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ERIC Number: EJ1001518
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Now Is the Moment: The State, Public Education, & Communities of Resistance in Oaxaca & Wisconsin
Hones, Donald
Multicultural Education, v19 n2 p2-9 Win 2012
This study draws from narrative research, wherein stories of individuals, groups, and communities are central to the interpretation. Through a process of interpretive interactionism, the author examined the groups and institutions involved in the ongoing conflict between the state and public education in Oaxaca, and then included comparisons and contrasts to the current struggle in Wisconsin. Moreover, the very public nature of the rebellion in Oaxaca and Wisconsin lends itself to the interpretation of these struggles as performance events. This article begins with a discussion of narrative inquiry as a tool to select sites for participant observation and to interview teachers, administrators, and others involved in those sites. Through interviews, participant observation, and library research, the author compared teacher preparation as well as current attempts to undermine traditional preparation in both states, Oaxaca and Wisconsin. What follows is a brief history of public education and teacher preparation in Oaxaca and Wisconsin, especially focusing on the polarizing events of 2006, when teachers and their supporters took over the city of Oaxaca and were only driven out by the Mexican army, and events in February and March of 2011 in Wisconsin, when mass resistance developed to the Republican effort to remove collective bargaining rights for state public employees. Through library and internet research, the author examined the conflicts between states, teachers, and public schools as they have developed in Oaxaca and Wisconsin, especially in the past five years. School funding is discussed, as well as current attempts to support private education with public funds. Finally, the struggle for better schools and better working conditions is highlighted, along with the importance of building networks of solidarity that cross state and international boundaries.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico (Oaxaca); Wisconsin