By Nicole Nguyen
Welcome to Milton highschool, the place worry is a teacher’s top device and each pupil is a soldier within the battle on terror. A suffering public university outdoor the nation’s capital, Milton sat squarely on the middle of 2 developments: growing to be worry of resurgent terrorism and mounting strain to run colleges as task education websites. In reaction, the varsity proven a really expert fatherland protection program.
A Curriculum of Fear takes us into Milton for a daily examine how any such software works, what it potential to scholars and employees, and what it says concerning the militarization of U.S. public faculties and, extra generally, the kingdom of public schooling during this nation. Nicole Nguyen courses us via a curriculum of nationwide security–themed sessions, electives, and internships designed via public-private partnerships with significant protection contractors like Northrop Grumman and federal organizations just like the NSA. She introduces us to scholars within the technique of turning into a corps of “diverse staff” for the nationwide safety undefined, studying to be “vigilant” electorate; and he or she indicates us the standard realities of a application meant to enhance the varsity, revitalize the group, and get rid of the fulfillment gap.
With connection with serious paintings on tuition militarization, neoliberal university reform, the influence of the worldwide warfare on terror on daily life, and the political makes use of of fear, A Curriculum of Fear maps the contexts that gave upward thrust to Milton’s place of birth protection software and its attractiveness. eventually, because the first ethnography of this sort of software, the e-book presents a hectic shut come across with the hot basic imposed by way of the worldwide struggle on terror—a college instantaneously lower than siege and actively getting ready for the siege itself.
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