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The Rich World and the Impoverishment of Education
Diminishing Democracy, Equity and Workers' Rights

Edited By

Dave Hill

ISBN 9780415507097
Published October 5, 2011 by Routledge
290 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Advancing a powerful critique of neoliberalized education in many of the rich countries of the world (USA, Canada, Finland, Greece, Israel, Japan, England and Wales, and others), the chapters in this book, written by an international array of acclaimed and emerging radical educators and policy analysts, critically examine and evaluate:

  • What neoliberal changes have taken place (e.g., privatization, vouchers, charter schools, weakening of democratic control of schools, setting up markets in schools and retreating from the comprehensive school principle, commercialization of education, new public managerialism in education)?

  • What are the impacts of these changes on access and equal opportunities, on democracy and critical thinking, and on the rights, pay and conditions of teachers and ancillary/support staff?

Table of Contents

Foreword: The World is Not Flat: Challenging Neoliberal Policies  David Hursh  1. Introduction: Neoliberal Politics and Education in the Rich World: Inequality, Undemocracy and the Resistant Possibilities and Roles of Critical Educators  Dave Hill  2. The American Privatization Campaign: Vouchers, Charters, Educational Management Organizations and the Money Behind Them  Karen Anijar and David Gabbard  3. Neoliberalism and Education in Canada  Adam Davidson-Harden, Larry Kuehn, Daniel Schugurensky and Harry Smaller  4. The New Built Environment of Education: Neo-liberalism on Trial in Australia  Gregory Martin  5. England and Wales: Neoliberalised Education and its Impacts  Christine Lewis, Dave Hill and Barry Fawcett  6. Changing the Tide of Education Policy in Finland: From Nordic to EU Educational Policy Model  Joel Kivirauma, Risto Rinne and Piia Seppänen  7. The Neoliberal - Neoconservative Reform in Greek Education  Georgios Grollios  8. The Third Way and Beyond: Global Neo-liberalism, Education and Resistance in Taiwan  Hui-Lan Wang and Michael Loncar  9. Israel: Neoliberal and Nationalist Education: Towards a Political Pedagogy  Aura Mor-Sommerfeld, Ehud Adiv and Arnon Dunetz  10. Education in a One Party 'Democracy': Singapore  Steve McKenna and Julia Richardson  11. Education Reforms in Japan: Neo-Liberal, Neo-Conservative, and "Progressive Education" Directions  Kaori H. Okano.  Contributors.  Index.

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Dave Hill is Professor of Education Policy at the University of Northampton, England, and Chief Editor of the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, online at He is Routledge Series Editor for Education and Neoliberalism and for Education and Marxism. He is a Socialist political activist, former Labour Parliamentary candidate, Labour Council Group Leader, and trade union regional leader.