by Robert Wilkinson
Via the ever-great TruthOut, an amazing (if somewhat dense) article assessing what must be done if we are to build a more enlightened society and educated population out of the wreckage of our current failed economic and social "free market" experiment. Written at a PhD level of comprehensibility, it may take a while to chew on some of its pithier assertions, but it does open the door to profound thought and ways to move out of the economic and social assumptions creating the global mess we're in, regardless of what continent we live on.
As one commenter put it in two sentences:
Susan and Henry Giroux here provide a brilliant and vital “theoretical” opening for the rest of us to engage further the kind of “hard thinking” necessary to begin to overcome the multiple burdens, challenges and crises we face. The kinds, and levels, of social, economic, political, cultural and pedagogical transformations necessary, domestically AND globally, for creating the forms of substantive and sustainable democracy stressed in this article will not be easily achieved, but will require an enormous and ongoing amount of rational thought, critical reflection, strength of will, intellectual rigor, and committed action grounded both in a careful understanding of current dilemmas and how we have arrived at this point, and hopeful possibilities rooted in critical visions of what we want and what it will take to get there.
Here's your very profound analytical brain stretch for the day (and year!), Beyond Bailouts: On the Politics of Education After Neoliberalism by world renowned educators and authors Henry A. Giroux and Susan Searls Giroux. I am glad to find that critical thinking is not a lost art. At the very least this article will improve our vocabularies!
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