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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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“This important work is an angry book, but objectively angry, documenting how an educational system ostensibly designed to benefit students has been bent to serve the priorities of the economic elite in North America and internationally. In showing that ‘it is possible to imagine other worlds,’ it does for education what Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything has done for climate change.”

Gabor Maté, M.D.; Author, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction and Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It; Co-author, Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers

“Ricardo and Joao Rosa’s impassioned and sweeping call to conscience exposes neoliberalism’s intentions and designs, revealing the pervasiveness and destructiveness of a racialized capitalism that accumulates through dispossession. This searing indictment is counterbalanced by their active call to mobilize historical memory in the service of social democratic alternatives as part of a re-envisioning of the kind of education and curriculum that can effectively stand up to this assault via the formation of progressive—indeed, radical—subjectivities.”

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