Education and Capitalism: The Fight for Public Education
This workshop will lay out the role of education under capitalism, and attempt to understand the attacks on public schools through that lens.
In the first decade of the twenty-first century, a conservative, bipartisan consensus dominates the conversation about what's wrong with our schools and how to fix them. In each case, those solutions scapegoat teachers, vilify our unions, and promise more private control and market mentality as the answer. In each case, students lose--especially students of color and the children of the working class and the poor.
The workshop will put forward a different kind of understanding of what's wrong with our schools--the neoliberal attack and move towards privatization. Furthermore, it will lay out a vision for how we can fight to win back our schools, through organizing teachers, students, families, and community members.
Peter Lamphere--New York City public school teacher, union activist, and member of the Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE)
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