By Michael Engel

These making judgements approximately schooling this present day argue that industry concepts advertise democratic academic reform, whilst particularly they advertise industry reform of schooling. Michael Engel argues by contrast tendency, siding with democratic values and demands a go back to community-controlled faculties.

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EducationEconomic aspectsUnited States.  School choiceUnited States.  Charter schoolsUnited States.  Title. 01'0973dc21 99-34615 Page v For Jackie, Sara, and Emily Page vii Contents Preface ix Acknowledgments xi 1 Introduction 1 2 Market Ideology 18 3 Democratic Education 44 4 School Choice 68 5 Educational Technology 93 6 School Restructuring 120 7 Curriculum 148 8 Civic Education 176 9 Conclusion 211 Index 221 Page ix Preface This book is a product of theory and practice. The theory part comes from my personal and professional concern with the politics of education.

Even if they rebel, that rebellion will take highly individualistic, idiosyncratic, and perhaps violent forms that produce no constructive results, as is the case at the turn of the twenty-first century. The visions advanced by democratic educators and progressive social movements over the past two hundred years have offered the promise of encouraging and energizing young people to take control of their world and make it a better place. We cannot afford to let those visions dim. In that light, it is nothing short of disastrous that more than ever before, one antidemocratic system of ideasmarket ideologyalmost exclusively defines the terms of educational politics and charts the path of education reform.

Most important, however, is the fact that market ideology's virtually unchallenged dominance threatens the very existence of public education as a social institution, because its logic ultimately eliminates any justification for collective and democratic control of the schools. Market ideology and democratic values in education are mutually exclusive. This may be true on a broader social level as well; Robert Kuttner claims that "the celebration of the market has become an insidious form of contempt for political democracy" (1997, 337).

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