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Education activists seek to supplant capitalist system with 'free development' model

Curriculum endowed with mindless, irrelevant routine a trap to create passive followers.

Ayers bros: Facing the privatization of public education, we must make schools of emancipation.Rick and Bill Ayers, brothers and activists, write a series in Monthly Review examining the state of education in capitalist society. The first article, decrying privatization and the culture of obedience and conformity, reveals that education prepares people to become leaders for a "humane future". The challenge is set for the series: How do we defend a truly public education?

"Education at the beginning of the twenty-first century is in crisis and contestation. The economic instability of capitalism — reflected in the slowdown in the economic growth trend since the mid-1970s, worsening financial crises, and the growth of draconian neoliberal policies — has had the effect of further compromising a capitalist educational system already beset with problems.

The hijacking of school reform by neoliberal corporate planners, private foundations, the US Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, US government strategists, and conservative-oriented education elites has led to an intensified attack on teachers, teachers' unions, teacher education, schools, and the kids themselves..."

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Posted: September 14, 2011

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