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Capitalizing on Disaster: Taking and Breaking Public Schools

reviewed by Richard D. Lakes - September 17, 2008

coverTitle: Capitalizing on Disaster: Taking and Breaking Public Schools
Author(s): Kenneth J. Saltman
Publisher: Paradigm Publishers, Boulder
ISBN: 1594513821, Pages: 184, Year: 2007
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Recently in a multicultural education class I assigned a Rethinking Schools publication by Bill Bigelow (2006) titled The line between us: Teaching about the border and Mexican immigration, that revealed how globalization has destroyed a way of life for thousands of rural peoples in the South. Independent farmers were driven off their lands through structural adjustment policies enforced by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, no longer able to earn a living since imported tariff-free American-grown corn was cheaper to buy than cultivation of the domestic varieties. Under the North American Free Trade Act, transnational corporations were encouraged to expand production in border town zones as well, with few if any regulatory labor and environmental controls, resulting in misery for maquiladora workers usually earning a daily sum equivalent to our hourly wage. Advocates of this style of free-market capitalism (termed neoliberals) demanded governmental cuts for funding of state-supported... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 17, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15379, Date Accessed: 9/23/2020 7:23:48 PM

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  • Richard Lakes
    Georgia State University
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    RICHARD D. LAKES is an associate professor in educational policy studies at Georgia State University, Atlanta. He authored, most recently, “Rescaling Vocational Education: Workforce Development in a Metropolitan Region,” forthcoming in The Urban Review.
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