Labor of Learning: Market and the Next Generation of Educational Reform


reviewed by Eugene P. Trani June 29, 2009

coverTitle: Labor of Learning: Market and the Next Generation of Educational Reform
Author(s): Alexander Sidorkin
Publisher: Sense Publishers, Rotterdam
ISBN: 9087907583, Pages: 216, Year: 2009
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In his latest book, Labor of Learning: Market and the Next Generation of Educational Reform, Alexander Sidorkin envisions a future America that knows few boundaries – where a free-market system of learning has replaced compulsory schooling and where there are 12-year-old senators and 70-year-old students (p. 197). We already live in a country with increasingly permeable boundaries – where a sizeable private education sector already competes with public schools. Nonetheless, Sidorkin’s suggested strategies for education reform, if implemented, would turn long-held mores and politically-entrenched statutes on their head. Sidorkin’s suggestions are three-fold. In the short-term, Sidorkin proposes to reform K-12 education by cultivating the communal aspects of schools (i.e., treating schools as relational economies). For the longer-term, he proposes the adoption of a quasi-market economy framework for schooling, where America’s youth – and, even, adults – would be compensated at competitive market rates to learn, and government regulation would be... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 29, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15702, Date Accessed: 11/24/2017 10:54:56 PM

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