Changing Classes: School Reform and the New Economy by Martin Packer

By Martin Packer

Altering sessions tells the tale of Willow Run, a small, terrible, ethnically-mixed city in Michigan's rust belt, a group in turmoil over the introduced last of a close-by vehicle meeting plant. As lecturers and directors started to locate how you can make education extra suitable to working-class youngsters, large-scale tuition reform tasks swept into city: the Governor's "market-place" reforms and the nationwide technology Foundation's "state systemic initiative." opposed to the backdrop of a post-fordist economic climate, the writer indicates advanced linkages at paintings as society buildings the improvement of kids to maturity.

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That too was a bitter winter. In mid-January temperatures dropped to minus 23 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In his State of the State address on January 21, in a speech entitled "Continuing Change to Build a Stronger Michigan," Governor Engler focused on Willow Run to illustrate his central point that change was everywhere. "What seemed certain - is now changing. " The "Taxpayers Agenda" Engler had begun the previous year "lower taxes, more jobs, better schools and less dependence" - must Blue Monday 25 continue.

The color photo below the headline shows a woman holding a young child on her hip. She looks stunned, staring into the distance with a hand pressed to her face. Her child gazes up at her with a worried expression, his mouth gaping, his hand a fist pressed to the side of his head. They are dressed in colorful winter clothes: he in a teal jacket and an olive knitted hat; she in a brightly colored print scarf and a black parka. Their bleak expressions belie the colorful photograph. "We had so many plans," the caption quotes her as saying.

B. Crary and C. Hogan, Willow Run and Related Plant Closings: Causes and Impacts. Institute for Contemporary and Regional Development, Eastern Michigan University, 1992, p. 44 If the effect on the surrounding community of closing the Willow Run assembly plant is grasped largely in economic terms, the effects on the individual workers who will lose their jobs when the assembly plant closes are more visceral. A local social worker describes the stress from the plant closing as "like a brick hitting you in the face.

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