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When Schools Become Dead Zones of the Imagination: A Critical Pedagogy Manifesto

When Schools Become Dead Zones of the Imagination: A Critical Pedagogy Manifesto When Schools Become Dead Zones of the Imagination: A Critical Pedagogy Manifesto Originally printed on Truthout, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 Henry A. Giroux McMaster University henry.giroux@gmail.com Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak. Martin Luther King, Jr If the right-wing billionaires and apostles of corporate power have their way, public schools will become “dead zones of the imagination,” reduced to anti-public spaces that wage an assault on critical thinking, civic literacy and historical memory. Since the 1980s, schools have increasingly become testing hubs that de-skill teachers and disempower students. They have also been refigured as punishment centers where low-income and poor minority youth are harshly disciplined under zero tolerance policies in ways that often result in their being arrested and charged with crimes that, on the surface, are as trivial as the punishment is harsh. Under casino capitalism’s push to privatize education, public schools have been closed in cities such as, Philadelphia, Chicagoand NewYorktomakewayfor charter schools. Teacher http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The High School Journal University of North Carolina Press

When Schools Become Dead Zones of the Imagination: A Critical Pedagogy Manifesto

The High School Journal , Volume 99 (4) – Apr 23, 2016

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When Schools Become Dead Zones of the Imagination: A Critical Pedagogy Manifesto Originally printed on Truthout, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 Henry A. Giroux McMaster University henry.giroux@gmail.com Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak. Martin Luther King, Jr If the right-wing billionaires and apostles of corporate power have their way, public schools will become “dead zones of the imagination,” reduced to anti-public spaces that wage an assault on critical thinking, civic literacy and historical memory. Since the 1980s, schools have increasingly become testing hubs that de-skill teachers and disempower students. They have also been refigured as punishment centers where low-income and poor minority youth are harshly disciplined under zero tolerance policies in ways that often result in their being arrested and charged with crimes that, on the surface, are as trivial as the punishment is harsh. Under casino capitalism’s push to privatize education, public schools have been closed in cities such as, Philadelphia, Chicagoand NewYorktomakewayfor charter schools. Teacher

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Published: Apr 23, 2016

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