Can Education Change Society

ISBN-10: 0415875331
ISBN-13: 9780415875332
Edition: 2012
Authors: Michael W. Apple
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Book details

List price: $72.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/23/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Despite the vast differences between the Right and the Left over the role of education in the production of inequality one common element both sides share is a sense that education can and should do something about society, to either restore what is being lost or radically alter what is there now. The question was perhaps put most succinctly early by the radical educator George Counts in 1932 when he asked "Dare the School Build a New Social Order?", challenging entire generations of educators to participate in, actually to lead, the reconstruction of society. Over 70 years later, celebrated educator, author and activist Michael Apple revisits Counts’ now iconic works, compares them to the equally powerful voices of minoritized people, and again asks the seemingly simply question of whether education truly has the power to change society. In this groundbreaking work, Apple pushes educators toward a more substantial understanding of what schools do and what we can do to challenge the relations of dominance and subordination in the larger society. This touchstone volume is both provocative and honest about the ideological and economic conditions that groups in society are facing and is certain to become another classic in the canon of Apple’s work and the literature on education more generally.

Acknowledgments
Can Education Change Society?
Paulo Freire and the Tasks of the Critical Scholar/Activist in Education
George Counts and the Politics of Radical Change
Du Bois, Woodson, and the Politics of Transformation
Keeping Transformations Alive: Learning From the "South"
Wal-Marting America: Social Change and Educational Action
Critical Education, Speaking the Truth, and Acting Back
Answering the Question: Education and Social Transformation
Notes
References
Index

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