A war is being waged on today’s younger generation, pillaging everything they have to offer, in deference to a rabid model of market fundamentalism and neoliberalism.
The hybridized concept of “manchild” marks a space in which innocence is lost and childhood stolen.
The other America is the at times glitzy, often gaudy world of rampant commodification and sexualization.
While “post-racial” may mean less overt racism, the idea that we have moved into a post-racial period in American history is an act of willful denial and ignorance.
The potential for lucrative profits to be made off the spending habits and economic influence of kids has certainly not been lost on Disney.
Young people in the US face a fragile quality of life.
How is it possible to imagine a more equitable transformation in government and economics without a simultaneous transformation in culture, consciousness, social identities and values?
Unless Duncan is willing to reinvent himself, the national agenda he will develop for education will leave a lot more kids behind than it helps.
Academic Chronis Polychroniou interviews Henry Giroux, a professor in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University.