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Education and the Crisis of Public Values

Challenging the Assault on Teachers, Students, and Public Education – Second edition

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Henry A. Giroux

Updated with both a new introduction and a series of interviews, the second edition of Education and the Crisis of Public Values examines American society’s shift away from democratic public values, the ensuing move toward a market-driven mode of education, and the last decade’s growing social disinvestment in youth. The book discusses the number of ways that the ideal of public education as a democratic public sphere has been under siege, including full-fledged attacks by corporate interests on public school teachers, schools of education, and teacher unions. It also reveals how a business culture cloaked in the guise of generosity and reform has supported a charter school movement that aims to dismantle public schools in favor of a corporate-friendly privatized system. The book encourages educators to become public intellectuals, willing to engage in creating a formative culture of learning that can nurture the ability to defend public and higher education as a general good – one crucial to sustaining a critical citizenry and a democratic society.
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Giroux, Henry A. Education and the crisis of public values: challenging the assault on teachers, students, and public education / Henry A. Giroux. — Second edition. pages cm. — (Counterpoints: studies in the postmodern theory of education; v. 493) Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Public schools—United States. 2. Privatization in education—United States. I. Title. LA217.2.G54    371.010973—dc23    2015005814 ISBN 978-1-4331-3067-0 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-1557-8 (e-book) ISSN 1058-1634

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