Patriarchy, Leadership and Education
Chapter 4. Education
One of the most important functions of a vibrant democratic culture is to provide the institutional and symbolic resources necessary for young people and adults to develop their capacity to think critically, to participate in power relations and policy decisions that affect their lives, and to transform those racial, social, and economic inequities that impede democratic social relations. —Henry Giroux, 2000
Education, leadership, religion, and economics are the core pillars of the democratic gulag. Education is the institution that is most evocative of the methods and influences of patriarchy and leadership and their role in socializing each generation into their values. They work in conjunction to ensure the continuance of the status quo. Education is pivotal and emblematic of the invisible power of patriarchy. It is the incubator of the patriarchal reality and the prime socializer of society after parents. Thus, understanding the role of patriarchy and leadership in education is critical to changing the status quo of society. It is the vehicle through which the values that a society wishes to imbue in its future citizens are inculcated in its people. It is also the key disseminator of the social and cultural expectations of the public, governments, and the corporate sector. The values of the rest of society are condensed in the educational enterprise. Every aspect of patriarchal society is heavily invested and directly involved in carrying out its important mission. ← 201 | 202 →
Education is the most powerful force...