E. Wayne Ross, co-editor of Critical Education, was recently interviewed about the impact of neoliberal capitalism on schools, universities, and education in general by Mohsen Abdelmoumen, an Algerian-based journalist.
Over the course of the interview he discussed a wide-range of issues, including: the fundamental conflict between neoliberalism and participatory democracy; the Global Education Reform Movement (GERM) and the possibilities of transforming schools and universities into forces for progressive change and, in particular, academic freedom and free speech on campus, schools as illusion factories, curriculum as propaganda; what it means to be a dangerous citizen; and the role of intellectuals/teachers as activists.
The interview has been published in English and French, links below.
The Fear Created by Precarious Existence in The Neoliberal World Discourages Critical Thinking – American Herald Tribune
La peur créée par l’existence précaire dans le monde néolibéral décourage la pensée critique – Algérie Résistance II
La peur créée par l’existence précaire dans le monde néolibéral décourage la pensée critique – Palestine Solidarité
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The Institute for Critical Education Studies (ICES) extends a warm welcome to all Rouge Forum @ AERA 2012 participants, international, national, and local! We look forward to a lively, engaged conversation or perhaps debate at Friday’s conference, with our intent of exploring what it means for scholars, and educators in general, to move beyond “knowing” to the pursuit of activist agendas for social change.
- What happens when teachers and other academics connect reason to power and power to resistance?
- How can academic work (in universities and other learning environments) support local and global resistance to global neoliberal capitalism?
- How do we respond to the obstacles and threats faced as activist scholars?
For more information and directions, go to Rouge Forum @ AERA. We are meeting Friday April 13, 2012 (9:00am – 6:00pm) at the University of British Columbia Robson Square Campus (downtown Vancouver). See you there! *Remember it is free and all are welcome!