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  1. Fighting the commercialisation of education 14 May 2018

    Questioning Bridge International Academies expansion into South Asia

    by Momina Afridi, University of Toronto Increasing donor dependency and a desired “quick-fix” to the schooling dilemma of millions have pushed some low-income country governments in Africa and South Asia to collaborate with international private school chains. Bridge International Academies (BIA) is a for-profit that aims  “to be the global...

    Questioning Bridge International Academies expansion into South Asia
  2. Fighting the commercialisation of education 30 April 2018

    Preventing a Facebook Data Breach in Public Education

    By Patricia Burch, University of Southern California “It was my mistake and I am sorry.” Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified on April 10th before a joint session of the Senate commerce and judiciary committee. He and his company have been accused of looking the other way as companies and governments...

    Preventing a Facebook Data Breach in Public Education
  3. Fighting the commercialisation of education 23 April 2018

    Recovering the political in the idea of education as a public good - and why this matters

    By Susan Robertson, University of Cambridge On more than one occasion I have felt a distinct sense of unease at how much of educational activity is now framed in economic terms. Learners are ‘human capital’  - or to use a phrase that the economist, Gary Becker, coined – ‘an abilities...

    Recovering the political in the idea of education as a public good - and why this matters
  4. Fighting the commercialisation of education 10 April 2018

    Academic capitalism and the marketisation of United Kingdom Universities

    By Howard Stevenson, University of Nottingham Staff in the UK’s ‘older universities’ are currently in a significant industrial dispute to defend their pensions. At the time of writing members of the University and College Union (UCU) have taken 14 days strike action, and are currently balloting on whether to accept...

    Academic capitalism and the marketisation of United Kingdom Universities
  5. Fighting the commercialisation of education 22 March 2018

    Public education: a right that the Portuguese will fight to defend

    By Mário Nogueira, General Secretary of FENPROF, Federação Nacional dos Professores (Portugal) In Portugal, public schools are the prevailing model and their success can be measured in different ways depending on the context.

    Public education: a right that the Portuguese will fight to defend
  6. Fighting the commercialisation of education 19 February 2018

    Low-cost private schools in Peru: The high cost of low quality?

    By Clara Fontdevila, Universitat Autonoma Barcelona. During the last two decades, there has been a significant rise in the relative numbers of non-state education providers as well as the share of private education enrolment in Peru. This change has been particularly striking in urban areas – in the case of...

    Low-cost private schools in Peru: The high cost of low quality?
  7. Fighting the commercialisation of education 15 December 2017

    Hidden privatization

    By Sylvain Marois Vice-president, University Sector, Fédération nationale des enseignantes et enseignants du Québec   This blog was originally published in French

    Hidden privatization
  8. Fighting the commercialisation of education 12 December 2017

    English school students face the future in ‘Zombie Schools’

    By Howard Stevenson, University of Nottingham School students in England currently find themselves at the centre of a giant experiment in the marketisation of education, with the real possibility that they will pay for this ideological gamble with their futures.  Those least able to bear the cost of policy incompetence...

    English school students face the future in ‘Zombie Schools’
  9. Fighting the commercialisation of education 1 December 2017

    U.S. and International Feedback Loops on the Privatization of Education

    By Frank Adamson, Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) On July 5th, 2017, the Education Minister of Liberia, George Werner, gave a keynote speech in Washington D.C. that outlined the role of charter schools in the developing world.[1] It is worth unpacking the empirical and geographic layers of...

    U.S. and International Feedback Loops on the Privatization of Education
  10. Fighting the commercialisation of education 23 November 2017

    Private foundations as policy shapers: new and emerging modalities of influence within the philanthropic sector

    By Clara Fontdevila and Antoni Verger, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona The philanthropic sector has experienced significant changes in the last few decades. Not only has the sector become increasingly diverse but, more importantly, a new entrepreneurial approach has gained centrality.

    Private foundations as policy shapers: new and emerging modalities of influence within the philanthropic sector
  11. Fighting the commercialisation of education 15 November 2017

    The Partnership Schools for Liberia: A Critical Analysis

    By Steve Klees, University of Maryland To experiment with the possible privatisation of its primary education system, Liberia initiated the Partnership Schools of Liberia (PSL) which turned over the management of 93 public schools to eight private contractors.  This has been a very controversial experiment, both in Liberia and worldwide. ...

    The Partnership Schools for Liberia: A Critical Analysis
  12. Fighting the commercialisation of education 7 November 2017

    Teacher resistance to the Global Education Industry: potential, manifest and successful

    By Bob Lingard, The University of Queensland, Australia Teacher Unions have provided important resistance and organised opposition to the Global Education Industry in nations and globally. This piece reflects on three examples of potential, manifest and successful teacher opposition to the privatisation and commercialisation of public schooling.

    Teacher resistance to the Global Education Industry: potential, manifest and successful
  13. Fighting the commercialisation of education 24 October 2017

    Educational privatisation: A latent phenomenon in Uruguay 

    By Eloísa Bordoli*, Pablo Martinis*, Mauro Moschetti**, Stefanía Conde* y Marcelo Alfonzo*  *Universidad de la República (UdelaR)**Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

    Educational privatisation: A latent phenomenon in Uruguay 
  14. Fighting the commercialisation of education 17 October 2017

    Why we can’t see the PPP picture clearly

    By Lynsey Robinson, EQUIPPPS & Jasmine Gideon, Birkbeck, University of London The landscape of partnerships in international development has been changing rapidly over the past decade, with significant realignment of roles between the state, private and third sectors[i] .This has led to Public Private Partnerships[ii] being promoted as the solution...

    Why we can’t see the PPP picture clearly
  15. Fighting the commercialisation of education 12 October 2017

    The debate about private education in Nepal: Struggles for access, quality and equity

    By Tejendra Pherali, University College London & Pramod Bhatta, Tribhuvan University In recent decades, private network schools and ‘low-fee’ private schools have grown significantly in low-income contexts in Africa and South Asia. The former represents increasing commodification of education and the education sector as a domain of business/commercial investment and;...

    The debate about private education in Nepal: Struggles for access, quality and equity
  16. Fighting the commercialisation of education 3 October 2017

    The commercialisation of public schooling in Australia

    By Anna Hogan, the University of Queensland  The privatisation of public education is attracting a lot of attention around the world but what is happening within public schooling is falling under the radar. Increases in commercialisation in public schooling is attracting less scrutiny. Commercialisation is the creation, marketing and sale...

    The commercialisation of public schooling in Australia
  17. Fighting the commercialisation of education 22 September 2017

    Pakistan: Questioning gender and teachers work in Low Fee Private Schools

    By Momina Afridi, University of Toronto Low fee private schools under the umbrella of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in education in Punjab, Pakistan are increasingly being embraced by international donors, international non-governmental organisations and the government.

    Pakistan: Questioning gender and teachers work in Low Fee Private Schools