ERIC Number: EJ970838
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Reference Count: 8
Democratic Education Requires Rejecting the New Corporate Two-Tiered School System
Saltman, Kenneth J.
American Journal of Education, v118 n3 p389-393 May 2012
In his essay "Individuality, Equality, and Creative Democracy--the Task Before Us," Jim Garrison (2012, in this issue) restates Dewey's call "to educate individuals capable of criticizing and recreating society--not simply reproducing the status quo." He writes that under the new structural feudalism, "schools assume the task of standardizing human capital as a commodity suitable for ready exchange that fits docilely into the existing sociopolitical-economic order rather than democratic individuals charged with challenging and changing the status quo." In this article, Saltman suggests that how schools are being reformed and by whom illustrates the formation of a new two-tiered educational system--not just through NCLB but also RTTT (Race to the Top), chartering, and other forms of privatization. He contends that the new two-tiered public school system that is being created through privatization and corporate reform-models does nothing to challenge the legacy of segregation or funding inequalities, and it largely runs counter to the development of critical dispositions for democratic education.
Descriptors: Human Capital, Privatization, Democracy, Educational Change, Democratic Values, Citizenship Education, Politics of Education, Policy Analysis, School Restructuring, Equal Education, School Segregation, Commercialization, Funding Formulas, Reader Response, Educational Administration
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001; Race to the Top