ERIC Number: EJ1074763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
Rescaling Education: Reconstructions of Scale in President Reagan's 1983 State of the Union Address
Collin, Ross; Ferrare, Joseph J.
Journal of Education Policy, v30 n6 p796-809 2015
This article presents a discourse analysis of President Ronald Reagan's 1983 State of the Union Address. Focusing on questions of scale, the article considers how and with what effects Reagan reconstructs education as a local, state, national and global endeavour. It is argued that by situating education in a competitive global economy, Reagan justifies his project of rolling back social/educational programmes and placing the USA's institutions more squarely in service to capitalist growth. Furthermore, it is argued that Reagan's efforts to rescale education and society contribute to a New Right project of re-establishing a white-dominated racial order in the USA and around the world. Although Reagan did not prioritise education in his domestic agenda, his statements on education advanced the New Right's project of rescaling society and set the terms of debate in education for subsequent presidents.
Descriptors: Presidents, Speeches, Social Systems, Economic Progress, Educational Change, Social Change, Political Attitudes, Whites, Power Structure, Debate, Discourse Analysis, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Finance
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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