Is this really democratic?
Professor Micheal Apple
Understanding and Interrupting the Right in Education
At the Hunter Theatre on Tuesday, 5 November.
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As part of the University of Newcastle’s Public Lecture Series, Professor Michael Apple will present Is this really democratic? Understanding and interrupting the right in education.
Throughout the world, educational policies and practices are being proposed that are rhetorically committed to enhancing democracy and achievement. Choice, marketisation, competition, testing, and higher standards in curriculum and teaching will supposedly lead to lasting reform. Do they? By and large they seem to have very different effects, changing our understanding of democracy from “thick” to “thin” forms and leading to the production of inequalities. But there are more robust and more critically democratic alternatives from which we can learn a good deal.
Professor Michael Apple is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, USA. He teaches courses in curriculum theory, development, and research, and in the sociology of curriculum. His major interests lie in the relationship between culture and power in education and in democratising educational policy and practice.