© 2016

Reclaiming Education

Moving Beyond the Culture of Reform


Part of the New Frontiers in Education, Culture and Politics book series (NFECP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Ron Scapp
    Pages 1-19
  3. Ron Scapp
    Pages 21-34
  4. Ron Scapp
    Pages 35-49
  5. Ron Scapp
    Pages 51-65
  6. Ron Scapp
    Pages 105-126
  7. Ron Scapp
    Pages 127-149
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 151-172

About this book


This book is an appeal to those directly and indirectly involved in education reform to reconsider the very nature of education as a process of transformation and not, as the neoliberal corporate model insists upon, as a “product.” By using Paulo Freire’s fundamental principle of understanding “education as the  practice of freedom,” and expanding upon it with bell hooks’ own spiritual understanding of that principle, this book offers readers the opportunity to rethink what education is, and what it is not.  Utilizing the work of diverse thinkers and critics, the book lays out a criticism of neoliberalism’s profound influence on education reform and our culture generally. It reaffirms the political and ethical import of education for individuals and for our nation as a whole.


Education democracy reform neoliberalism the market freedom information knowledge racism teacher quality high-stake testing social conservatism Paulo Freire bell hooks Henry A. Giroux Stanley Aronowitz culture curriculum education evaluation philosophy policy quality school social science society sociology vocational education

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Teacher EducationCollege of Mount Saint Vincent Department of Teacher EducationRiverdaleUSA

About the authors

Ron Scapp is Founding Director of the Graduate Program in Urban and Multicultural Education at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, USA, where he is also Professor of Humanities and Teacher Education. He is author and editor of numerous books on education, politics and culture. He is Fellow at the National Education Policy Center and former President of the National Association for Ethnic Studies.

Bibliographic information


Praise to come.

“Are American professors too immersed in the arcana of their subjects and the advancement of their professional lives to give a thought to teaching?  Not Ron Scapp.  He’s written a clear, thoughtful, humane, and generous manifesto about what we need to do to make American education worthy of our students and of the nation’s best promise.  A splendid book.” (Mark Edmundson, Professor of English, University of Virginia, USA )

“This book is perfectly suited to reclaiming education as a public good outside of the tepid if not disingenuous language of educational reform now used by conservatives, the financial elite, and hedge fund managers.  Thoughtful and full of crucial insights, this book is hopeful regarding what it means to once again connect education with critical thought, social and economic justice, and democracy itself. This is a must read book for anyone concerned about the right-wing attacks waged against education and what it might mean to resist such attacks.” (Henry Giroux, Professor of English and Cultural Studies and Global TV Network Chair in Communications, McMaster University, Canada )