ERIC Number: EJ1035751
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Beyond the Poverty of National Security: Toward a Critical Human Security Perspective in Educational Policy
Means, Alexander J.
Journal of Education Policy, v29 n6 p719-741 2014
This article examines the intersecting logics of human capital and national security underpinning the corporate school reform movement in the United States. Taking a 2012 policy report by the Council on Foreign Relations as an entry point, it suggests that these logics are incoherent not only on their own narrow instrumental terms, but also more importantly in terms of progressive ideals of human and educational flourishing. The article proceeds to draw on discussions within the fields of international relations and critical security studies in order to think through what it might mean to reframe educational policy within the terms of human security rather than human capital and national security. It further explores both the possibilities and distinct limitations of extant human security discourses and policies in relation to global neoliberal governance and biopolitics. The article concludes by advocating for a critical human security framework in educational policy along three conceptual lines: (1) "A Human beyond Human Capital"; (2) "Symbiotic Parallelism"; and (3) "Altersecurity." Ultimately, it suggests that human security for educational flourishing might offer insight into transcending the idea of security altogether.
Descriptors: National Security, Educational Policy, Human Capital, Educational Change, Neoliberalism, Politics of Education, Social Justice, Criticism, Well Being, International Relations, Humanism, Ideology, Educational Philosophy
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