The Global Assault on Teaching, Teachers, and their Unions: Stories for Resistance

Paperback | March 15, 2008

EditorLois Weiner, Mary Compton

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Increasingly public education’s character is under assault. This collection of essays by noted scholars, teacher activists, and teacher union leaders from around the world fuses personal stories, research, and political analysis, explaining why such profound and damaging changes are being made to schools and teaching, and how teachers, their unions, and supporters of public education can make real the goal of quality education for all the world’s children.

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Increasingly public education’s character is under assault. This collection of essays by noted scholars, teacher activists, and teacher union leaders from around the world fuses personal stories, research, and political analysis, explaining why such profound and damaging changes are being made to schools and teaching, and how teachers,...

Mary Compton is Past President of the UK National Union of Teachers, the largest teacher union in Europe. She is a practicing classroom teacher of modern languages and English as well as a trade union activist. She is a prolific speaker and writer on issues affecting teachers, in particular on the need to fight back against the neo-li...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.67 inPublished:March 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Neo-Liberalism, Teachers, and Teaching: Understanding the Assault: Introduction--Mary Compton and Lois Weiner; ‘Remaking the World’: Neo-Liberalism and the Transformation of Education and Teacher's Labor--Susan Robertson * Neo-Liberalism’s Global Footprint: Education Reform under Strangulation--John Nyambe; Teaching for the Factory: Neo-Liberalism in Mexican Education--Rodolfo Rincones, Elaine Hampton, and Cesar Silva; Neo-Liberal Education in Denmark--Jetta Steensen; University of the West Indies and GATS--Margueritte Williams; The Education World is Not Flat: Neo-Liberalism’s Global Project and Teacher Unions’ Transnational Resistance--Larry Kuehn * The Need for Unions to Defend Public Education: Teachers and their Unions: Why Social Class 'Counts,'--Kathleen A. Murphey; Campaign Against the Opening of City Academies in England--Ian Murch; An Inner-City Public School Teacher’s Story from China, by Yihuai Cai; What Teachers Want from their Unions: What We Know from Research--Nina Bascia; Challenging Neo-Liberalism: Education Unions in Australia--Rob Durbridge * Teaching, a Profession under Attack: Contradictions and Tensions in the Place of Teachers in Educational Reform: Reflections Upon the Role of Teachers in Recent Educational Reforms in the U.S. and Namibia--Ken Zeichner; Universalization of Elementary Education in India: A Dream Deferred is a Dream Denied--Basanti Chakraoborty; Educational Restructuring, Democratic Education, and Teachers--Álvaro Moreira Hypolito * Neo-Liberalism, Inequality, and Teacher Unions: Sodexho in the Chicago Public Schools--Kyle Westbrook; Homophobia in St. Lucian Schools: A Perspective from a Select Group of Teachers--Urban Dolor; Work on Aboriginal Education in a Social Justice Union: Reflections from the Inside--Chris Stewart; South African Teachers and Social Movements: Old and New--Shermain Mannah and Jon Lewis; Schooling and Class in Germany: An Interview with Eberhardt Brand and Susanne Gondermann, of the Gewerkschaft fuer Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW); Education or Mind Infection?--Nurit Peled-Elhanan * Going  on the Offensive: Interview with Thulas Nxesi, President of the Education International; The Context of Teachers’ Democratic Movements in Mexico--Rodolfo Rincones; In Mexico, to Defend Education as a Social Right, We Must Fight for Union Democracy--María de la Luz Arriaga Lemus; A History of the Search for Teacher Unity in South Africa--Harold Samuel; British Teacher Unions and the Blair Government–Anatomy of an Abusive Relationship--Mary Compton; Building the International Movement We Need: Why a Consistent Defense of Democracy is Essential--Lois Weiner

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"In a time of attacks on the entire public sphere, we need to hear the voices of articulate defenders of more democratic visions.  No institution can claim to be democratic when its employees are treated with disrespect. Compton and Weiner have produced a powerful collection that helps restore these voices and helps us understand why they are so deserving of our respect."—Michael W. Apple, John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Author of Educating the "Right" Way "Acomprehensive and vastly enlightening read for any teacher interested in the wider implications of what it is they do for a living. If you are a teacher and have ever wondered who it is that is pulling your strings, and how and why they are doing it, you’ll find this book fascinating and frightening in equal measure."—Phil Beadle, Education Guardian columnist and UK teacher