Liberia outsources its education system
Graham Brown-Martin

Education has many purposes and the purpose the state in relation to education can be both good and not so good … I guess the same goes for the purposes of private organisations in education.

One could argue that this looks a lot like western exploitation of third world and developing nations.

One could argue that this is a precursor to states being replaced by corporations (I have a blog post in the pipeline along the lines of —” its a corporate world and we just happen to live in it”).

What I do see is that the narrative about education is being shifted quite strongly towards corporate provision … this blog post is quite timely given the UK governments forced academisation of UK state schools. The Liberian move makes the UK academisation intention seem mild by comparison.

I share Graham’s concerns about the scale and monopoly of this move AND post #panamapapers you always have to wonder what type dealings between the rich and powerful have taken place for this to happen.

My personal preference is for forms of proper diversity, autonomy, choice and elements of DIY in education, my concerns are that the “gravitational’ forces in business will lead less diversity, monopolies, the centralization of power, reduced transparency, accountability and that learners will be treated like resources and commodities in a commercial system with motives other than pedagogy.

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