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Professional Experiences and Interests
Dr. David J. Blacker is a Professor of Philosophy of Education and Legal Studies at the University of Delaware. His academic background is in the history of philosophy, and his writings pursue insights from that tradition within the context of contemporary education problems. His works include Democratic Education Stretched thin: How Complexity Challenges a Democratic Ideal (SUNY) and Dying to Teach: The Educator’s Search of Immortality (Teachers College). He has also written widely on political, legal and ethical issues in education policy, including a continuing series of state-specific textbooks on educational law and ethics. His book, The Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame, analyzes educational possibility in an age of economic and environmental collapse. Recent essays have appeared in the Monthly Review magazine and have served as a resource for the Occupy Student Debt campaign. Professor Blacker is currently Editor of Education Review, edrev.info., an open-access online journal of scholarly book reviews that currently has over 32,000 subscribers. He holds degrees in philosophy and education policy studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where his 1994 dissertation involved the philosophy of technology and education. He has also taught at Illinois State University and was visiting professor of philosophy of education at Teachers College, Columbia University.