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September 09 2011


Slaughter, Sheila and Rhoades, Gary. (2004). Academic Capitalism and the New Economy: Markets, State and Higher Education. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Academic capitalism and the new economy - Google Books (complete)

- a book review:

- a pdf excerpt:

- also at pearltrees via
via The goose-step : a study of American education

The Goose-step: A Study of American Education is a book, published in 1923, by the American novelist and muckraking journalist Upton Sinclair. It is an investigation into the consequences of plutocratic capitalist control of American colleges and universities. Sinclair writes, “Our educational system is not a public service, but an instrument of special privilege; its purpose is not to further the welfare of mankind, but merely to keep America capitalist." (p. 18)

The book is one of the “Dead Hand” series: six books Sinclair wrote on American institutions. The series also includes The Profits of Religion, The Brass Check (journalism), The Goslings (elementary and high school education), Mammonart (great literature, art and music) and Money Writes! (literature). The term “Dead Hand” criticizes Adam Smith’s concept that allowing an "invisible hand" of capitalist greed to shape economic relations provides the best result for society as a whole. [source: WP]




(T)hese companies build the appearance of a “social network” to serve as the means by which all contexts and competencies of a social network may be controlled for profit and, whenever there is conflict between sociability and profit, sociability loses.

Ordinarily, this would not constitute a threat to sociability itself; after all, traditionally, this scheme of effort has been known by many names: country club, member-only society, etc; the places that striated a culture or society, mandate and maintain concepts such as “class” while working in opposition to concepts like “class mobility”. (This, mind, is a classic dynamic within humanity.)

However, for the first time in our history, we have companies whose technological presence and degree of proprietary involvement in our primary vehicle of global sociability combines with their fundamentally anti-social motivations result in “social networks” that appear to promote decimation of traditional modes and models of exclusion and the anti-social, and appear to support promotion of “social networks” as the means to do so but, in actuality, are promoting an entirely new era of classism by reshaping the criteria not only for admission to the social arena, but for consideration as being worthy of involvement in the social discourse at large.


On the nature of “social” and the reality of anti-social networks | BonnieNadri.Com - 2011-09-09
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Salman Amin 'Sal' Khan (Bengali: সালমান খান) is an American educator and founder of the Khan Academy, a free online education platform and not-for-profit organization. From a small office in his home, Khan has produced over 2400 videos elucidating a wide spectrum of academic subjects, mainly focusing on mathematics and the sciences. As of August 2011, "Khan Academy" had attracted more than 166,000 subscribers. [source WP]

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September 08 2011

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We have to call it school, a short film by Peggy Hughes filmed between 1972 and 1974 at Bagsvægd Ny Lilleskole, a free school near Copenhagen, Denmark. (via Caterina Fake)

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