Education Oration: 'CAN EDUCATION CHANGE SOCIETY?'
In a time of growing neoliberal and neoconservative power nationally and internationally, the challenges faced by progressive scholars and activists in education are many. Unfortunately, all too much of the response by critical educators to these challenges simply remain at a rhetorical level or they assume that there's nothing that education can do in social transformation unless the larger society is changed first. Both of these positions are suspect. While political rhetoric is important, this is not sufficient. I shall critically examine the conservative alliance that we face and then argue for a wider set of tasks that constitute a more tactical range of actions to help interrupt dominant theories, policies, and practices coming from this alliance.
Presented by Professor Michael W. Apple, John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Michael W. Apple is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. A former elementary and secondary school teacher and past-president of a teachers union, he has worked with educational systems, governments, universities, and activist and dissident groups throughout the world to democratize educational research, policy, and practice. Professor Apple has been selected as one of the fifty most important educational scholars in the 20th Century. His books Ideology and Curriculum and Official Knowledge were also selected as two of the most significant books on education in the 20th Century. Among his recent books are: Knowledge, Power, and Education (2013); Can Education Change Society? (2013); and the forthcoming book The Struggle for Democracy in Education.