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American Education & Corporations: The Free Market Goes to School


reviewed by Bridget Terry Long — 2002

coverTitle: American Education & Corporations: The Free Market Goes to School
Author(s): Deron Boyles
Publisher: Garland Publishing, London
ISBN: 0815328214 , Pages: 1st edition Vol 1 , Year: 2000
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When we think about the mixing of education and the private sector, most often our attention focuses on the debate surrounding vouchers and the private management of schools. However, as Deron Boyles points out in his book entitled, American Education & Corporations, the influence of the business sector has long been evident within the American school system. Today, school-business partnerships number over 140,000. Boyles’ book outlines the sometimes-subtle ways that these associations impact the learning process and affect society’s perception of what education should be. As the current tide of education policy uses terms like "standards," "objectives," "outcomes," and "goals," we are reminded of how the purpose of schools in the United States has increasingly become linked to business interests. From former President Bill Clinton’s speeches about job training to President Bush’s call for accountability to state governors’ links between state economic-growth strategies and schools, Boyles’ book is a cautionary tale of how the integration of the corporate machine into the school system can be detrimental to American... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 996-998
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10801, Date Accessed: 11/20/2017 6:04:22 PM

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  • Bridget Long
    Harvard Graduate School of Education
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    Terry Long's work applies the theory and methods of economics to examine various aspects of the market for higher education. Her research has focused on college decision-making, access to higher education, and the impact of financial aid policies. Long is also knowledgeable about issues concerning performance in primary and secondary education. She has worked on several projects analyzing the effect of school inputs and competition on student achievement and teaches a graduate seminar on the subject.
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