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March 6, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

The 10 Biggest Critique on the Education Reform Topic for High School Debate 2017-2018

You want to say that the economic ideology of the status quo that the aff will continue will only entrench that ideology even further.


What ideology does our educational system perpetuate?  What is its worldview?  What is its paradigm?


I think the following 9 arguments will pretty much establish the core:

  1. Capitalism/Neoliberalism/Marxism
  2. Feminism
  3. Race-type arguments
  4. Foucault (and various off-shoots of this argument)
  5. Ecological arguments
  6. Heidegger
  7. Science and/or technology  (or more scientism, which is not actually science).
  8. Pedagogy of the oppressed/Paulo Friere
  9. Dis/ability

There will also be libertarian/coercion type arguments as well.


I suggest the Eric database will be incredibly helpful on both sides of this topic.  It doesn’t have as much of the policy literature, but its free and has lots of full text articles.


For instance, when I look at this entry:…gy&id=EJ1124663


Three subject areas strike me as pretty important to investigate:

  • Critical Theory
  • Neoliberalism
  • Hidden Curriculum

I would suggest “Critical pedagogy” is also a pretty huge search term, specifically in the education-specific literature.



There is a whole literature that critiques the nature of education, its model and its process.


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