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ERIC Number: EJ1015805
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1946-7109
Another Philadelphia Story: Mobilizing Resistance and Widening the Educational Imagination in the Midst of Corporate Assault on the Public Sphere
Fine, Michelle
Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, v10 n1 Sum 2013
Information about the MIT Media Lab PLATFORM, a Summit of Innovators, is presented. This Summit was comprised of engineers, computer scientists, coders, activists, designers, and technology wizards, a gathering of people of color who have been remarkably successful, provocative, and creative against the odds. The event enabled the author and other Summit participants to address the long recognized history of struggle for educational justice in Philadelphia. It also enabled them to look into the social condition of the city, as well as the condition of the education system. At the Summit, the author presented the work of the Public Science Project at the Graduate Center, CUNY, where researchers, activists, and everyday youth undertake critical participatory action research for and with those who have experienced the sharp racialized edge of policy-based dispossession. She explained that for 30 years she has been conducting research on youth in Philadelphia, New York, Newark, and in California, whose things--dreams, lives, institutions, and communities--had indeed been broken by drive-by "innovators" who may have thought they had a good idea, or simply sought to profit, but carried no sense of respect for the people who had to live through their experiments. She concludes by stating that throughout the U.S. and globally, communities of color, poverty and disenfranchisement are contending with well-financed corporate circuits of dispossession, implemented through technologies of government and public policy. Resisting together, educators, parents, community activists, students, universities, artists, and independent media must link arms within their cities, across lines of struggle, and also across cities to struggle together against corporate takeover, while nurturing the popular imagination for what could be.
University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. 3700 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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