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ERIC Number: EJ1149611
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-2382-0349
Marketplace or Commodity Progressivism and State Schooling
O'Neill, John
Teachers and Curriculum, v17 n1 p7-10 2017
O'Neill argues that the standard social democratic narrative of state schooling as a consensual, whole-of-society commitment to reduce educational inequalities across the system as a whole, for the collective well being of all, has been displaced by marketplace or commodity progressivism. He takes the position that reducing educational inequalities and "fixing up" the state schooling system is now being sold to citizens as the socially responsible, social investment or venture philanthropy work of civic-minded corporates, business-like charitable trusts, and charismatic individual edu-preneurs. He explains that marketplace or commodity progressivism in schooling is appealing on one level, saying that undoubtedly, philanthropic investment in schooling has some potential to provide "proof of concept." Yet it has demonstrated no apparent interest or commitment to provide the funding necessary to seed genuine innovation in schooling. O'Neill advances the point that the successes, for all the satisfaction they bring to participating students and local communities, are short-lived and inadequate over the long term. O'Neill concludes that while marketplace progressivism attracts attention, admiration, and approval in the short term, it does nothing to address the long-term structural educational economic and social inequalities that only a progressive, integrated, multi-agency, system-wide approach to state schooling can hope to mediate.
Wilf Malcolm Institute for Educational Research. Faculty of Education, University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand. Tel: +64-7-858-5171; Fax: +64-7-838-4712; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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