Features of Neoliberalism

Experiment: Explaining the part that I do understand. The term “neoliberalism” is very confusing for an American. We tend to use “liberal” as a nickname for those who are socially liberal. In the broader scheme of politics, “neoliberal” is used for the new wave of capitalistic thinking that calls for a liberalized economy with less…

Seeing the other perspective

Experiment: Writing about something I don’t believe. . . oh, this is too hard! The case for the privatization of schools is an incredibly complex topic. I’ll summarize these main points: The purpose of government and the protection of freedom Education should be local, truly democratic and imposed by federal government The purpose of education…

Being Okay with Not Knowing

Experiment: writing about the connection between philosophy and my own view on research. At the end of a long day last week, I encountered a particularly challenging section of a book. I left myself this note, so that I would remember that it was not just a normal bookmark. Having totally forgotten about it, I opened…

What defines school?

Last weekend I attended the conference “A Voice for Education” in Nottingham. This was part of the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences and none of those titles prepared me at all for what to expect! This was the first question of the day, and I did not have a very good answer. The question is,”What…

The Invisible Work of Teachers

Experiment: Integrate feminist economics and education Teaching is a highly visible position. As a former teacher, I was a “minor celebrity”. I would be recognized in random shopping malls by people I had never met. Every time I left the house I would see at least one student. The job itself involves presenting to a group…