A Marxist Education

A Marxist Education

by Wayne Au


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Praise for Critical Curriculum Studies:

“If Wayne Au wanted to ‘revitalize’ curriculum studies—it worked! Articulating the complex simply, this unique and insightful contribution successfully explains the electric relationship between what we learn and what we do. This is a must read for those interested in knowledge and possibility.” —William H. Watkins, Professor, College of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago

“This is an essential book for anyone interested in the politics of knowledge and education that aims to be transformative rather than reproductive of current social conditions. Summing Up: Essential.” —E. W. Ross, University of British Columbia, in CHOICE

In A Marxist Education: Learning to Change the World, professor and education activist Wayne Au traces his own development as a Marxist educator, as well as the development of Marxist educational theory. Arguing that dialectical materialism is at the heart of Marxist theory, Au uses dialectics to not only analyze the relationship between capitalism and schools, but also to understand teaching, learning, and curriculum.

A Marxist Education challenges the idea that Marxism is Eurocentric, reclaims noted educators such as Lev Vygotsky and Paulo Freire as part of the socialist tradition, and integrates anti-racist and feminist struggle into an analyses of education, consciousness, and power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608469055
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Wayne Au is a Professor in the School of Educational Studies at the University of Washington Bothell and a long-time author and editor for the social justice teaching magazine, Rethinking Schools.

Table of Contents

General Contents1.Introduction(revised intellectual biography plus more typical introductory remarks and context, need, placement of this work)2.Against Economic Determinism(revised paper on Neo-Marxism and what I characterize as a misreading of Marx to begin with)3.Critical Reflection in the Classroom(dialectical conception of consciousness exists as individual book chapter in an edited collection and in Chapter Two of Critical Curriculum Studies)4.Curricular Standpoint(revision of existing versions as edited book chapter, aspects of chapters 1, 5, & 6 ofCritical Curriculum Studies and TeachersCollege Record article)5.Epistemology of the Oppressed(revised paper on Freire and dialectical materialism)(to be written-articulatedacross other books/articles)7.Meritocracy 2.0: Neoliberal multiculturalism and the Racial Project of High-Stakes Testing8.Vygotsky and Lenin on Learning9.Education & Inequality-Relative Autonomy10.Dialectical research methods11.Conclusion-Reflections on practice

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