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By Gary L. Anderson

During this well timed and critical new publication, Gary Anderson presents a devastating critique of why a managerial function for academic leaders is counterproductive, specifically for making improvements to possibilities for low-income scholars and scholars of colour, and in its place proposes methods of re-theorizing academic management to stress its advocacy position. Advocacy management lays out a post-reform time table that strikes past the neo-liberal, pageant framework to outline a brand new responsibility, a brand new pedagogy, and a brand new management function definition. Drawing on own narrative, discourse research, and interdisciplinary scholarship, Anderson grants a compelling argument for the necessity to circulation clear of present inauthentic and inequitable techniques to varsity reform for you to jump-start a talk approximately an alternate imaginative and prescient of schooling this present day.

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NCLB had widespread support among both political parties, and many conservatives and progressives shared former Secretary of Education, Rod Paige’s view that holding schools accountable through high-stakes testing and the disaggregation of test scores by race and SES is a way to advocate for children. In fact, the title No Child Left Behind was taken from a politically liberal child advocacy group, the Children’s Defense Fund, headed by Marian Wright Edelman. Some, even now, view the act as a form of advocacy and part of the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement.

Around 1980, the funders of CAP mandated a shift from college preparation to vocational training and our funding was severely cut. The CAP acronym stayed the same, but instead of College Adapter Program, we became Career Advancement Program. Instead of teaching English classes to prepare students for college, I began teaching business English. We prepared keypunch operators just as the job was becoming obsolete. At CAP we had worked hard to “pump up” students psychically for a future that included a college education.

As a political activist and veteran of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the anti-Vietnam war movement, I knew that the country was moving to the political right. New York City went bankrupt during this time, and while the financiers were bailed out, the city took a huge hit (Harvey, 2005). Nationally resources were being reallocated away from Great Society programs. This tendency culminated in Reagan’s massive tax cuts for corporations and individuals as part of a “revolution” that resulted in the most massive reallocation of wealth upward, the country had seen since the 1920s.

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