Our educational system is in turmoil. Many would argue that it has been assaulted and oversimplified by the right. There is growing concern that we are becoming a liberal nation-state with an increasingly anti-liberal population and an electorate that is disinterested in politics. In this globalized world, the power of capital is so great that opposition to it is often discouraged and disheartened, leaving many citizens few political precepts by which to consider their institutions. This contemporary failure of vision has opened the way for the unimpeded return of the philosophy of the free market. As a result, social and educational policies are debated almost solely in terms of how they fit with the needs of the market. Social and ethical understandings are replaced by a failed ecomic theory that requires a radical constraint of our political and ecomic choices. Compassion for the poor, the market lets us kw, is wrong-headed because any interference with the labor market will always result in unfortunate ecomic and social consequences. Moral issues are eclipsed by market needs. In Critical Pedagogy: Where Are We Now? the contributors discuss how the field of critical pedagogy should respond to such dire conditions in a way that is theoretically savvy and visionary, while concurrently contributing to the struggle to improve the lives of those most hurt by them. Critical Pedagogy is essential reading for every classroom teacher and pre-service teacher. It is also a valuable tool for use in undergraduate and graduate-level classrooms.
The Editors: Peter McLaren, a professor at UCLA, is one of the earliest proponents of critical pedagogy. His publications, research, and teaching focus on critical theory, post-colonialism, critical pedagogy, and cultural studies. Joe L. Kincheloe is the Canada Research Chair at McGill University and the founder of The Paulo and Nita Freire International Project for Critical Pedagogy. He is the author of many books on cultural studies, critical pedagogy, and cognition.