Contesting Neoliberal Education
Public Resistance and Collective Advance
Edited by Dave Hill
Routledge – 2008 – 276 pages
Neoliberal education policies have privatised, marketised, decentralized, controlled and surveilled, managed according to the business and control principles of new public managerialism, attacked the rights and conditions of education workers, and resulted in a loss of democracy, critique and equality of access and outcome. This book, written by an impressive international array of scholars and activists, explores the mechanisms and ideologies behind neoliberal education, while evaluating and promoting resistance on a local, national and global level.
Chapters examine the activities and impacts of the arguably socialist revolution in Venezuela, the Porto Alegre democratic community experimental model in Brazil, the activities of the Rouge Forum of democratic socialist teachers and educators in the USA, Public Service International, resistance movements against the GATS (General Agreement on Trade in Services), and trade union and social movement and community/parental opposition to neoliberal education policies in Britain and in Latin America.
Foreword Peter McLaren 1. Introduction Gustavo Fischman 2. The Public Services International Mike Waghorne 3. Critical Education for Economic and Social and Environmental Justice Dave Hill and Simon Boxley 4. Rethinking Education in the Era of Globalisation Terry Wrigley 5. Campaigning Against Neoliberal Education in Britain Bernard Regan 6. The Rouge Forum Rich Gibson, Greg Queen, E. Wayne Ross and Kevin Vinson 7. Solidarity Building Dominican-Haitian Cross Cultural Education John E. Lavin 8. Learning from the South: The Creation of Real Alternatives to Neo-liberal Policies in Education in Porto Alegre, Brazil Luis Armando Gandin 9. Resistance to the GATS Antoni Verger and Xavier Bonal 10. Teacher Conflicts and Resistance in Latin America Dalila Andrade Oliveira 11. The State Apparatuses and the Working Class: Experiences from the UK: Educational Lessons from Venezuela Mike Cole 12. Socialist Pedagogy Peter McLaren and Juha Suoranta. Contributors. Index.
Dave Hill teaches at the University of Northampton, UK. For twenty years he was a political and labor union leader. He is Founder Editor of The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, www.jceps.com. He co-founded the Hillcole Group of Radical Left Educators with Mike Cole, in 1989, and is Director of the Institute for Education Policy Studies, www.ieps.org.uk.