School Reform and the Pitfalls of Techno-Idealism
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He traces the complex processes by which idealistic tech-reform perennially takes root, unsettles the worlds into which it intervenes, and eventually stabilizes in ways that remake and extend many of the social predicaments reformers hope to fix. Sims offers a nuanced look at the roles that powerful elites, experts, the media, and the intended beneficiaries of reform--in this case, the students and their parents--play in perpetuating the cycle. Disruptive Fixation offers a timely examination of techno-philanthropism and the yearnings and dilemmas it seeks to address, revealing what failed interventions do manage to accomplish--and for whom.
Acknowledgments xi Preface xiii 1 Introduction 1 2 Cycles of Disruptive Fixation 24 3 Spatial Fixations 56 4 Pedagogic Fixations 87 5 Amenable and Fixable Subjects 111 6 Community Fixations 139 7 Conclusion: The Resilience of Techno-Idealism 163 Appendix Ethnographic Fixations 179 Notes 185 References 195 Index 207