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Neoliberalism is a contagious disease

June 14th, 2008 · No Comments

What country do you think the following Giroux’s article on education purports to describe? The U.S.?, Indonesia? or both?

peasant.jpgIn keeping with the progressive impoverishment of politics and public life over the past two decades, the university is increasingly transformed into a training ground for corporate interests and, hence, receding from its role as a public sphere in which youth can become the critical citizens and democratic agents necessary to nourish a socially responsible future. Strapped for money and increasinghly defined in the language of corporate culture, many universities are now modeled after the wisdom of the business world and seems less interested in higher learning than in becoming licensed storefronts for brand-name corporations — selling of space buildings, and research programs to rich corporate donors. As higher education is corporatized, young people find themselves on campuses that look like malls . . .. . . . As higher education increasingly becomes a privilege rather than a right, many working-class youth either find it financially impossible to enter college or, because of increased cost, have drop out.
Not surprisingly, students are now referred to as “customers,” while some university presidents even argue that professors should be labeled “academic entrepreneours”. College presidents are now often called CEOs and have come to be known less for their intellectual leadership than for their role as fund-raisers and their ability to bridge the worlds of academe and business. What was once the hidden curriculum of many universities — the subordination of higher education to capital — has now become an open and much-celebrated policy of both public and private higher education.
(Giroux, Henry A, Against the Terror of Neoliberalism: Politics Beyond the Age of Greed. London, Boulder: Paradigm Publishers. 2008, pp.102-103).

Though Giroux’s articles refers more to the situation in US higher educational institutions, but I tend to see that it applies to our country as well. Well, neoliberalism is indeed a contagious disease — and its diffusion is made possible by neoliberalism ideology which was planted in our heads.

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