A Modest Proposal Reimagined—Hope, Utopian Pedagogies, and Higher Education
by Jeanne Marie Iorio & Clifton Tanabe - December 10, 2015
As previous classroom teachers and now faculty and administration in higher education, we spend time teaching, researching, writing, influencing (at least attempting to), and implementing educational policy and practices. Braced by our experiences as educators and our commitments to the principles of justice and equity we highlight the often odd and irrational approaches to addressing the woes of education plaguing the United States. Framed by Swift (1729) and his infamous A Modest Proposal where he suggests the poor sell their children to the rich and privileged as food, we look at the absurdity of recent educational policy and practice and wonder, facetiously, if this same absurdity has been the inspiration for much of the current construct of the K-12 education system and what our role in higher education is to counteract absurdity.
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