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Official knowledge : democratic education in a conservative age /
Michael W. Apple.
imprint
New York : Routledge, 1993.
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ix, 226 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0415907489 : 0415907497 (pbk.) :
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imprint
New York : Routledge, 1993.
isbn
0415907489 : 0415907497 (pbk.) :
catalogue key
2375983
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-220) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Michael W. Apple is John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2000-06:
Apple (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison) returns to familiar territory with this edition of Official Knowledge. Long convinced that educational policy and practice are inherently political and valuative, he opposes current institutionalized official policy in education. He examines the methods of the Right and explains how they have built a new hegemonic accord on the ashes of the old post-WW II accord of labor and capital. Apple uncovers the real curriculum in most schools--the textbook--and examines the considerable impact of the Right on its production. He examines how the Right gives legitimacy to its positions by controlling governmental mechanisms, and he explores the strategies business uses to penetrate the schools. Apple uncovers a wholesale takeover of educational policy and practice wrought by a conservative restoration that is changing the fabric of the nation. On a brighter note he asks, "whose curriculum is it anyway?" explaining that it is not the set curriculum that is important, rather it is what one makes of it. Finishing on a positive note with lessons drawn from personal experiences in school classrooms and a college seminar, Apple challenges people to struggle against the powerful conservative agenda foisted upon education and to reject the elite, official knowledge this agenda proclaims. General readers and undergraduates. R. J. Reynolds; Eastern Connecticut State University
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A powerful examination of the rightist resurgence in education and the challenges it presents to concerned educators, Official Knowledge analyzes the effects of conservative beliefs and strategies on educational policy and practice. Apple looks specifically at the conservative agenda's incursion into education through the curriculum, textbook adoption policies and the efforts of the private and business sectors to centralize its interests within schools. At the same time, however, he points out areas of hope for the future, showing how students and teachers have continued the struggle and are now successfully engaged in building more democratic education policies and practices. Finally, Apple writes in personal terms about his own teaching techniques and work with students which challenge some of the ideological and educational policies and practices of the Right.
Main Description
A powerful examination of the rightist resurgence in education and the challenges it presents to concerned educators, Official Knowledgeanalyzes the effects of conservative beliefs and strategies on educational policy and practice. Apple looks specifically at the conservative agenda's incursion into education through the curriculum, textbook adoption policies and the efforts of the private and business sectors to centralize its interests within schools. At the same time, however, he points out areas of hope for the future, showing how students and teachers have continued the struggle and are now successfully engaged in building more democratic education policies and practices. Finally, Apple writes in personal terms about his own teaching techniques and work with students which challenge some of the ideological and educational policies and practices of the Right.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Introduction: The Politics of Official Knowledgep. 1
The Politics of Common-Sense: Why the Right Is Winningp. 15
Cultural Politics and the Textp. 42
Regulating Official Knowledgep. 61
Creating the Captive Audience: Channel One and the Political Economy of the Textp. 89
Whose Curriculum Is This Anyway?p. 113
"Hey Man, I'm Good": The Art and Politics of Creating New Knowledge in Schoolsp. 137
The Politics of Pedagogy and the Building of Communityp. 145
Education, Power, and Personal Biography: An Interviewp. 157
Notesp. 177
Bibliographyp. 204
Indexp. 215
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