Education as Enforcement locates a rising culture of militarism found not only in popular culture, civil society and US foreign policy but also in educational policy and practices. Considering the rise of school security apparatus, accountability and standards movements, privatization and commercialization, this book highlights the intersections between militarization and corporatization. It brings together noted scholars in education to explore and challenge the ways that the imperatives of corporate globalization are educating citizens through curriculum, policy and popular culture in the virtues of authoritarianism while turning some schools into boardrooms and others into barracks and prisons.
With surveillance cameras, chainlink fences, surprise searches and metal detectors our public schools increasingly resemble the military and prisons. The first book to focus on the intersections of militarization, corporations and education, Education as Enforcement shows how schooling has become the means through which the expansion of global corporate power is enforced. Whether through accountability and standards, school security, or other discipline based reforms, militarized education in the U.S. needs to be understood in relation to the enforcement of corporate economic imperatives and to a sense of "law and order" that pervades our popular culture. Such an understanding will enable the conception of strategies for renewing a spirit of public civic engagement and democratic responsibility.
*Contributors: Henry A. Giroux, Kenneth J. Saltman, Noam Chomsky, Robin Truth Goodman, David A. Gabbard, Pauline Lipman, Pepi Leistyna, Enora A. Brown, Don Trent Jacobs, Marvin J. Berlowitz, Nathan A. Long, Haggith Gor, Julie Webber, Sheila Landers Macrine, Ron Scapp, Sandra Jackson, Kevin D. Vinson, E. Wayne Ross, Eugene Provenzo, Jr., William M. Reynolds, Michael W. Apple, Peter McLaren, Ramin Farahmandpur*