WHEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS ANSWER TO MARKETS

 WHEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS ANSWER TO MARKETS

http://www.salon.com/2012/07/29/the_school_market_salpart/

 

Why move to market-based incentives in public education if the results are not better and there is less public accountability?  Here’s what we’ve discovered so far about market-based education reforms:

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Market-based school reform is focused on the idea that by structuring schools like business enterprises, we can inject them with stereotypical private sector virtues like innovation and efficiency. According to this view, this is sorely needed because “traditional” public schools are supposedly ineffective. By removing barriers to entry for different types of educational organizations, market-based reformers believe we can incorporate some healthy competition into the state-run system and overcome drawbacks allegedly caused by the state’s monopoly control. This approach positions parents and students as consumers of education, free to choose which types of schools best meet their individual needs and preferences. The rhetoric of “choice” implies that marketization will enhance liberty as well as efficiency. READ MORE…

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