1st Edition

Gaslighting School Educational Policy in a Post-Truth World Systems, Schools and Society

By Grant Rodwell Copyright 2024
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    Focusing on current educational systems in the US, UK, and Australia, Grant Rodwell examines the politics of gaslighting within school educational policy and how this links to political motives in a post-truth world.

    In recent years, gaslighting has become a major global issue due to various personal, social and political factors. Using sustained comparative description and analysis, Rodwell provides up-to-date research on how gaslighting impacts school educational policy. As gaslighting is a complex term, the book gives a framework of how to comprehend it relative to school educational topics and issues.

    This book will be a foundational resource for tertiary institutions, educational policy students and researchers, politicians and parents concerned with gaslighting policies and practices.

    Introduction 1. The gaslighting phenomenon  2. Structural and systemic gaslighting in the US and Australia  3. School education in a post-truth world  4. Gaslighting, moral panics, risk society, dog-whistling, dead-catting and the deep mediatization of school educational policy  5. It all starts at the school gate  6. Gaslighting, narcissism, and the new technologies in school pedagogy and practice  7. Risk-society theory, helicopter parents, overscheduled kids, and gaslighting obesity  8. COVID-19 and national governments gaslighting educational policy and practice  9. School educational policy and gaslighting racism  10. School educational policy: gaslighting gender and sexuality 11. General Conclusions


    Grant Rodwell is an adjunct senior lecturer at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. He has taught in various Australian universities and has published widely in history. He holds five PhDs from Australian universities. This is his seventh book published by Routledge.

    Understanding educational policy and its subsequent practice within the contexts of gaslighting, moral panics, subversive politics, complicit media, systemic and structural coercion by elected officials and their intended effects on educational policy requires a new paradigm for making sense of the chaos. Grant Rodwell’s Gaslighting School Educational Policy in a Post-Truth World brings it all together by careful comparative analysis, descriptive content and glaring tragic events impacting policy in the US, UK, and Australia. A great read.

    Dr Darol Cavanagh (Associate Professor, Charles Darwin University, Ret.)