By Michael W. Apple
The country and the Politics of data extends the insightful arguments Michael Apple supplied in teaching the "Right" method in new and really overseas instructions. Arguing that education is, through definition, political, Apple and his co-authors circulate past a severe research to explain quite a few methods of interrupting dominance and growing actually democratic and reasonable possible choices to the methods markets, criteria, trying out, and a constrained imaginative and prescient of faith are actually being pressed into colleges.
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5 Education is not immune to this process. This is part of a much longer history in which the state, through its bureaucratic administration, seeks to keep the “interests of education” not only from the control of elites but also from the influence of populist impulses from below (Curtis, 1992, p. 172). This is crucial to the story we are telling here. Bureaucratic systems have substance. Emile Durkheim recognized a century ago that efficiency “is an ethical construct, one whose adoption involves a moral and political choice” (quoted in Curtis, 1992, p.
172). This is crucial to the story we are telling here. Bureaucratic systems have substance. Emile Durkheim recognized a century ago that efficiency “is an ethical construct, one whose adoption involves a moral and political choice” (quoted in Curtis, 1992, p. 175). The institutionalization of efficiency as a dominant bureaucratic norm is not a neutral technical matter. It is, profoundly, an instance of cultural power relations (Curtis, 1992). No bureaucracy can function well unless those who interact with it “adopt specific attitudes, habits, beliefs, and orientations” “Proper” attitudes toward authority, “appropriate” beliefs about the legitimacy of expertise, willingness to follow all the “necessary” rules and procedures— these are crucial to the maintenance of power (Curtis, 1992, p.
There are many texts available. To make it more likely that a particular textbook will be chosen, inducements are often offered by publishers. The amount of “free” materials, for instance, given to school districts by a publisher is often considerable. This is common practice among publishers, since textbook publishing is a highly competitive enterprise (see Apple, 1986, especially pp. 81–105). In the case of Citrus Valley, the “gift” of such materials seemed to have an impact on the choice. Citrus Valley began processing a new language-arts textbook series in the 1988-to-1989 school year.
The State and the Politics of Knowledge by Michael W. Apple