Talks by Giroux on Neoliberalism and Education

Henry Giroux is one of the theorists of critical pedagogy and a cultural critic. I like both of his talks below but you might want to watch this first and then if you would like to hear more from him, watch this one next.

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8 Responses to “Talks by Giroux on Neoliberalism and Education

  • Xinxin Liu
    1 month ago

    1. I like how Henry Giroux explained “war on the youth”.
    2. I have never thought the American prison population is so high as shown in the video.
    3. Think about responsibilities collectively before freedom in the time of neoliberalism may dismantle many injustices in society.

  • Maya Sykes
    4 weeks ago

    In the first video with Henry Giroux, I enjoyed his breakdown of neoliberalism and the war on youth. Beforehand, I had an ill-informed understanding of neoliberalism. I thought it was the opposite of how Giroux explained it. But now, I understand it is a critique of current democracy. His explanation of hard war and the soft war on youth makes sense and reminds me of how most of my students while working with City Year wanted to be youtube influencers. In the second video, I was surprised that he thought education kills imagination because I thought the opposite. Education could lead to more creations and imaginative solutions. Also, his statements of neutrality interest me because I wonder how id it different for Switzerland because I know the country refrains from taking sides and getting involves with many conflicts.

  • Miranda Doremus- Reznor
    4 weeks ago

    Agreed Maya! I thought his definition of neoliberalism was very clear. The heart of neoliberalism is the idea that “the essence of democracy is about making money,” as Giroux explains. Anyone who doesn’t contribute substantially to that is not valued and is a waste in this mindset.

  • Mia Dunfey
    4 weeks ago

    In the first video, I liked that he pointed to this sense of “rabid individualism” that makes people responsible for their own fate but excludes the larger structures that created certain conditions. This relates to some of what we talked about last week that once people climb the ladder, they do not look back. They focus on their individual efforts instead of acknowledging structures or people that might have helped them, creating an idea of “if I can do it, then you can do it”.

  • Rebecca Jot
    4 weeks ago

    Mia, the expression ‘rabid individualism’ jumped out at me, too. The other comments that really struck home here for me are:
    “Economics divorced from ethics now drives politics”
    “Kids as commodities”
    and his call for intersectionality or as he says, “broad-based social movements”.
    I’m also interested to look into the Idle No More movement as I’d not heard of it.

  • Oliver Block
    4 weeks ago

    Henry Giroux’s main point is the essence of what divides America and, historically, has always divided America: the concept of individualism, (he uses the phrase ‘rabid’ individualism for dramatic effect I think) vs a government that provides for individuals. In today’s political environment the banner is loosely carried by the democratic (government to protect individuals) and republican (individualism) parties. In the short clip the editing left us to assume he is most critical of Republicans as they are specifically mentioned in a negative way. In current times, despite the win for Joe Biden, the fact that 70 million citizens voted for Trump is a harbinger that this divide will continue.

  • Joshua Nesmith
    3 weeks ago

    I think Henry Giroux outlines neoliberalism very well. This is a short video but within the first couple of minutes, the frameworks displayed demonstrate that neoliberalism is rooted around finical capital gains. There is a huge financial and educational disparity between populations and varying loci. As mentioned in a previous comment, educational programs are fighting to gain business gains and the investments are allocated in the wrong sector. As Henry states, minoritized students and individuals are viewed as disposable entities in the search for test results or finical gains and this is a major problem.

    Here is an article which discusses more about students being viewed as disposable and how it is related to language learning.
    In a World of Disposable Students: The Humanizing Elements of Border Pedagogy in Teacher Education by Reynaldo Reyes III

  • keyue Song
    2 weeks ago

    The term that most impressive to me in the video is “disposable population”, which refers to the people with social lower classes and social capital in politics, economic, and/or culture. This definition reminds me of all the silent majority in history that have been anonymous and forgotten. Under neoliberalism, when everything is commodified, the disposable population would gradually lose their chance for social class mobility.

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