This volume describes the economic context of the world today, and defines what debtocracy is and what revolutionary education can do about it. It explores how current neo-liberal policies and trends undermine education as a potential site of democratic learning and revolutionary social change. The authors argue that concerned educators no longer have the luxury of intellectual isolation and political inaction but must instead confront the present situation in manifest ways. This requires openly challenging the neoliberal government meddling in educational governance, the massive under-funding of education, and the removal of the institutional control of the educational process.
The volume begins by examining debtocracy and reviews the current shift from ideological to repressive enforcement of its policies. We discuss the impact debtocracy has on human rights and social justice, and consider ways to restore thick democracy through education and revolutionary pedagogy.
Introduction Chapter 1: The Underlying Crisis Chapter 2: Crisis of the Eurozone Chapter 3: Debtocracy Chapter 4: Democracy and Paideia Chapter 5: The Neoliberal Attack on Education Chapter 6: Revolutionary Pedagogies and the New Socialism
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 and Neoliberalism 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.