In Against Schooling, Stanley Aronowitz passionately raises an alarm about the current state of education in our country. Discipline and control over students, Aronowitz argues, are now the primary criteria of success, and genuine learning is sacrificed to a new educational militarism. In an age where school districts have imposed testing, teachers must teach to test, and both teacher and student are robbed of their autonomy and creativity. The crisis extends to higher education, where all but a few elite institutions are becoming increasingly narrowly focused and vocational in their teaching. With education lacking opportunity for self-reflection on broad social and historical dynamics, Against Schooling asks "How will society be able to solve its most pressing problems?" Aronowitz proposes innovative approaches to get schools back on track..

part I|58 pages

Education and Social Class

chapter 1|12 pages

How Class Works in Education: A Memoir

chapter 3|8 pages

The World Turned Upside Down—Again

part II|90 pages

Higher Education or Higher Training?

chapter 4|16 pages

Higher Education as a Public Good

chapter 5|21 pages

Subaltern in Paradise

chapter 8|10 pages

The Decline of Labor Education

part II|31 pages

Toward Educational Renewal

chapter 9|9 pages

Gramsci and Education

chapter 10|19 pages

Paulo Freire’s Radical Democratic Humanism