My good sister, Stephanie E., with whom I am reading Paulo Freire‘s Pedagogy of the Oppressed sent me this article yesterday on FB. It details what the situation that Henry Giroux has been talking about in such texts as Youth in a Suspect Society and Youth in Revolt.
Of all the lists I have put up here at Reason & Existenz, Bruce E. Levine’s catalog here linked is one that I find both most disturbing and most helpful. It is worth reading the whole article to see how the author details the eight reasons. I give you the actual list below, but I highly encourage each and every one of you to take a look.
As Millennials go forward into an unfolding future and as Builders, Boomers, and Gen-X continue to make decisions that determine that future, only in knowing of such factors can we overcome them.
Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. So it is a major coup for the ruling elite to have created societal institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance to domination.
Young Americans—even more so than older Americans—appear to have acquiesced to the idea that the corporatocracy can completely screw them and that they are helpless to do anything about it. A 2010 Gallup poll asked Americans “Do you think the Social Security system will be able to pay you a benefit when you retire?” Among 18- to 34-years-olds, 76 percent of them said no. Yet despite their lack of confidence in the availability of Social Security for them, few have demanded it be shored up by more fairly payroll-taxing the wealthy; most appear resigned to having more money deducted from their paychecks for Social Security, even though they don’t believe it will be around to benefit them.
1. Student-Loan Debt.
2. Psychopathologizing and Medicating Noncompliance.
3. Schools That Educate for Compliance and Not for Democracy.
4. “No Child Left Behind” and “Race to the Top.”
5. Shaming Young People Who Take Education—But Not Their Schooling—Seriously.
6. The Normalization of Surveillance.
8. Fundamentalist Religion and Fundamentalist Consumerism.
- Society of Control (keithwaynebrown.com)
- The Book of Life (keithwaynebrown.com)
- Ripping Off of Young America: The College Loan Scadal | Rolling Stones (keithwaynebrown.com)
- Letting-go Hateful Circumstance by the Naming of the World (keithwaynebrown.com)
- Logocentrism and the Unpreparedness of [Top] Students (keithwaynebrown.com)