Michael W. Apple is the John Bascom Professor
of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at
the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. He
is highly regarded as an important voice in "contemporary progressive
This highly regarded critical theorist has written
extensively, deconstructing and analyzing our educational system
with some thought-provoking and illuminating details.
He has also taught at both elementary and secondary
levels and provided guidance for teachers and administrators as
they strive to improve educational outcomes for all children.
Dr. Apple, whom I perceive to be one of the great
modern critical theorists, travels extensively in addition to
dedicating time to his writing and research. In one of his October
communications with me, Dr. Apple shared how he had just returned
"from lecturing and doing some political work in Chile."
What makes this man tick? It is my intention
to introduce you to this fascinating man through some of his works.
Although I do not think this brief overview will do him justice,
I believe my humble attempt will shed some light into his thoughts
on education, curriculum, and pedagogy.