A Nation of Little Lebowski Urban Achievers

Erickson, Megan
Publisher:  Jacobin, USA
Year Published:  2012
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX13927

The religion of self-improvement is a way of redirecting criticisms or outrage from socio-economic structures back to the individual, imprisoning any reformist or revolutionary impulse within our own feelings of inadequacy – which is why the process of improving our nation’s schools has taken on the tone of a spiritual cleansing rather than a political reckoning. Now, instead of saying “our socioeconomic system is failing us,” an entire generation of children will learn to say, “I have failed myself.”

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