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Ben-Porath, Sigal – Educational Theory, 2012
The state's commitment to educating all children can be framed as a matter of human capital development, or the economic benefits accrued to individuals and society as a result of educational attainment; it can be framed as a matter of capabilities, or the development of functionings that enable human flourishing; and it can be framed as a matter…
Descriptors: Human Capital, Educational Attainment, Disabilities, Educational Policy
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Stengel, Barbara S. – Educational Theory, 2016
At present, the structures, practice, and discourse of schooling are anchored to a "commercial spirit" that understands students, educators, and parents as economic operators trading competitively in human capital and to a discourse of failure that is disabling those who seek to understand and enact John Dewey's notion of education as…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Democracy, Commercialization, Neoliberalism
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Gilead, Tal – Educational Theory, 2012
Since the 1960s, the influence of economic thought on education has been steadily increasing. Taking Jean-Jacques Rousseau's educational thought as a point of departure, Tal Gilead critically inquires into the philosophical foundations of what can be termed the economic approach to education. Gilead's focus in this essay is on happiness and the…
Descriptors: Human Capital, Psychological Patterns, Educational Philosophy, Role of Education