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ERIC Number: EJ1134638
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Welcome to the "New Normal": The News Media and Neoliberal Reforming Education
Goldstein, Rebecca A.; Macrine, Sheila; Chesky, Nataly Z.
Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, v4 n1 p112-131 2011
This article demonstrates how media coverage employs dominant neoliberal narratives and discourses to blame public education for societal ills. The authors examine how the media's use of neoliberal narrative and discourse has hegemonically become the "new normal" of public education and school reform. Utilizing data from media coverage of public education since the election of President Barack Obama, the authors illustrate how mainstream media news outlets (television, cable, newspapers, etc.) frame public education reform as a social, political, moral, and, above all, an economic imperative through the use a neoliberal interpretive framework, particularly the discourse of "shared sacrifice". The authors argue that the media's unbalanced treatment and integration of neoliberal educational discourses signals a dangerous turn in how we think about the relationship between public education and American democracy. Such hegemonic academic repression demands both moral outrage and a counter-hegemonic response.
Descriptors: Neoliberalism, News Reporting, Educational Change, Public Education, Discourse Analysis, Presidents, Elections, Guidelines, Moral Values, Social Values, Political Attitudes, Democracy, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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