The Neoliberal Perspective on Education
Neoliberalism holds that education systems should be run according to free market principles. Neoliberals believe that education should be privatised both endogenously and exogenously, parents and students given more choice and voice and they also advocate for more top down surveillance and performance management.
China’s Anti-Privatisation and Anti-Global Education Policy Changes
China recently banned for-profit tutoring after school for 5-15 year olds. This means that private companies who charge parents for tutoring their children can no longer operate. This news is very relevant to both the sociology of education and the topic of globalisation. The ‘banning’ of foreign companies is part of a broader Chinese-strategy to…
Disengagement as Evidence of Secularization
Within the secularization debate, disengagement is the process of religious institutions becoming less involved in political and social life. It is the general withdrawing of religious institutions from wider society. If we take a long term view and compare the role of the church in British society today with its role in medieval times, religious…
The Privatisation of Education
A summary of endogenous and exogenous privatisation in England and Wales since the 1988 Education Act, and evaluations.
Globalisation and Education
This post explores five ways in which globalisation has changed education in the U.K. including increased competition for jobs from people abroad, the increasing influence of global ICT companies, and increasing multiculturalism in education.