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ERIC Number: ED421760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 37
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Market Challenges to Public Education in the U.S. Michigan's Charter Schools & Enclosures of the Common Good.
Lubienski, Chris
This paper draws on the metaphor of the enclosure, a forceful reconfiguration of shared space that occurred in early modern Europe, as a model for describing the current drive for privatization of education. It examines the metaphors embedded in current school transformations and contrasts the conception of democracy held by current advocates of education markets with those of the common-school reformers who founded mass education. The study compares the values embedded in the rhetoric of leading proponents of choice and charter schools in Michigan with the values of the most prominent advocates of the common-school reforms of the last century. It is hoped that such a contrast will illuminate competing conceptions of democracy, the role of education in sustaining such conceptions, and the current efforts to redefine traditional conceptions of the "public" aspect of education in the current debate regarding the spheres of "public" and "private" resources. The paper also attempts to make sense of the incongruence between these two discourses in a democratic society. (Contains 118 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan