From the New Deal to the War on Schools: Race, Inequality, and the Rise of the Punitive Education State
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: University of North Carolina Press
Sales Date: 2022-07-12
Published: July 2022
340 Pages, 6.12 x 9.25 x 0.75 in
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In the wake of World War II, a coalition of thinkers gained dominance in U.S. policymaking. They identified educational opportunity as the ideal means of addressing racial and economic inequality by incorporating individuals into a free market economy. The passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 1965 secured an expansive federal commitment to this goal. However, when social problems failed to improve, the underlying logic led policymakers to hold schools responsible. Moak documents how a vision of education as a panacea for society's flaws led us to turn away from redistributive economic policies and down the path to market-based reforms, No Child Left Behind, mass school closures, teacher layoffs, and other policies that plague the public education system to this day.