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Capitalism’s Educational Catastrophe

And the Advancing Endgame Revolt!

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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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3. Performance Contracting and Supplemental Educational Services: Other Altars of Neoliberal Language Deception and Citizen Salvation

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CHAPTER THREE

Performance Contracting and Supplemental Educational Services: Other Altars of Neoliberal Language Deception and Citizen Salvation

WITH THAD LAVALLEE1

Performance contracting, introduced into education in the 1970s, was and remains one of the principal neoliberal illusions designed to deter democracy by keeping the public in the role of spectator. In the wake of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and the profound public resistance to the Vietnam War, mechanisms had to be sought to re-engineer hegemony and deter any significant decision-making power on the part of the public. It was an early effort to instill a piece of neoliberal doctrine and was quite effective, given the anxieties of the shallow economic performance of the 1970s. It was not as extreme as the dismantling of Keynesian economic theory and policy in Chile, where we witnessed the rise of the first neoliberal government. But it was one of the first contrivances of neoliberal entrapment and remains an important part of the agenda. The current strategyis aggressively driven by grant programs such as Race to the Top and the philanthropic misadventures ofthe “patron saint of the reformers”2 (Brill, 2011)—Bill Gates—and cohorts such as the Eli and Edyth Broad Foundation and John Walton. In an era of deep tax cuts for the wealthy, deregulation of finance, attack on unions in an environment already marked by low union density and power, cuts in social spending, and stagnation of wages despite rising costs of living and rising...

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