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The Seduction of Common Sense: How the Right Has Framed the Debate of America's Schools

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Timely, accessible, and thoroughly researched, The Seduction of Common Sense exposes the insidious nature of current educational reforms and offers promising directions for anti-oppressive change.

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Overview

Timely, accessible, and thoroughly researched, The Seduction of Common Sense exposes the insidious nature of current educational reforms and offers promising directions for anti-oppressive change.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807748695
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 4/12/2008
  • Series: Teaching for Social Justice Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix

Foreword Herbert Kohl xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction 1

"Common Sense" and Schooling 3

"Right," "Left," and Public Education 5

1 Attack on Public Education 9

Organizational Landscape of the Right 12

Current Initiatives to Undermine Public Education 16

Contradictions and Strange Bedfellows 29

2 The Power of Frames 32

"Traditional Family" and Core Values 32

"Free Enterprise" and Common Sense 35

"Beacon of Goodness" and Distraction 38

"Be Very Afraid" 42

3 Appropriation of Frames About "Safety" 49

The Trouble with Safety 49

The Institutionalization of Bias 53

The Christian Right and Youth 57

Appropriations of Four Frames 60

4 Failure to Reframe the "Achievement Gap" 70

Gaps in Achievement 70

The Demand to Assimilate 74

Purposes Behind the "Model Minority" 78

Framing Away Our Collective Responsibilities 83

5 Frames for a Broader Left 86

The Right to Be Different 88

Oppression Hurts Everyone 90

Multiple Human Rights 94

References 99

Index 105

About the Author 110

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