Toward a New Common School Movement is a bold and urgent call to action.
The authors argue that corporate school reform in the United States represents a failed project subverted by profiteering, corruption, and educational inequalities.
Toward a New Common School Movement suggests that educational privatization and austerity are not simply bad policies but represent a broader redistribution of control over social life-that is, the enclosure of the global commons. This condition requires far more than a liberal defense of public schooling. It requires recovering elements of the radical progressive educational tradition while generating a new language of the common suitable to the unique challenges of the global era. Toward a New Common School Movement traces the history of struggles over public schooling in the United States and provides a set of ethical principles for enacting the commons in educational policy, finance, labor, curriculum, and pedagogy. Ultimately, it argues for global educational struggles in common for a just and sustainable future beyond the crises of neoliberalism and predatory capitalism.
1. Beyond the Failure of Neoliberal Schooling
2. From the Commons to the Common
3. A Brief History of Educational Conflict
4. The Dual Crisis of Neoliberalism and Progressive Education
5. Commoning Public Schooling
6. Toward a Pedagogy in Common
7. Globalization, the Common, and Curriculum
8. Steps Forward: Organization and Action
Coda: Common Movements