ERIC Number: EJ1114710
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Challenging the Epistemological Fog: The Roles of the Scholar/Activist in Education
Apple, Michael W.
European Educational Research Journal, v15 n5 p505-515 Sep 2016
This is a very difficult time in education. Neoliberal and neoconservative policies have had major effects on schools, on communities, on administrators, on teachers, and on all school staff. A new alliance has integrated education into a wider set of ideological commitments. The objectives in education are the same as those that guide economic and social welfare goals. They include the dramatic expansion of that eloquent fiction, the free market; the drastic reduction of government responsibility for social needs; the reinforcement of intensely competitive structures of mobility both inside and outside the school; the lowering of people's expectations for economic security; the "disciplining" of culture and the body; and the popularization of what is clearly a form of Social Darwinist thinking. In response to this, I detail nine tasks in which the critical scholar/activist should engage in fulfilling the role of the public intellectual. Such tasks are crucial if we are to collectively deal with the current crisis.
Descriptors: Epistemology, Activism, Neoliberalism, Educational Policy, Educational Objectives, Social Systems, Competition, College Faculty, Government Role, Power Structure, Educational Change
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