America on the Edge — Politics, Culture, Education

28 02 2007

America on the Edge: Henry Giroux on Politics, Culture, and Education
reviewed by H. Svi Shapiro — January 29, 2007

“Giroux . . .has, I believe, correctly argued that we face today two
kinds of fundamentalism, each of which threaten democratic life.. .Such intolerance quickly becomes a license to suppress violently anything that appears to deviate or challenge the one right doctrine.

While education is considered in this book as just one part of his
larger analysis, he leaves us in no doubt as to its crucial
responsibility in breaking through the distortions, deceit, and
mystifications that pervade the dominant culture. . .”

(JJ’s note – and don’t miss how he ties in university sell-outs to child
beauty pageants!!)

Teachers College Record, Date Published: January
29, 2007 ID Number: 12938

Breaking News: Kids Bored in Class!

28 02 2007

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A majority of U.S. high school students say they get bored in class every day, and more than one out of five has considered dropping out, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

The survey of 81,000 students in 26 states found two-thirds of high school students complain of boredom, usually because the subject matter was irrelevant or their teachers didn’t seem to care about them.

“They’re not having those interactions, which we know are critical for student engagement with learning,” said Ethan Yazzie-Mintz, who led the annual survey by Indiana University researchers.

Half of the students surveyed said they had skipped school without a valid excuse at least once, and 22 percent said they had considered dropping out. More than half said they spent an hour or less per week reading and studying.

Yet, three of four students surveyed said they expected to earn a high school diploma and go on to college. . .

UPDATE – I just ferreted out the full study, see comments for link (and more comments!)