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Class War: The Privatization of Childhood
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Verso Books
Publication date September 8, 2015
Pages 230
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781781689486
ISBN-10 1781689482
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.60 lbs.
Original list price $16.95
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: What America has at stake when some children go to school hungry and others ride in $1,000 strollers

In an age of austerity, elite corporate education reformers have found new ways to transfer the costs of raising children from the state to individual families. Public schools, tasked with providing education, childcare, job training, meals, and social services to low-income children, struggle with cutbacks. Meanwhile, private schools promise to nurture the minds and personalities of future professionals to the tune of $40,000 a year. As Class War reveals, this situation didn’t happen by chance.

In the media, educational success is framed as a consequence of parental choices and natural abilities. In truth the wealthy are ever more able to secure advantages for their children, deepening the rifts between rich and poor. The longer these divisions persist, the worse the consequences.

Drawing on Erickson’s own experience as a teacher in the New York City school system, Class War reveals how modern education has become the real “hunger games,” stealing opportunity and hope from disadvantaged children for the benefit of the well-to-do.

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