Professor Michael W. Apple, 

University of Wisconsin Madison, School of Education, Madison, U.S.A

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Why We Should Be Worried About Current Educational Reform

Watch Michael Apple speaking at the University of Melbourne, October 16th, 2012. Click here for video


Michael W. Apple is a leading critical educational theorist, recognized for numerous books and scholarly interests, which center on education and power, cultural politics, curriculum theory and research, critical teaching, and the development of democratic schools.


He is currently the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies, at the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Education, where he has taught since 1970. Before completing his Ed.D. at Teachers College, Columbia University, Apple taught in elementary and secondary schools in New Jersey, where he grew up, as well as served as the president of his tecahers union. For more than three decades Apple has worked with educators, unions, dissident groups, and governments throughout the world on democratizing educational policy and practice. Among his most recent publications are:

  • Knowledge, Power, and Education. New York: Routledge, 2013.
  • Can Education Change Society? New York: Routledge, 20013.
  • Global Crises, Social Justice, and Education. New York: Routledge, 2010.
  • The Routledge International Handbook of Sociology of Education. New York: Routledge, 2010.
  • The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Education. New York: Routledge, 2009.
  • Educating the "right" way: Markets, standards, God, and inequality. 2nd edition. New York: Routledge, 2006.
  • Ideology and Curriculum. 25th anniversary 3rd edition. New York: Routledge, 2004.
  • The State and Politics of Knowledge. New York: Routledge, 2003.