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ERIC Number: EJ1008368
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1740-2743
Corporate Education Reform and the Rise of State Schools
Thomas, P. L.
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v11 n2 p203-238 Mar 2013
The election of Barack Obama appeared to signal a shift in U.S. policy toward the Left, particularly since Obama has been framed as a "socialist," but the education discourse and policy pursued under Obama and voiced by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has shown that education reform remains in the midst of a powerful corporate model. This essay examines the corporate model for education reform against Kurt Vonnegut's Player Piano, Foucault's (1984) confronting "the present scientifico-legal complex" (standardized testing), and the corrosive call for improving teacher quality--all of which work to replace public education with free-market competition and teachers as service workers. The piece ends with a call for educators and professional organizations to raise their voices against these reforms.
Institute for Education Policy Studies. University of Northampton, School of Education, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK. Tel: +44-1273-270943; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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