Getting Down to Business: How Neoliberalism is Eroding the Democratic Mission of K-12 Public Education
This presentation is part of the Friday Forum, an on-going series about education offered to the Michigan State University community.
With the goal of preparing educated and engaged citizens, public schooling has long been a cornerstone of a democratic society. But the creeping influence of neoliberalism has recast students as workers and consumers, narrowing the focus to economic competitiveness. At the same time, levels of segregation and inequity rival those before the Brown vs. Board decision declared segregation “inherently unequal.”
This talk will examine how neoliberal ideology affects K-12 policy and classroom practice, and the implications for educational equity. The talk will look at current and past policies, the lead-up to test-based accountability, the clout of corporate interests, and the hidden ways inequities are replicated in classrooms.
To counter these trends, the speaker will present ways to reclaim the public mission of schooling, with an emphasis on classroom practice.