Class War

Class War

The Privatization of Childhood

eBook - 2015
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"What is at stake when some American children go to school hungry and others go to school in $1,000 Bugaboo strollers? Class War argues that under free market capitalism, life paths prescribed by class but framed as parental choices--public or private? Gifted & Talented, general or special education?--segregate American children from birth through adolescence, and into adulthood, as never before. In an age of austerity, an elite class of corporate education reformers has found new ways to transfer the costs of raising children to families. Examining three New York City schools, Class War show how education has been transformed into a competitive "hunger games" for the resources and social connections required for economic success"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Verso Books, 2015
ISBN: 9781781689387
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Feb 25, 2016

Absolutely worth reading. After scouring fictionalized and nonfiction titles past and present, this is one of the few books I have found that cogently interrogates race, class, and gender as integral aspects of the teaching profession. Erickson includes extensive footnotes from reputable sources to make points about structural problems in our public schools that further marginalize low-income students and public school teachers. Her critiques of edtech were incomplete and I would have preferred a lighter touch on all things socialism, but otherwise, this book was a clear and accurate representation of what I also witnessed as a teacher in public and private schools.


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