ERIC Number: EJ1062586
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
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Reframing the Question of Whether Education Can Change Society
Apple, Michael W.
Educational Theory, v65 n3 p299-315 Jun 2015
Among the most important questions critical educators can ask today are the following: Can schools play a role in making a more just society possible? If not, why not? If so, what can they do? These questions provide the basis for this article by Michael Apple, as well as for the books under discussion here. The books by David Blacker, John Marsh, Mike Cole, and Pauline Lipman discussed in this essay are either Marxist, have been influenced by Marxist and socialist ideas, or are published by presses that have a long history of publishing material with a Marxist and/or socialist orientation. In order to adequately deal with them, Apple devotes much of this essay to a set of arguments about the possibilities and limits of these ideas. After specifying those arguments, he discusses how they are developed in the books themselves. He grounds this discussion in a call for creating a broader "we" that is based on a more historically grounded understanding of the ways in which struggles over schooling actually can make a difference.
Descriptors: School Role, Role of Education, Political Attitudes, Social Systems, Social Change, Change Strategies, Marxian Analysis
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