The Global Legacy
Edited By Michael A. Peters and Tina Besley
Chapter Twenty-Eight: A Contribution to Perspectives on Educational Partnerships for Social Justice
A Contribution to Perspectives on Educational Partnerships for Social Justice
This chapter explores the possibilities for educational partnerships for social justice and change. It attempts to develop a critique of the dominant conception of “partnerships” and “engagement” as an extension of neoliberal policy. Some initial thoughts toward the development of a Freirean perspective for partnerships are then offered, posing solidarity, struggle, and hope as the key alternative bases upon which collaboration in education might occur, and suggesting that public good rather than the market should provide the compass for educational objectives and strategies. In problematising educational partnerships, the chapter attempts to raise a number of questions and challenges for those wishing to consider how collaboration through education might contribute to breaking this neoliberal consensus and elaborating subversive alternatives in and through education.
What excellence is this, that manages to “coexist with more than a billion inhabitants of the developing world who live in poverty,” not to say misery? Not to mention the all but indifference with which it coexists with “pockets of poverty” and misery in its own, developed body. What excellence is this, that sleeps in peace while numberless men and women make their home in the street, and says it is their own fault that they are on the street? What excellence is this, that struggles so little, if it struggles at all, with discrimination for reason ← 445 | 446 → of sex, class, or...
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