The Phenomenon of Obama and the Agenda for Education: Can Hope Audaciously Trump Neoliberalism? (Critical Constructions: Studies on Education and Society)

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Synopsis: Who should read this book? Anyone who is touched by public education – teachers, administrators, teacher-educators, students, parents, politicians, pundits, and citizens – ought to read this book. It will speak to educators, policymakers and citizens who are concerned about the future of education and its relation to a robust, participatory democracy. The perspectives offered by a wonderfully diverse collection of contributors provide a glimpse into the complex, multilayered factors that shape, and are shaped by, institutions of schooling today. The analyses presented in this text are critical of how globalization and neoliberalism exert increasing levels of control over the public institutions meant to support the common good. Readers of this book will be well prepared to participate in the dialogue that will influence the future of public education in this nation – a dialogue that must seek the kind of change that represents hope for all students. As for the question contained in the title of the book--Can hope audaciously trump neoliberalism?--, Carr and Porfilio develop a framework that integrates the work of the contributors, including Christine Sleeter and Dennis Carlson, who wrote the forward and afterword respectively, that problematizes how the Obama administration has presented an extremely constrained, conservative notion of change in and through education. The rhetoric has not been matched by meaningful, tangible, transformative proposals, policies and programs aimed at transformative change. There are many reasons for this, and, according to the contributors to this book, it is clear that neoliberalism is a major obstacle to stimulating the hope that so many have been hoping for. Addressing systemic inequities embedded within neoliberalism, Carr and Porfilio argue, is key to achieving the hope so brilliantly presented by Obama during the campaign that brought him to the presidency.

From the Inside Flap: Since Barack Obama was elected in 2008, a few influential scholarly books have been written on the educational, socio-economic, political, and human implications of his presidency. This volume is definitely one of the few. It provides a rich, critical, and impartial analysis of President Obama's domestic and foreign policies, pointing out ways in which these policies have affected the learning of students and the lives of oppressed and colonized communities here and abroad. A must read!
Pierre W. Orelus, New Mexico State University
 
This collection of brilliant analyses of the unrelenting villainy of neoliberal capitalism should be read by anyone interested in warding off the corporate agenda in education and the social, political, economic and ecological catastrophe we're facing. It unravels the breathtaking audacity of American global imperialism's attempts to narcotize and pillage the masses. There's no way we can come out of this text and not be politically and morally outraged. More importantly, there's no way to exit and not think about radically altering education and society more broadly and act towards its realization.  
Ricardo D. Rosa, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth & Vice-President of Save Our Schools
 
Carr and Porfilio have organized an important text that casts a collective voice against educational policies of exclusion, power, and profiteering. The book makes timely contributions to the field of critical educational studies in offering incisive analysis of neoliberal policies and their consequences in limiting democracy, social justice, and critical thought in our schools. The writings organized here are essential for all those who want to transform education from yet another site of corporate profiteering into a laboratory of intervention for diverse community formations to create the world anew.      
 Michael Viola, Antioch University Seattle
 
In their second edition of The Phenomenon of Obama and the Agenda for Education, Carr and Porfilio present an honest and balanced critique of Obama's educational policies. The chapters take the readers on a journey through the various neoliberal policies that have especially hurt urban schools, teachers and students. A must read for anyone trying to understand where we are and where we are gong in education in the 21st century.
Rochelle Brock, Indiana University Northwest
 
The second edition of Carr and Porfilio's The Phenomenon of Obama and the Agenda for Education is as important today as when the first edition was published in 2011. The book's contributors make clear that the first African-American U.S. President's hopes and promises for change were really nothing more than a hoax and a guarantee for more of the same - particularly in relation to education. The authors outline what is wrong with the neoliberal management of education while presenting opportunities and pathways for a meaningful education in the 21st century. This book is a must read for all concerned citizens, educators, policy makers, and politicians who dare to question the neoliberal discourse and envision an authentic pedagogy of hope!
Ana Cruz, St. Louis Community College - Meramec

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