Our Schools/Our Selves - Summer/Fall 2022

Imbalance Sheet: What we lose when we privatize public education
July 5, 2022

This summer issue of Our Schools/Our Selves focuses on how the privatization of our public schools has become normalized.

As several of the authors in this issue illustrate, the market-based, neoliberal approach to public education, to civic engagement, to progress is pervasive. But it’s also fundamentally flawed because it’s about lowering expectations and reducing the limitless palette of our collective potential to an individualized and standardized multiple choice test taken in isolation.

And as other contributors show us, there is so much to be gained from a system that learns from its history and from others, that centres compassion and empathy, and that strives to do better for itself and each other.

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