Class War

Class War

The Privatization of Childhood

Paperback - 2015
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"What is at stake when some American children go to school hungry and others go to school in $1,000 Bugaboo strollers? Class War argues that under free market capitalism, life paths prescribed by class but framed as parental choices--public or private? Gifted & Talented, general or special education?--segregate American children from birth through adolescence, and into adulthood, as never before. In an age of austerity, an elite class of corporate education reformers has found new ways to transfer the costs of raising children to families. Examining three New York City schools, Class War show how education has been transformed into a competitive "hunger games" for the resources and social connections required for economic success"--
"What is at stake when some American children go to school hungry and others go to school in $1,000 Bugaboo strollers? Class War argues that under free-market capitalism, life paths prescribed by class but framed as parental choices--public or private, gifted & talented, general or special education--segregate American children from birth through adolescence, and into adulthood, as never before. In an age of austerity, an elite class of corporate education reformers has found new ways to transfer the costs of raising children to families. Although public schools are tasked with providing childcare, job training, meals and social services for low-income children, their funding is being drastically cut; meanwhile, private schools promise to nurture well-rounded individuals for families able to afford the $40,000 a year tuition. Drawing from Erickson's own experience as a teacher in the New York City school system, Class War shows how education has been transformed into a competitive "hunger games for the resources and social connections required for economic success.""--
Published: London ;, Brooklyn, NY :, Verso,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781781689486
1781689482
Branch Call Number: 379.1 ERI
Characteristics: 230 pages ;,20 cm.

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Feb 25, 2016

Absolutely worth reading. After scouring fictionalized and nonfiction titles past and present, this is one of the few books I have found that cogently interrogates race, class, and gender as integral aspects of the teaching profession. Erickson includes extensive footnotes from reputable sources to make points about structural problems in our public schools that further marginalize low-income students and public school teachers. Her critiques of edtech were incomplete and I would have preferred a lighter touch on all things socialism, but otherwise, this book was a clear and accurate representation of what I also witnessed as a teacher in public and private schools.

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