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Neoliberalism in Education Reform
This paper discusses how the welfare state's benefits for its citizens are being undermined by neoliberal thought and policies.
# 101563 | 791 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Feb 27, 2008 in Sociology (Theory) , Education (General)

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The paper looks at Alan Sears' contention that the neoliberal agenda reconfigures social services to reflect its own needs of aggrandizing wealth and profits. The paper focuses on educational reform as a means by which the neoliberal ideology eliminates the social programs it considers "waste". The paper draws on journal articles to highlight how citizens' benefits of the welfare state are being eroded down to a pay your own "fare" state.

From the Paper:

"At first glance it doesn't seem that the new global economy would have such a harmful effect on education. On the contrary, it would seem that more opportunities for employment would be opening up in an age of fast travel and business expansion, and what better means to prepare for it than progressive educational reform? The real question, however, is employment for whom? And the operative word is "recomposition". "Lean production" began to recompose society when wealth changed from the possession of land to that of capital. Just as the Industrial Revolution removed the farmer producers from the sources of production into the cities, so too a century later did their descendants become assembly line workers for unit production."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Durant, Robert. "Whither the Neoadministrative State?Toward a Polity-Centered Theory of Administrative Reform".Journal of Public Administrative Research and TheoryVol. 10. 2000
  • Farahmandpur, R. "Teaching against Globalization and theNew Imperialism: Toward a revolutionaryPedagogy".Journal of Teacher EducationVol, 51. 2001
  • Robertson, H. "Toward A Theory of Negativity: TeacherEducation and Information andCommunications Technology". Journal of Teacher EducationVol. 54. 2003
  • Sears, A. Retooling the Mind Factory: Education in aLean State. Toronto: Garamond Press, 2003.

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