The coronavirus pandemic has brought about endless calls for systematic reform in education. But what sort of educational structure should we aim to reform?
With reform excitement in the air, I find it valuable to step back and think about the systems of education from a more critical viewpoint. It is in this perspective that I recommend three FreshEd episodes to help us think through our current moment. The first is a conversation with Leigh Patel who discusses the ways in which settler colonialism structures American society, including the academy. The second is a conversation with David Harvey who gives a Marxist critique of higher education. Finally, the third podcast is with Parfait Eloundou who discusses the assumption of meritocracy in education generally and the lack of a class analysis in the Sustainable Development Goals specifically. Together these three episodes show deep structures — colonialism, capitalism, and meritocracy — that will need to be overcome if any meaningful reform in education will result from coronavirus.
August, 15, 2020