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Disability and the Politics of Education
Disability and the Politics of Education: An International Reader
By Susan L. Gabel and Scot Danforth
Disability and the Politics of Education: An International Reader is a rich resource that deals comprehensively with the many aspects of the complex topic of disability studies in education.
For nearly two decades, global attention has been given to education as a human right through global initiatives such as Education for All (EFA) and the Salamanca Statement. Yet according to UNESCO, reaching the goals of EFA remains one of the most daunting challenges facing the global community.
Today, millions of the world’s disabled children cannot obtain a basic childhood education, particularly in countries with limited resources. Even in the wealthiest countries, many disabled children and youth are educationally segregated from the non-disabled, particularly if they are labeled with significant cognitive impairment.
International agencies such as the United Nations and the World Bank have generated funds for educational development but, unfortunately, these funds are administered with the assumption that 'west is best', thereby urging developing countries to mimic educational policies in the United States and the United Kingdom in order to prove their aid-worthiness. This 'McDonaldization' of education reproduces the labeling, resource allocation, and social dynamics long criticized in disability studies.
The authors in this volume explore these subjects and other complexities of disability and the politics of education. In doing so, they demonstrate the importance and usefulness of international perspectives and comparative approaches.
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