Our educational system is in turmoil. Many would argue that it has been assaulted and oversimplified by the right. There is growing concern that we are becoming a liberal nation-state with an increasingly anti-liberal population and an electorate that is disinterested in politics. In this globalized world, the power of capital is so great that opposition to it is often discouraged and disheartened, leaving many citizens few political precepts by which to consider their institutions. This contemporary failure of vision has opened the way for the unimpeded return of the philosophy of the free market. As a result, social and educational policies are debated almost solely in terms of how they fit with the needs of the market. Social and ethical understandings are replaced by a failed economic theory that requires a radical constraint of our political and economic choices. Compassion for the poor, the market lets us know, is wrong-headed because any interference with the labor market will always result in unfortunate economic and social consequences. Moral issues are eclipsed by market needs. In
Critical Pedagogy: Where Are We Now? the contributors discuss how the field of critical pedagogy should respond to such dire conditions in a way that is theoretically savvy and visionary, while concurrently contributing to the struggle to improve the lives of those most hurt by them.
Critical Pedagogy is essential reading for every classroom teacher and pre-service teacher. It is also a valuable tool for use in undergraduate and graduate-level classrooms.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2007. X, 411 pp.
Contents: Shirley R. Steinberg: Preface: Where Are We Now? – Henry A. Giroux: Introduction: Democracy, Education, and the
Politics of Critical Pedagogy – Joe L. Kincheloe: Critical Pedagogy in the Twenty-first Century: Evolution for Survival –
Philip Wexler: Religion as Socio-Educational Critique: A Weberian Example – Eric J. Weiner: Critical Pedagogy and the Crisis
of Imagination – Kathleen S. Berry: Locations (or Not) of Critical Pedagogy in Les Petites et Les Grandes Histoires
– Pepi Leistyna: Neoliberal Non-sense – Norman K. Denzin: The Politics and Ethic of Performance Pedagogy: Toward a Pedagogy
of Hope – Juha Suoranta/Tere Vadén: From Social to Socialist Media: The Critical Potential of the Wikiworld – Kiwan Sung:
Glocalizing Critical Pedagogy: A Case of Critical English Language Teaching in Korea – Jeff Duncan-Andrade/Ernest Morrell:
Critical Pedagogy and Popular Culture in an Urban Secondary English Classroom – Elizabeth Quintero: Critical Pedagogy and
Young Children’s World – Gustavo E. Fischman/Luis A. Gandin: Escola Cidadã and Critical Discourses of Educational Hope
– Frank Abrahams: Musicing Paulo Freire: A Critical Pedagogy for Music Education – Valerie J. Janesick: Reflections on the
Violence of High-Stakes Testing and the Soothing Nature of Critical Pedagogy – Luis Huerta-Charles: Pedagogy of Testimony:
Reflections on the Pedagogy of Critical Pedagogy – Lilia I. Bartolomé: Critical Pedagogy and Teacher Education: Radicalizing
Prospective Teachers – Peter McLaren: The Future of the Past: Reflections on the Present State of Empire and Pedagogy – Sandy
Grande: Red Lake Woebegone: Pedagogy, Decolonization, and the Critical Project – Gregory Martin: The Poverty of Critical Pedagogy:
Toward a Politics of Engagement – Noah de Lissovoy: Frantz Fanon and a Materialist Critical Pedagogy – William B. Stanley:
Critical Pedagogy: Democratic Realism, Neoliberalism, Conservativism, and a Tragic Sense of Education – Donaldo Macedo: Reinserting
Criticity into Critical Pedagogy.