Rethinking Education

Rethinking Education

Whose Knowledge Is It Anyway?

By Adam Unwin and John Yandell



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What is knowledge? Who decides what is important? Who owns it? These key questions are central themes in this accessible book that aims to change perceptions and the understanding of education. Using historical and contemporary examples the authors examine the motivations, conflicts, and contradictions in education. Breaking down the structures, forces, and technologies involved in education they chart an alternative approach.

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These short books supply us with clear, well-written and memorable analyses that cut to the chase.

– Susan George, President of the Board, Transnational Institute


1 What is the point of school?
2 How we learn—in and out of school
3 Technology is the question, not the answer
4 Knowledge, curriculum and control
5 Instituting difference: how schools reproduce inequality
6 Neoliberalism: education as commodity
7 Another education is possible