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The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism: 20th Anniversary Edition - Daniel Bell. Karl Marx – Alienation and Commodity Fetishism in Social Media. Spring 2011 R&C – Political Economy When one thinks of the political economy of Marx, social media is probably not high on the scale of relevancy.

Karl Marx – Alienation and Commodity Fetishism in Social Media

Indeed, what likely comes to mind is a sepia-toned depiction of laborers slaving away their lives under a ruthless capitalist in a gritty turn of the century factory. Post colonialism. Gender and Queer Theory « The Virtual Theorist. Any guide to gender simply has to contain at least a gesture towards both feminism and queer theory.

Gender and Queer Theory « The Virtual Theorist

Understanding power for social change. The idea of a ‘third face of power’, or ‘invisible power’ has its roots partly, in Marxist thinking about the pervasive power of ideology, values and beliefs in reproducing class relations and concealing contradictions (Heywood, 1994: 100).

Understanding power for social change

Marx recognised that economic exploitation was not the only driver behind capitalism, and that the system was reinforced by a dominance of ruling class ideas and values – leading to Engels’s famous concern that ‘false consciousness’ would keep the working class from recognising and rejecting their oppression (Heywood, 1994: 85). How the language you speak changes your view of the world - Science - News - The Independent. Bilinguals get all the perks.

How the language you speak changes your view of the world - Science - News - The Independent

Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also view the world in different ways depending on the specific language they are operating in. The past 15 years have witnessed an overwhelming amount of research on the bilingual mind, with the majority of the evidence pointing to the tangible advantages of using more than one language. Going back and forth between languages appears to be a kind of brain training, pushing your brain to be flexible. Just as regular exercise gives your body some biological benefits, mentally controlling two or more languages gives your brain cognitive benefits.

Germans know where they’re going In research we recently published in Psychological Science, we studied German-English bilinguals and monolinguals to find out how different language patterns affected how they reacted in experiments. Switch languages, change perspective. Early Frankfurt School. Neo Liberalism. (post-)Marx(ism) Critical Pedagogy on the Web: Paulo Freire. Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, perhaps best known for his influential text Pedagogy of the Oppressed , was born on September 19, 1921 in Recife, a port city on Brazil's northeastern coast.

Although he was born into a middle class household, his family was severely impacted by the Great Depression, ushering him into the ranks of those who know what it's like to go hungry. Freire recalled that poverty and hunger severely affected his ability to learn and ultimately influenced his decision to dedicate his life to improving the lives of the poor: "I didn't understand anything because of my hunger. I wasn't dumb. It wasn't lack of interest. My social condition didn't allow me to have an education. Freire's family's financial situation eventually improved enough for him to enroll at the University of Recife, where he earned a law degree. The Brazilian government ultimately invited Freire to return from his 15 years of exile. English Language Publications Extension o comunicacion? Paulo Freire Institute, UCLA. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Black students and the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’

America Tonight On the day of the arrests, Jahbriel Morris was waiting at the bus with friends.

Black students and the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’

When the water balloon fight began, Morris said he was running away from the ones being thrown in his direction. Soon, a police officer ran up behind him — a “really big guy,” Morris recalled. Georgia Education News & Headlines. GA Dept of Education (@GaDOEnews) University System of Georgia. Georgia Southern University. 8 Things You Should Know About Corporations Like Pearson that Make Huge Profits from Standardized Tests. Photo Credit: Von Seggern August 6, 2013 | Like this article?

8 Things You Should Know About Corporations Like Pearson that Make Huge Profits from Standardized Tests

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. A few months ago, fourth-grader Joey Furlong was lying in a hospital bed, undergoing a pre-brain surgery screening, when a teacher walked in the room with a standardized test. Joey’s mother, Tami Furlong, later said, “I would like to hope she would not have taken his arm that has an IV and oximeter on it and put a No. 2 pencil in it.”

Joey’s story serves as one example of just how absurdly enforced standardized testing has become. Barack Obama’s $500 million competitive grant program Race to the Top, enacted in 2009, chiefly inspired school districts to give more tests. In order to execute these policies that significantly expanded testing, school districts needed test providers. Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing. You hear a lot nowadays about the magic of big data.

Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing

Getting hold of the right numbers can increase revenue, improve decision-making, or help you find a mate—or so the thinking goes. In 2009, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a crowd of education researchers: “I am a deep believer in the power of data to drive our decisions. School Psychology. 616.8581 Personality Disorders. Adolescent Psychology. Child Psychology. National Association of School Psychologists.