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Education: The Personal Is Political

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Angel Valdivia

on 9 February 2013

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Transcript of Education: The Personal Is Political

Michael W. Apple Education, Class, and Culture Micheal W. Apple DOB: 1942. Is a leading critical educational theorist, recognized for numerous books and scholarly interests, which center on education and power, cultural politics, curriculum theory and research, critical teaching, and the development of democratic schools The Personal and the Political in Critical Educational Studies "The recognition that schools--the curricula, teaching, and evaluative policies and practices that structure the daily events that go on in them--are among the most central of our institutionalized sets of social relations is not new, of course" (Apple 4). Substantive & Critical Questions to Ask... - Who benefits from the ways education is
- Whose knowledge and ways of knowing are
considered legitimate or "official"?
- What is the relationship between inner world of
schools and the larger society?
- How is power constituted and how do we think
about it? Relational Analysis [The questions] "demands a detailed and complex understanding of th relationship among the economy, politics, and culture, and an equally detailed understanding of the social movements and groups constitute in society" (Apple 4). What are the Defining Moments? - Socially?
- Politically?
- Culturally? Macro Micro - Community?
- Family?
- Individually? C.W. Mills' Sociological Imagination History/ Institutions Biography Personal
Troubles Public
Issues The Roots of Relational Analysis It is important to remember the "real problem, [is] how we think about something makes a considerable difference in how we act" (9). Category Errors Hurricane Katrina 1. Race

2. Class

3. City Planning

4. Engineering

5. Government Relational Analysis "That is, the institutions and events of our daily lives need to be understood not in an isolated way--separate from the relations of domination and exploitation of the larger society--but in ways that stress their interconnections with these relations" (10). Critical Research First, the curriculum is itself part of what has been called a selective tradition (11).
- Knowledge is selected from a
- Universe
- Polyverse "Second, the political structuring is not only seen at the level of content. It is also visible in the ways in which the curriculum is organized and evaluated" (11). "Curricular form represents the social and cultural glue, the ways of being in the world, of particular classes and class factions and of dominant race and gender relations" (ibid). "Third, the politics of education is visible in the relationship between schooling as a set of institutions and the social, sexual, and racial divisions of paid and unpaid labor" (11) "Essentializing Categories of race, class, gender, to include sexuality, 'ability,' age, nation, bodily politics, and so on--each of which is in constant interaction with the others" (12).
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