Capitalizing on Disaster: Taking and Breaking Public Schools

Capitalizing on Disaster: Taking and Breaking Public Schools

by Kenneth J. Saltman
     
 

ISBN-10: 1594513813

ISBN-13: 9781594513817

Pub. Date: 05/28/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Breaking new ground in studies of business involvement in schooling, Capitalizing on Disaster dissects the most powerful educational reforms and highlights their relationship to the rise of powerful think tanks and business groups. Over the past several decades, there has been a strong movement to privatize public schooling through business ventures. At the

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Breaking new ground in studies of business involvement in schooling, Capitalizing on Disaster dissects the most powerful educational reforms and highlights their relationship to the rise of powerful think tanks and business groups. Over the past several decades, there has been a strong movement to privatize public schooling through business ventures. At the beginning of the millennium, this privatization project looked moribund as both the Edison Schools and Knowledge Universe foundered. Nonetheless, privatization is back. The new face of educational privatization replaces public schooling with EMOs, vouchers, and charter schools at an alarming rate. In both disaster and nondisaster areas, officials designate schools as failed in order to justify replacement with new, unproven models. Saltman examines how privatization policies such as No Child Left Behind are designed to deregulate schools, favoring business while undermining public oversight. Examining current policies in New Orleans, Chicago, and Iraq, Capitalizing on Disaster shows how the struggle for public schooling is essential to the struggle for a truly democratic society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594513817
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Series:
Cultural Politics and the Promise of Democracy
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: Smash and Grab: Schooling in Disaster Capitalism     1
Silver Linings and Golden Opportunities: The Corporate Plunder of Public Schooling in Post-Katrina New Orleans     21
Creative Associates International, Incorporated: Corporate Schooling and "Democracy Promotion" in Iraq     69
Renaissance 2010 and No Child Left Behind: Breaking and Taking Schools and Communities     119
Conclusion: From Dispossession to Possession: Making Educational Facts on the Ground     155
Index     165
About the Author     175

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