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Neoliberalism as an asocial ideology and strategy in education

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There have been many neoliberal education reforms around the world. At the bottom line, those reforms are intended to modify the education system based upon market principles. Reviewing and contrasting various perspectives on education (Adam Smith, Marxists, Veblen, Dewey, and neoclassicists), I argue that: 1) neoliberalism is an asocial ideology of the ruling class in the capitalist system, 2) neoliberalism justifies and propagates market principles in education, 3) there is a discontinuity between classical liberalism and neoliberalism, and 4) when it comes to Korean education reforms, neoliberalism has two contradictions and counter-movements which hinder the realization of market principles in education.
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  • Tae-Hee Jo, 2005. "Neoliberalism as an asocial ideology and strategy in education," Forum for Social Economics, Springer;The Association for Social Economics, vol. 35(1), pages 37-58, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:fosoec:v:35:y:2005:i:1:p:37-58
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02746013
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