Privatization Of Education: Venture Philanthropy In Education

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Register to read the introduction… He focuses mostly on the neoliberal agenda of the venture philanthropists such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Broad foundation. Saltman says “venture philanthropy in education needs to be understood as centrally an expression of neoliberal economic doctrine and ideology”. (2010). This means that venture philanthropists are calling to the privatization of goods and services such as the school system. In this system, schools are treated as a market and knowledge is “a commodity to be produced by experts, delivered by teachers and consumed by students.” (Saltman, 2010). In this way performance can be attributed to poor teaching of the teachers or poor learning abilities of the students since knowledge is now a commodity. This measurement of low performance and “failure” of the public school system is the justification for venture philanthropists to turn to privatization of schools. They claim that the failure of the public schools can lead to the downfall of the economic growth potential, so in order to stop this downfall; they must take control of the …show more content…
The premise of solving problems within schools that many foundations are speaking of sounds wonderful until it is inspected on a closer level, which I don’t believe many politicians who support privatization of schools have done. If you were to take a poll of society on whether or not they would like to improve schools, there would be a resounding positive response. Unfortunately, many people don’t look into the details of something if it sounds promising. Venture philanthropists sell the charter schools as being miracle schools in which student achievement is higher because of the market principles. The fact is that market principles don’t work in a social context. Since people are not as easily measured as commodities, it is hard to say that a situation which is full of them, for example a school, will work like a market. The question that might come up after this is “if we can’t use market principles, then what can we use?” Unfortunately, I don’t think there is a good answer to this question, but it is not by treating people like commodities. I don’t think education should be something that people have to shop around for the best deal like many do with their groceries or

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