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Article from UW-Madison's Apple selected to Educational Review's Hall of Fame

February 19, 2018

A 2005 article from UW-Madison's Michael Apple, "Doing Things the 'Right' Way," was recently selected as a "Hall of Fame" article by the journal Educational Review.

Apple is the John Bascom Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies.

Michael Apple
Educational Review's Hall of Fame page selects published articles that "have proved very popular, are highly cited, or have generated considerable debate among readers."

In "Doing Things the 'Right' Way," Apple discusses how the "political right" has traditionally blamed educators for “high drop-out rates, a decline in ‘functional literacy’, a loss of standards and discipline, the failure to teach ‘real knowledge’ and economically useful skills, poor scores on standardized tests, and more."

Apple recently authored a response to that original paper in a write-up titled, "Rightist Gains and Critical Scholarship." 

"In many ways, it represents a coming together of the various influences that have continued to form me over the nearly five decades I have been engaged in critically examining the relationship between educational theories, policies and practices, and differential power. Like many others, my work has been guided by two major goals: understanding and interrupting dominance," Apple ​writes.

Apple is widely known for conducting groundbreaking work as one of the leading founders of the field of critical curriculum studies. He has authored or edited more than 50 books — including two (“Ideology and Curriculum” and “Official Knowledge”) that are recognized as being among the most influential publications on education in the 20th century. These works have been translated into more than 20 languages.

Apple’s influence also is made clear by the fact that universities from across the globe have recognized his scholarly efforts by bestowing upon him 13 honorary doctorates, or their equivalent.

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