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Essays by way of the various world's prime educators supply a innovative portrait of latest rules and advancements in schooling which may impact the potential for social and political swap. The authors bear in mind such diversified terrain as feminism, ecology, media, and person liberty of their pursuit of recent rules which could tell the elemental perform of schooling and advertise a extra humane civil society. The publication consolidates contemporary pondering simply because it displays on rising new traces of serious conception.

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The error that many critical educators make when they follow these writers sometimes originates in their reading secondhand versions that, in turn, are based on superficial readings of the original works. For example, the work of Foucault is often cited as a useful tool to alert educators against the negative effects of power (Ball, 1990), although on various occasions (Levy, 1977; Foucault, 1975), Foucault himself insists, following Nietzsche, that power does not produce exclusion or repression but, rather, positive consequences.

The structural domination of the organizational logic of networks and of the relational logic of flows has substantial consequences for the social structure, consequences that are often considered as indicators of the new informational society. In fact, they are the manifestation of a deeper trend: the emergence of flows as the stuff from which our societies are made. I hypothesize below the main consequences of such a fundamental historical trend: • The ability to generate new knowledge and to gather strategic information depends on access to the flows of such knowledge or information, be it flows between major research centers or insider knowledge in Wall Street trading.

This is because the constant changes in roles and situations in a society defined by innovation, flexibility, and unpredictability in all spheres require people to constantly redefine themselves in their roles at work, in the family, and with their friends. Therefore, the restructuring of the personality to adequately fulfill the new functions demanded by society requires a bringing together of all the new codes and messages from the different networks relating to the various dimensions of people's lives.

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