Can Education Change Society?

Colloquium | November 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1102, Berkeley Way West (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

 Michael Apple, University of Wisconsin, Madison

 Graduate School of Education

Education has been a key arena in the struggles for democracy in many nations, yet a key question continues to be raised about whether education can actually change society.  I argue that this is a very limited question  and can lead to cynicism and quiescence.  Drawing on my analyses in Can Education Change Society? and The Struggle for Democracy in Education, I provide examples of the ways in which a number of policies and practices in education help demonstrate what we miss when we ask this question.  In the process, I detail a range of tasks in which the critical scholar/activist in education should engage.

About the Speaker. Michael W. Apple is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He also holds Distinguished Professor appointments at the University of Manchester and a number of other universities. A former elementary and secondary school teacher and past-president of a teachers union, he has worked with educational systems, governments, universities, unions, and activist and dissident groups throughout the world to democratize educational research, policy, and practice.

Professor Apple has written extensively on the politics of educational reform, on the relationship between culture and power, and on education for social justice. Among his most recent books are: Can Education Change Society?, The Struggle for Democracy in Education, and the new 4th edition of Ideology and Curriculum. His books and articles have won numerous awards and have been translated into many languages. Professor Apple has been selected as one of the fifty most important educational scholars in the 20th Century. His books Ideology and Curriculum and Official Knowledge were also selected as two of the most significant books on education in the 20th Century.