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ERIC Number: EJ799587
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1071-4413
George Bush's No Child Left Behind Education Policy: War, Ambivalence, and Mimicry--Online
Tamatea, Laurence
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, v30 n2 p115-139 Apr 2008
The intent of this article is to explore how No Child Left Behind (NCLB) emerges from a discursive frame that is also used in relation to neoliberal corporate conquests and, significantly, America's war on terror. The article first demonstrates through reference to online resistance discourses and NCLB, how NCLB is a product of and reproduces the authoritarian neoconservative economic discourse signaled previously. This discourse, which tied to neoliberal agendas, represents the most recent expression of modernity's desire to eradicate ambivalence or difference. The article then accounts for how, despite the power of NCLB and its neoconservative war-like rhetoric to impose a regime of discipline and control, resistance to NCLB deploys the tactic of mimicry, which exploits representational ambivalence to challenge this power. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001