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Capitalism’s Educational Catastrophe

And the Advancing Endgame Revolt!


Ricardo D. Rosa and Joao J. Rosa

Neoliberal capitalism has paved the way to educational catastrophe. It has also opened paths for politically productive and transformative forms of localized resistance(s). This book examines the perilous catastrophe before us, and the possibility that we can reclaim our rights as citizens and redefine democracy as a process for global good rather than a euphemism for our collective enslavement to global markets, which annihilate our souls. The authors analyze the «crisis» in U.S. urban education through visceral narratives of social control while resisting the tendency to make the United States the epicenter of educational «reform» analysis. They explore neoliberal capitalism and processes of racialization as interdependent. The neoliberalization of education is having disproportionate negative implications for communities of color. More profoundly, neoliberal ideology is reworking processes of racialization and the way race is inscribed in discourse and bodies. The book is optimistic in sharing what might be done to inspire the mass withdrawal of consent not only to regressive regimes of high-stakes standardized testing, but to the entire edifice of neoliberal imperialism.
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2. Capital Movement and Global Displacement: Curricular Fatalities in the Age of Neoliberalism—the Case of Cape Verde



Capital Movement and Global Displacement: Curricular Fatalities in the Age of Neoliberalism—the Case of Cape Verde

Capital accumulation under capitalism, more specifically neoliberalism, is as unequivocally ravaging as it is unreservedly parasitic. On the one hand, it leaves a trail of destruction that ultimately weighs on the most vulnerable members of the affected society. Its tendency to exacerbate the inequality present on the ground is equal only to the excesses that it engenders. As Donaldo Macedo (1995) has astutely and eloquently observed, only the excesses of such an inequitable system can produce a society in which a New York restaurant can charge $23,000 for a chocolate-layered dessert to satisfy the hubris of those whose fortunes are created on the backs of exploited labor. On the other hand, the devastation is such that it effectively permeates the globe in search of new markets to exploit and new lives to consume in relationships that, while often obfuscated and hidden from the people, are nevertheless myopically conceived, putridly immoral, and unsustainable in the long run. Only such a system is capable of forcing youth to sell their bodies to finance a college education (Zernike, 2001), towns to change their names for the sake of cable subscriptions (Fernandez, 2013), and community colleges to develop college degrees in management specifically targeted to store chains (Parry, 2010). At the same time, politicians socialize the cost of war to maintain lucrative defense contracts while simultaneously eradicating funding for schools...

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