Public good or finishing school?
in Neoliberal lives
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This chapter looks at how education – once understood as a “great leveller,” a pillar of broad democratic participation, and a means of self-development - has been transformed under neoliberalism into a means for maintaining and sharpening existing distributions wealth and power. Beginning with a brief history of education as a key plank of liberal democratic reform, the chapter moves first to examine the radically eroded potential of K-12 education as a means for improving “equality of opportunity.” It then proceeds to describe and evaluate the means and the effects of the neoliberalisation of universities. For both K-12 and universities, the chapter looks at trends in the scale and source of funding, in the privatization of education, and in the influence of neoliberal doctrines of competition and individual choice as guides for education policy and practice.

Neoliberal lives

Work, politics, nature, and health in the contemporary United States


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