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Class War : The Privatization of Childhood

Erickson, Megan
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Verso Books
Published: September 8, 2015
ISBN: 9781781689486
240 pages

£8.99

What is at stake when some American children go to school hungry and others go to school in $1,000 Bugaboo strollers? Class War argues that under free market capitalism, life paths prescribed by class but framed as parental choices–public or private? Gifted & Talented, general or special education?–segregate American children from birth through adolescence, and into adulthood, as never before. In an age of austerity, an elite class of corporate education reformers has found new ways to transfer the costs of raising children to families. Examining three New York City schools, Class War show how education has been transformed into a competitive “hunger games” for the resources and social connections required for economic success.

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