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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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5. Raising Disquieting Questions in the Struggles Against Urban Violence



Raising Disquieting Questions in the Struggles against Urban Violence

This project is filled with a sense of rage and guilt. The rage is deep seated and has a long history that now threatens to erupt in every comment, every look of indifference, every disclaimer from what we presume to be “common-sense” individuals with a callous and rigidly organized way of protecting their vested interests in a system that marginalizes and oppresses children—only to then blame them for their own condition. It is a system in which the very fruits that some enjoy have been nourished by the misery of others, the pain of parents having to bury their children, of 8-year-olds living in fear yet speaking of violence from an intimate perspective as though they were speaking of a movie in a CSI-infested world.

Over the years the violence and tragedy in this community have accumulated steadily, and each time another child dies there are political pronouncements and empty assurances of legal vindication. But in the end these go unfulfilled and are in time forgotten—not an unusual situation in urban centers (Jones, Newman, & Isay, 1999). The sorrow of yesterday’s loss is overshadowed by the tragedy of today and another round of promises and a deflection of blame to “criminals”—those whom we refuse to see, whom we turn away and make invisible, even though their bodies clearly occupy the same space as the rest of us. We make no...

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