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A Curriculum of Fear: Homeland Security in U.S. Public Schools

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780816698288
Author(s): Nicole Nguyen
Format: Paperback
Year: 2016
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Dimensions: 140 x 216 x 38 (w x l x h)
Pages: 296

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Welcome to Milton High School, where fear is a teacher s best tool and every student is a soldier in the war on terror. A struggling public school outside the nation s capital, Milton sat squarely at the center of two trends: growing fear of resurgent terrorism and mounting pressure to run schools as job training sites. In response, the school established a specialized Homeland Security program.'A Curriculum of Fear' takes us into Milton for a day-to-day look at how such a program works, what it means to students and staff, and what it says about the militarization of U.S. public schools and, more broadly, the state of public education in this country. Nicole Nguyen guides us through a curriculum of national security themed classes, electives, and internships designed through public-private partnerships with major defense contractors like Northrop Grumman and federal agencies like the NSA. She introduces us to students in the process of becoming a corps of diverse workers for the national security industry, learning to be vigilant citizens; and she shows us the everyday realities of a program intended to improve the school, revitalize the community, and eliminate the achievement gap.With reference to critical work on school militarization, neoliberal school reform, the impact of the global war on terror on everyday life, and the political uses of fear, ' A Curriculum of Fear' maps the contexts t
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