Henry Giroux

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Henry Giroux was born in 1943 in Providence, Rhode Island. He earned an M.A. from Appalachian State University and a D.A. from Carnegie-Mellon. Having written more than 65 books and been published in hundreds of other works, there can be no question of Giroux’s influence on education. His most recent book, American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism, examines what he feels are intersections between neo-liberalism and authoritarianism.

He is most widely known for his extensive research into pedagogy, critical theory, and cultural and youth studies. His work reflects his understanding that education is a key building block of democracy, and the manner in which we educate our youth influences how they perceive the world around them.

In 2002, he was listed as one of the fifty most influential educational thinkers of this century for his work examining how political and corporate forces have impinged on the education of today’s youth, resulting in disaffection, lack of civic engagement and a generally pessimistic view of government and societal institutions. Today, Giroux continues his work as the director of the McMaster Centre for Research in the Public Interest, while also serving a professorship for Scholarship in the Public Interest for McMaster University.

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According to Wikipedia, Henry Armand Giroux is an American-Canadian scholar and cultural critic. One of the founding theorists of critical pedagogy in the United States, he is best known for his pioneering work in public pedagogy, cultural studies, youth studies, higher education, media studies, and critical theory. In 2002 Routledge named Giroux as one of the top fifty educational thinkers of the modern period.

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