ERIC Number: EJ922647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Private Tutoring and Social Cohesion
Heyneman, Stephen P.
Peabody Journal of Education, v86 n2 p183-188 2011
Mastering the public school curriculum is so important to a child's occupational future that in many regions of the world "shadow" education outside of the public system has now become the norm. In one way, this is excellent news because private investment in human capital is a strong contributor to economic and social development. However, private demand is driving a separate and powerful private industry. According to the constitutional standards in many countries, education is supposed to be "free." This suggests that, in some instances, shadow education might be unconstitutional. The United Nations Declaration on Human Rights also says that education should be free. This suggests that in some circumstances, shadow education may be contrary to the principles of human rights. The question addressed in this article is whether shadow education is wrong. This article summarizes the arguments in favor and against shadow education and ends with a series of recommendations to better manage what has become a worldwide dilemma.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Private Education, Tutors, Teachers, Conflict of Interest, Secondary Education, Higher Education, Human Capital, Social Capital, Socioeconomic Status, Educational Opportunities, Role of Education, Social Integration
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea