The Global Assault on Teaching, Teachers, and their Unions Stories for Resistance

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  • Copyright: 2008-03-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Public education's character is increasingly under assault as privatization of education is advanced. This collection of essays by noted scholars, teacher activists, and teacher's union leaders from around the world fuses insights with background and analysis to make real the goal of quality education for all the world's children.

Author Biography

Mary Compton is Past President of the UK National Union of Teachers, the largest teacher union in Europe. She is a practicing classroom teacher of modern languages and English as well as a trade union activist. She is a prolific speaker and writer on issues affecting teachers, in particular on the need to fight back against the neo-liberal agenda for education, which is the subject of this volume.

Lois Weiner is an internationally known researcher on urban teacher education who teaches education at New Jersey City University. Her first book, Preparing Teachers for Urban Schools, won an award for distinguished scholarship from the American Educational Research Association. Her book of advice, Urban Teaching: The Essentials, is used in programs of teacher education throughout the US. Weiner is the author of dozens of articles on educational topics, in scholarly publications and magazines and newspapers.


Table of Contents

Neo-Liberalism, Teachers, and Teaching: Understanding the Assault: Introduction
Neo-Liberalism’s Global Footprint: Education Reform under Strangulation
Teaching for the Factory: Neo-Liberalism in Mexican Education
Neo-Liberal Education in Denmark
University of the West Indies and GATS
The Education World is Not Flat: Neo-Liberalism’s Global Project and Teacher Unions’ Transnational Resistance
The Need for Unions to Defend Public Education: Teachers and their Unions: Why Social Class 'Counts,'
Campaign Against the Opening of City Academies in England
An Inner-City Public School Teacher’s Story from China
What Teachers Want from their Unions: What We Know from Research
Challenging Neo-Liberalism: Education Unions in Australia
Teaching, a Profession under Attack: Contradictions and Tensions in the Place of Teachers in Educational Reform: Reflections Upon the Role of Teachers in Recent Educational Reforms in the U.S. and Namibia
Universalization of Elementary Education in India: A Dream Deferred is a Dream Denied
Educational Restructuring, Democratic Education, and Teachers
Neo-Liberalism, Inequality, and Teacher Unions: Sodexho in the Chicago Public Schools
Homophobia in St. Lucian Schools: A Perspective from a Select Group of Teachers
Work on Aboriginal Education in a Social Justice Union: Reflections from the Inside
South African Teachers and Social Movements: Old and New
Schooling and Class in Germany: An Interview with Eberhardt Brand and Susanne Gondermann, of the Gewerkschaft fuer Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW)
Education or Mind Infection?
Going on the Offensive: Interview with Thulas Nxesi, President of the Education International
The Context of Teachers’ Democratic Movements in Mexico
In Mexico, to Defend Education as a Social Right, We Must Fight for Union Democracy
A History of the Search for Teacher Unity in South Africa
British Teacher Unions and the Blair Government–Anatomy of an Abusive Relationship
Building the International Movement We Need: Why a Consistent Defense of Democracy is Essential
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