Kevin Kumashiro – The People With the Least Resources Are Now Shouldering the Greatest Burden

Link to an interview with Kevin Kumashiro, conducted by Janine Jackson:

“The People With the Least Resources Are Now Shouldering the Greatest Burden”


Bonus links: Pedagogy of the OppressedRichard Shaull Quote, Democracy and Education, The Higher Learning in America, “‘They’ve Been Doing This Massive, Anti-Democratic Model of Education Reform’: CounterSpin Interview with Wayne Au on Gates’ Educational Failure,” “Could Student Loans Lead to Debt Prison? The Handwriting on the Wall,” “Student Loans, The Indentured Servitude of the 21st Century,” “A Closer Look at Income and Race Concentration in Public Schools,” “The Left Hand and the Right Hand of the State,” “The Slow Death of the University,” and “Red Diaper Babies”

Peter Greene – Winners Take All, Education Edition

Link to a review by Peter Greene of Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World (2018) by Anand Giridharadas:

“Winners Take All, Education Edition”


Bonus links: “Social Service or Social Change?” and “Education, Jobs and Capitalism” and Summary of Dupuy on Social Hierarchy and Slavoj Žižek On Political Struggle and “Democracy Is the Enemy” and Oscar Wilde Quote and Review of The New Prophets of Capital and Critique of Cynical Reason and “Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas Review – Superb Hate-reading”

David Forbes – Mindfulness Versus McMindfulness

Link to an interview with David Forbes conducted by Eleanor J. Bader:

“Mindfulness Versus McMindfulness: A Conversation with David Forbes”


Bonus links: “Social Service or Social Change?” and Pedagogy of the Oppressed and “Making Greater Possibilities Inconceivable” and “How Mindfulness Morphed from Ancient Spiritual Practice to Big Business” and Alain Badiou Quote

Gerald Coles – Education, Jobs and Capitalism

Link to an excerpt from the book Miseducating for the Global Economy: How Corporate Power Damages Education and Subverts Students’ Futures (2018) by Gerald Coles:

“Education, Jobs and Capitalism”


In Lars Lih‘s excellent biographical study of V.I. Lenin, he noted how Lenin’s parents were involved in education and were frustrated that the tsarist autocracy in Russia prevented education (and widespread literacy) in order to constrain the expectations of citizens, in order to maintain the extreme inequality that prevailed under tsarism.  When Lenin and the Bolsheviks came to power, reforms were swiftly instituted that resulted in historically unprecedented advances in literacy and education more generally.  It was not a matter of pedagogical impediments to expanding literacy, or a lack of a notion to improve education and literacy, it was that the education system was subordinated to the maintenance of a particular socioeconomic hierarchy.  What was needed was a shift in who held power, and the ideologies of those people, and Coles’ book excerpt makes that point abundantly clear.  Capitalists simply disavow their real motivations.


Bonus links: “The Tech Education Con” and Pedagogy of the Oppressed and “Red Diaper Babies” and Democracy and Education and The Higher Learning in America and …And the Poor Get Prison and The Scapegoat

Matthew Stewart – The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy

Link to an article by Matthew Stewart:

“The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy”


It is worth noting that the discussion of “tax expenditures” in this article is confused, as explained by economists in the MMT school of thought.


Bonus Links: Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs, The Theory of the Leisure Class, Democracy and Education, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, The Trouble With Diversity, The Social Structures of the Economy, “Extreme Cities,” …And the Poor Get Prison, “The Myth of Populism,” “Social Service or Social Change?,” “The Revolt of the Salaried Bourgeoisie”