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The Opt-Out Movement and the Reform Agenda in U.S. Schools


by Oren Pizmony-Levy , Bob Lingard & David Hursh - 2021

In this editorial, the authors situate the opt-out movement in the broader context of resistance to the global educational reform movement and its specific playing out in the USA in relation to the opt-out movement. The editors review the 11 articles and commentary and discuss the contributions of the collection as a whole to the literature. They note the contribution of the special issue to the literature on the application of social movement theory to educational politics and the literature on resistance to the global education reform movement.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 123 Number 5, 2021, p. 1-15
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 23658, Date Accessed: 8/5/2021 1:26:09 AM

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  • Oren Pizmony-Levy
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    OREN PIZMONY-LEVY, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. Trained as a sociologist, his research focuses on global educational movements (GEMs) and schools. One line of research examines the rise of international large-scale assessments of student achievement (e.g., TIMSS and PISA) and public response to this movement. Currently, he co-leads a research-practice partnership with the New York City Department of Education to investigate and inform environmental and sustainability education in public schools.
  • Bob Lingard
    University of Queensland
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    BOB LINGARD, Ph.D., is a professorial fellow in the Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education at Australian Catholic University and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Queensland. He has published widely in the sociology of education and his most recent books include Globalisation and Education (Routledge, 2021) and Globalizing Educational Accountabilities (Routledge, 2016). He is the editor of the Routledge Book Series Key Ideas and Education, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and a former President of the Australian Association for Research in Education.
  • David Hursh
    University of Rochester
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    DAVID HURSH, Ph.D., is a professor of education at the Warner School of Education, University of Rochester. Over the last two decades, most of his research and writing has focused on how neoliberalism, by emphasizing markets, competition, and quantification, has undermined quality teaching and learning. He has also researched and written about sustainability and environmental health in the United States and Africa, which led to a year-long appointment as a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.
 
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