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The expanding educational services sector: neoliberalism and the corporatization of curriculum at the local level in the US

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Abstract:

This study analyses and describes the links between the curriculum policies of one urban school district in the US and an intervention by the economics firm Standard & Poor's (S&P). It characterizes the languages and values introduced to the district leadership by S&P as ideologically neoliberal. This school-level case study that makes clear the connections between the introduction of neoliberal languages and values, local-level curriculum policies, and the resulting experiences of teachers and children in the US. In the end, it offers a case study of the ways corporate forces, such as S&P, are extending their reaches beyond national and state-level policy bodies to local communities to further legitimize the neoliberal project and to 'reform' schools in ways that grow their own profitability.

Keywords: accountability; curriculum; educational policy; neoliberalism; school reform

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220270701784673

Publication date: October 1, 2008

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