Educational policies throughout the world are increasingly being driven by a tense and contradictory, but still very powerful, set of assumptions and power relations. These include neoliberal commitments to marketisation and privatisation, neoconservative interests in cultural restoration based on a fear of the culture and body of the “Other”, and new managerial impulses toward evidence and constant evaluation. How we understand this alliance and how it might be interrupted are the major foci of this lecture.
MICHAEL W. APPLE is John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and also holds professorial appointments at the Institute of Education, University of London and East China Normal University in Shanghai. A former elementary and secondary school teacher and past-president of a teachers union, he has worked with progressive governments, critical educators, unions, social movements, and dissident groups to create more critically democratic educational research, policy, and practice. Three of his most recent books are: EDUCATING THE “RIGHT” WAY: MARKETS, STANDARDS, GOD, AND INEQUALITY; DEMOCRATIC SCHOOLS: LESSONS IN POWERFUL EDUCATION; and GLOBAL CRISES, SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND EDUCATION.
Time: 5.30pm – 7:00pm
Date: 28th June 2011
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