“Without Hope, There is No Political Agency” with guest Dr. Henry Giroux

In our fifth episode of Public Good, Shannon and Stephen are joined by Dr. Henry Giroux.

Dr. Henry A. Giroux (@HenryGiroux) currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department and is the Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar in Critical Pedagogy. He has published more than 65 books on critical pedagogy, cultural criticism and educational theory. His two most recent books are: Race, Politics, and Pandemic Pedagogy & Pedagogy of Resistance: Against Manufactured Ignorance. For a full outline of his work: https://www.henryagiroux.com

In this episode, we ask Dr. Giroux about his use of the terms neoliberal fascism and gangster capitalism, and the impact each has had on the public imagination and notions of the public good. Through this interview, Dr. Giroux shares his thoughts on “patriotic education”, attacks on teachers and teacher unions, and the current war on youth. This is a riveting interview that offers incredible insights about trends and patterns in the broader educational landscape. The interview importantly ends with hope– “without hope, there is no political agency”.

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Shannon D. M. Moore
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba

Shannon D.M. Moore is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at The University of Manitoba. Prior to joining the faculty, Shannon was a social studies and English teacher in the public school system in British Columbia for 19 years.

Shannon is a public education advocate, and a founding member of People for Public Education Manitoba (@PublicEdMB).

Moore’s research interests include media and digital literacies in the social studies classroom, the impacts of online learning on teachers and teaching, and the impacts of neoliberalism on public education.

Stephen Hurley
Founder & Chief Catalyst, voicEd Radio Canada

Stephen Hurley has spent nearly 40 years as an educator. He has experience as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, a teacher educator and a policy observer.

He has a strong relationship with the EdCan Network (formerly the Canadian Education Association), an organization that inspired the launch and evolution of voicEd Radio Canada.

Hurley believes that stronger connections between education research, practice and policy are essential to the type of change that will be necessary in Canada's public education systems moving forward.