Consumerism in Education: Not Having it "Our Way" Analytical Essay by mmahon

Consumerism in Education: Not Having it "Our Way"
A discussion of how consumer mentality has affected our educational system, with the suggestion that democratizing education is the most effective way to change this trend.
# 128675 | 1,065 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 03, 2010 in Education (Social Issues) , Education (Theory) , Sociology (Media and Society)


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Description:

This paper discusses the topic of consumerism in education, through the lens of educator Ernesto Cortes Jr.'s essay "Quality Education as a Civil Right: Reflections." Citing other pertinent essays as well, the paper posits that education is the foundation necessary to sustain our democracy and modern civilization, and the presence of consumerism in education is misdirected. The paper explains that consumerism has infiltrated every aspect of our lives, and that in order to restore quality and value to education, education should be government-subsidized and available to all. The paper concludes that this is the first step we must take if we are to teach future generations that having it "our way" may very well be the wrong way.

Outline:
Consumerization and Faculty
How to Effect Change
Works Cited

From the Paper:

"This passivity is also alarming to author Daniel Bruno and to educators and parents across the nation. Educator Ernesto Cortes writes that education "is the foundation necessary to sustain our democracy and modern civilization. Without the capacity to engage, question, argue, interpret, and contextualize experiences and encounters, authority is left unchallenged and individuals are left open to misdirection - which leaves them prey to the demagogues of hate" (93). Cortes, like Benlow and Bruno, sees an increase in passive approaches to knowledge, and a decrease in initiative and forward movement."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Benlow, Simon. "'Have It Your Way': Consumerism Invades Education." Mauk and Metz, Chapter 5. Print.
  • Bruno, Daniel. "Entitlement Education." Mauk and Metz, Chapter 8. Print.
  • Cortes, Ernesto Jr. "Quality Education as a Civil Right: Reflections." Quality Education as a Constitutional Right. Ed. Theresa Perry, Robert P. Moses, Joan T. Wynne, Ernest Cortes Jr., and Lisa Delpit. Boston: Beacon Press, 2010. 93-105. Print.
  • Mauk, John, and John Metz. The Composition of Everday Life: A Guide to Writing. Wadsworth, 2006. Print.

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Consumerism in Education: Not Having it "Our Way" (2010, August 03) Retrieved November 27, 2014, from http://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/consumerism-in-education-not-having-it-our-way-128675/

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