Public Time and Educated Hope: Educational Leadership and the War Against Youth

by Henry A. Giroux; Pennsylvania State University

Instead of providing a decent education to poor young people, American society offers them the growing potential of being incarcerated, buttressed by the fact that the U.S. is one of the few countries in the world that sentences minors to death and spends “three times more on each incarcerated citizen than on each public school pupil.” [3] Instead of guaranteeing them food, decent health care, and shelter, we serve them more standardized tests; instead of providing them with vibrant public spheres, we offer them a commercialized culture in which consumerism is the only obligation of citizenship.
[3] Heather Wokusch, “Leaving Our Children Behind,” Common Dreams News Center (July 8, 2002), available online at p. 1.

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