ERIC Number: ED366086
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Educational Leadership and the Crisis of Democratic Culture. UCEA Monograph Series.
Giroux, Henry A.
While examining the broader educational reform movement from a critical perspective, this essay focuses on the national political manifestation of that movement--America 2000. In contrast to more traditional critiques of America 2000, this analysis argues the basic conflict between this reform effort and an "emancipatory definition of substantive democracy." The current infatuation with the market is strongly criticized and the case is made that current reforms, including America 2000, present an agenda that abstracts equity from excellence and social responsibility. What has been valorized in this new language of leadership is an elitist view of schooling based on a celebration of cultural uniformity, the reprivatization of public schools, uncritical support for remaking school curricula in the interest of labor-market imperatives, and a return to the transmission model of learning. In conclusion, prospective and existing educators and cultural workers should be given the opportunity to develop the following elements of a language of critique and possibility: (1) a language of historical perspective; (2) a language of social criticism; (3) a language of remembrance; (4) a language of critical imagination; and (5) a language that challenges the "money-and-missiles sense of reality." (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Critical Theory, Criticism, Educational Administration, Educational Sociology, Elementary Secondary Education, Hermeneutics, Higher Education, Inquiry, Language, School Restructuring
University Council for Educational Administration, 212 Rackley Bldg., Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802-3200.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University Council for Educational Administration.
Note: Paper originally presented as the keynote address at the UCEA Convention (University Park, PA, 1991).