along with higher education in many other parts of the world, has undergone successive waves of neoliberal and managerialist changes in recent decades. One commentator argued that Australian higher education has experienced “the most profound changes anywhere in the developed world” (Coates et al., 2010, p. 382). University education which was free for a short period, from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s has been increasingly subjected to fees and then to systems which increase the proportion of the cost of education paid by students. Multiple waves of change to university funding arrangements have been made (Ryan, Guthrie, & Neumann, 2008, pp. 172–173) as the higher education sector has been subjected to reforms also imposed upon the wider public sector (Parker & Jary, 1995; Ryan, Guthrie, & Neumann, 2008, pp. 171–187). These changes have been designed to increase accountability and microlevel government control (Ryan, Guthrie, & Neumann, 2008, p. 174). They have been accompanied by major changes in industrial relations (Ryan, Guthrie, & Neumann, 2008, p. 177). In the process, the Australian government has gone from speaking of higher education as a public service with the capacity to increase the fairness of Australian life to speaking of higher education as a competitive globalized market in which Australian institutions should participate as exporters.

Student numbers rose by fifty-one percent...

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