When All Else Fails, We Must Protect Childhood


  • Denisha Jones Trinity Washington University


GERM, privatization, neoliberal, early childhood


The Global Reform Education Movement (GERM) has invaded public education in the United States and education activits have failed to stop it at the national level. By accepting this failure we place ourselves in a stonger position to learm from our mistakes and change the narrative to focus on protecting childhood from the dangers of privatization and the neoliberal assault on education.

Author Biography

Denisha Jones, Trinity Washington University

Denisha Jones is an Assistant Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Trinity Washington University. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University in 2013. Dr. Jones began as a kindergarten teacher and then a preschool director before spending the last 12 years in teacher education. Six years ago Dr. Jones became active in the fight to stop the corporate takeover of public education, organizing and speaking at numerous rallies, marches, and conferences. Determined to be a more effective advocate, she began law school as a part-time student in 2014 at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law and expects to graduate in May 2018. She is a board member and administrator for the Badass Teachers Association, Inc., United Opt Out National; and she is on the advisory board of Defending the Early Years. Her research interests include developing critical consciousness in pre-service teachers, organizing activist research projects that challenge the privatization of public education, and leveraging the intersection of public policy, social movement lawyering, and critical social justice education to dismantle the neoliberal assault on public education.