Journal article

Public education in neoliberal times: memory and desire

Jessica Gerrard

Journal of Education Policy | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2015


This article reflects on the desire to defend and claim public education amidst the educational policy effects of contemporary neoliberal politics. The defence of public education, from schools to higher education, undoubtedly provides a powerful counter-veiling weight to the neoliberal policy logic of education-as-individual-value-accrual. At a time of intense global policy reform centred on marketisation in education, the public education institutions of the post-war welfare state are often characterised as being lost, attacked, encroached upon and dismantled. In this paper, I contend it is important to avoid mobilising a memory of public educational pasts that do not account for their fai..

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