chapter  3
24 Pages

Alignments: education and the new capitalism

WithJames Paul Gee, Glynda Hull, Colin Lankshear

This chapter discusses a larger story regarding business themes and its impact on current ideas about learning, knowledge, and school reform. It then presents the implications for critiques of capitalism. There is a growing alignment between the business world in the new capitalism and various non-business spheres of interest, including schools and academic disciplines promoting school reform efforts. The chapter looks at specific alignments between the new capitalism and another sphere of interest, such as: schools and the science that 'supervises' them. It shows the ways in which cognitive science is coming to produce 'new minds' better attuned to the interests of the new capitalism. In communities of practice, whether in classrooms or new-capitalist workplaces, people develop 'tacit knowledge'. The core participant structures in Ann Brown and Joseph Campione's classrooms are essentially collaborative and dialogical because: Dialogues provide the format for novices to adopt the discourse structure, goals, values, and belief systems of scientific practice.