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For thirty years Henry Giroux has been theorizing pedagogy as a political, moral, and cultural practice, drawing upon critical discourses that extend from John Dewey and Zygmunt Bauman to Paulo Freire. This impassioned book starts with the crucial role of pedagogy in schools before extending the notion to the educational force of the wider culture. Giroux focuses on five c For thirty years Henry Giroux has been theorizing pedagogy as a political, moral, and cultural practice, drawing upon critical discourses that extend from John Dewey and Zygmunt Bauman to Paulo Freire. This impassioned book starts with the crucial role of pedagogy in schools before extending the notion to the educational force of the wider culture. Giroux focuses on five crucial elements associated with critical pedagogy. First, he presents an overview of the term as it applies to schooling and to larger cultural spheres. Second, he analyzes the increasingly empirical orientation of teaching, focusing on the culture of positivism. Section Three examines some of the major economic, social, and political forces undermining the promise of democratic schooling in both public and higher education. Giroux then outlines increasing attempts by both right wing and liberal interests to reduce schooling to training and students merely to customers. Finally, the book focuses on the legacy of Paulo Freire and issues a fundamental challenge to educators, public intellectuals, and others who believe in the promise of a radical democracy.


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For thirty years Henry Giroux has been theorizing pedagogy as a political, moral, and cultural practice, drawing upon critical discourses that extend from John Dewey and Zygmunt Bauman to Paulo Freire. This impassioned book starts with the crucial role of pedagogy in schools before extending the notion to the educational force of the wider culture. Giroux focuses on five c For thirty years Henry Giroux has been theorizing pedagogy as a political, moral, and cultural practice, drawing upon critical discourses that extend from John Dewey and Zygmunt Bauman to Paulo Freire. This impassioned book starts with the crucial role of pedagogy in schools before extending the notion to the educational force of the wider culture. Giroux focuses on five crucial elements associated with critical pedagogy. First, he presents an overview of the term as it applies to schooling and to larger cultural spheres. Second, he analyzes the increasingly empirical orientation of teaching, focusing on the culture of positivism. Section Three examines some of the major economic, social, and political forces undermining the promise of democratic schooling in both public and higher education. Giroux then outlines increasing attempts by both right wing and liberal interests to reduce schooling to training and students merely to customers. Finally, the book focuses on the legacy of Paulo Freire and issues a fundamental challenge to educators, public intellectuals, and others who believe in the promise of a radical democracy.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Shafiq Razak Rajan

    What I learned from this book? The education system is becoming more market-driven, profit oriented and serves to reproduce the status quo by 'educating' hordes of unquestioning labor force that can be used as commodities for the interests of corporations. Culture is commodified. What can we do about it? Teach those students to question everything, including the values and norms that they took for granted, the relations of power in society, their place within it and what they can do about it to b What I learned from this book? The education system is becoming more market-driven, profit oriented and serves to reproduce the status quo by 'educating' hordes of unquestioning labor force that can be used as commodities for the interests of corporations. Culture is commodified. What can we do about it? Teach those students to question everything, including the values and norms that they took for granted, the relations of power in society, their place within it and what they can do about it to become responsible citizens. Get them to believe that there exist a different mode of living than the one they are living in right now, and that they have the power to collectively strive for it, should they possess civic courage. It should be read by teachers who believe in a better world.

  2. 5 out of 5

    William

    Giroux has some of the best contemporary analysis on why critical pedagogy is necessary and how educators can implement it... but this collection is difficult to read because every essay is repetitive (which is probably because all of the chapters were previously published separately).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    Giroux is a scholar in critical pedagogy and youth studies. This book is dense but really hits at many of the social ills in the United States (and possibly throughout Westernized countries. I found the chapter on Higher Education (chapter 6) to be particularly poignant as someone who has been working in higher education administration for several years.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jonna Lappalainen

    This book is about neoliberalism and politics in higher education and teaching in general. It is true that the book is repetitive but at least it makes the point clear: teaching is never neutral or objective. Education and pedagogy do not exist outside relations of power, values and politics. I especially liked the first chapter with the ideas of culture of positivism.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Matt Sautman

    For readers already familiar with Freire’s work on pedagogy and progressive pedagogy rooted in critical thinking, the last chapters of Giroux’s Critical Pedagogy will likely repeat ideas they are already familiar with. Nonetheless, Grioux’s thoughts on how corporate ideology shapes education and how the public perceives teachers continues to have relevancy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alejandra Balestra

    Libro de texto para los estudiantes en mi curso de pedagogía. Una mirada crítica acerca de la educación en épocas de neoliberalismo. Lectura obligatoria para todo estudiante de profesorado. Para mi es un libro para leer y releer, y es lo que hago.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    go off king

  8. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Great large-scale projection of Giroux's project and view of education's link to democracy. Lot's of great stuff in here, including a wonderful analysis of time and the university/school, as well as many reasons why critical pedagogy cannot be unstructured in order to get the type of revolutionary subjects that one would want engaging culture. It's an excellent read, and full of great arguments for why one's teaching both in and out of the classroom is connected to popular culture as well as int Great large-scale projection of Giroux's project and view of education's link to democracy. Lot's of great stuff in here, including a wonderful analysis of time and the university/school, as well as many reasons why critical pedagogy cannot be unstructured in order to get the type of revolutionary subjects that one would want engaging culture. It's an excellent read, and full of great arguments for why one's teaching both in and out of the classroom is connected to popular culture as well as intellectual and theoretical analysis.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

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  12. 4 out of 5

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    Douglas

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Larson

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    Joe Bradley

  19. 5 out of 5

    Zach

    Henry Giroux displays what appears to be an encyclopedic knowledge of critical pedagogy. Filled with insight, Giroux's writing is bracing and challenging -- it's hard not to feel a call to action on every page. If you've ever wondered how public & higher education got to where they're at today or if you've ever wondered what kinds of political motivations are driving today's public and higher education, then this is the book for you. Henry Giroux displays what appears to be an encyclopedic knowledge of critical pedagogy. Filled with insight, Giroux's writing is bracing and challenging -- it's hard not to feel a call to action on every page. If you've ever wondered how public & higher education got to where they're at today or if you've ever wondered what kinds of political motivations are driving today's public and higher education, then this is the book for you.

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    Jason

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