Every day, children living in low-income communities have no choice but to grow up in a climate where they experience multiple unending assaults to their sense of dignity. This volume applies theoretical and historical insights to think through the increasingly undignified realities of life in economically marginalized communities. It includes examples of curricular challenges that low-income students in the US confront today while attempting to learn. Curricular challenges are analyzed as material texts that emerge out of student lived experiences in the economically disposed neighborhoods in which schools are located, and the dynamics of the schools and classrooms themselves. Attention is also paid to educators and students who push back against these forces in an effort to reclaim voice, identity and dignity.
"The book argues that families, educators, and professionals working across a wide range of disciplines are a cross-disciplinary collective, one that has the potential and power of cross-disciplinary collective action that could serve as a critical change agent in building schools capable of upholding the ideal of a democratic public education. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals." - J. C. Agnew-Tally, Missouri State University, in CHOICE, February 2015
1.Introduction Julia Hall Part 1: The Assault on Dignity in Households and Communities 2. People of Color on the Frontline of Environmental AssaultRobert D. Bullard, Glenn S. Johnson, Denae W. King, and Sheri L. Smith 3. Poverty and Child Development: Beyond the Schoolyard Gate Nicole Simon and Gary Evans 4. Juvenile Justice in a Changing Environment Rosemary Sarri Part 2: The Assault on Dignity in Schools 5. Market Ideologies and the Undermining of Democracy, Education, and Equality David Hursh 6. E Pluribus Unum: Elementary School Narratives and the Making of National Identity MaryChristianakis and Richard Mora 7. Neoliberalism and Urban School Reform: A Cincinnati Case Study Dennis Carlson Part 3: Resistance from Inside Communities and Schools 8. Raising Critique about Unhealthy Food Access Among Marginalized Youth in Communities and Schools Catherine Lalonde 9. Speak it, Live it! Spoken Word Pedagogy as Critical and Culturally Responsive Practice Bronwen Low and Reenah Golden 10. The War on Dignity: Hip-Hop Youth Read Schools the Riot Act Brad Porfilio, Debangshu Roychoudhury, and Lauren M. Gardner11. Conclusion Julia Hall
Neoliberalism is degrading and destroying public education systems globally. The local characteristics may vary, the results are common - increased inequalities in schooling, vocational and higher education, inferior work conditions for teachers and faculty, and detheorized and technicized delivery systems of increasing conservative curricula at all levels of education. Neoliberalism - marketization, privatization, pre-privatization, commodification - is increasingly accompanied by forms of authoritarian conservatism - secular in some countries, religious in others - with increased control, surveillance, and forced abandonment of critique. Such neoliberal and conservative assaults on public education and on broader aims than those which are couched purely in terms of economic/human capital - meet with increased resistance by students, teachers, communities, social movements, and in some countries, political parties.
The Routledge Studies in Education, Neoliberalism, and Marxism series features books by new as well as established scholars that throw a harsh spotlight on the conditions under which education currently labors and offers analysis, hope, and resistance in the name of more collective, egalitarian education for social and for economic justice.
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