Kids as commodities: globalization and Canadian schools

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Fansher, Heather
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2003
Globalization: The meaning of the word conjures up images of both violent demonstrations and peaceful sit-ins, with many in the population wondering, "What's the fuss?" Globalization is also a term that has different meanings for different organizations some human rights, some environmental protection, some anti-corporate, some antiestablishment. As well, globalization suggests the extension of trade agreements, and the modernization ofthe global economy according to free market principles. Public education, in Canada as well as various other parts of the world, has found itself in a precarious and threatened position with the current emphasis on free market policy. Education is being systematically tmderfunded, creating a crisis within the classroom and, potentially, for democracy itself. This historical comparative analysis discusses the conservative modernization movement and its intentions for public education and the alternative views of a strong publicly funded education system in Canada. The crisis in the public education system need not exist. Alternative views offer choice, and accountability, the same ideals that the modem conservative movement is striving for. Creating a balance between the two views is the notion of cooperative theory. The current adversarial positions are neither necessary nor inevitable.
vi, 74 leaves ; 29 cm. --
Education and globalization -- Canada , Education -- Canada