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Expelling Hope: The Assault on Youth and the Militarization of Schooling

reviewed by Kenneth Saltman - December 22, 2008

coverTitle: Expelling Hope: The Assault on Youth and the Militarization of Schooling
Author(s): Christopher G. Robbins
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791475050, Pages: 218, Year: 2008
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The title of this book could aptly describe the effects of the policy turns likely to take place under Barack Obama’s Secretary of Education selection of Arne Duncan. If Obama’s campaign was run on the promise of hope, then Duncan represents a disturbing expelling of it. Under Duncan’s leadership of the Chicago Public Schools, Chicago became the most militarized system in the nation, creating not only the most public schools run as military academies, but also the aggressive expansion of draconian punitive measures and technologies aimed at students, teachers, administrators, teachers unions, and local school councils. As students were treated to record numbers of suspensions, metal detectors, police presence, and military personnel, the system as a whole was essentially turned over to the private sector through the Renaissance 2010 plan which was designed by the Commercial Club of Chicago for the mayor and implemented by Duncan. The Renaissance plan to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 22, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15471, Date Accessed: 10/24/2020 5:12:01 PM

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  • Kenneth Saltman
    DePaul University
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    KENNETH J. SALTMAN is Associate Professor in the department of Educational Policy Studies and Research at DePaul University in Chicago. He is the author most recently of Capitalizing on Disaster: Taking and Breaking Public Schools (Paradigm Publishers, 2007) and editor of Schooling and the Politics of Disaster (Routledge, 2007). He is currently writing a book on educational philanthropy, The Gift of Education, to be published in 2009.
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