Francyne Huckaby documents neoliberalism and school reform to bring her research to life.
Neoliberalism, as economic geographer David Harvey asserts in A Brief History of Neoliberalism (Oxford University Press, 2005), is the view that competition and market forces should dictate every corner of public life. The doctrine has thrived since the early 1970s. School funding and teacher pay based on standardized test scores, and the creation of charter schools and voucher systems in the name of freedom and parental choice are among the most talked-about neoliberal reform measures. But, Huckaby said, policies such as these have resulted in the marginalization and disempowerment of numerous communities and in schoolchildren being treated as if they are a market.Read full TCU Magazine story here