With contributions from Linda Darling-Hammond, Michael Fullan, Pasi Sahlberg, and Martin Carnoy, Global Education Reform is an eye-opening analysis of national educational reforms and the types of high-achieving systems needed to serve all students equitably. The collection documents the ideologically and educationally distinctive approaches countries around the world have taken to structuring their education systems. Focusing on three pairs of case studies written by internationally acclaimed experts, the book provides a powerful analysis of the different ends of an ideological spectrum----from strong state investments in public education to market-based approaches.
An introductory chapter offers an overview of the theories guiding both neoliberal reforms such as those implemented in Chile, Sweden and the United States with efforts to build strong and equitable public education systems as exemplified by Cuba, Finland and Canada. The pairs of case studies that follow examine the historical evolution of education within an individual country and compare and contrast national educational outcomes. A concluding chapter dissects the educational outcomes of the differing economic and governance approaches, as well as the policy implications.
Frank Adamson is a policy and research analyst at the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. Bjoern Astrand is a senior lecturer at Umea University, Sweden, where he previously served as the dean for the School of Education. Linda Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University , the author of over 300 publications, and a former president of the American Educational Research Association.
Contents 1. Privatization or Public Investment? A Global Question Frank Adamson, Bjoern Astrand, and Linda Darling-Hammond 2. Chile: A Long-Term Neoliberal Experiment and Its Impact on the Quality and Equity of Education Abelardo Castro-Hidalgo and Lilian Gomez 3. Four Keys to Cuba's Provision of High Quality Public Education Martin Carnoy 4. From Citizens Into Consumers: The Transformation of Democratic Ideals Into School Markets in Sweden Bjoern Astrand 5. The Finnish Paradox: Equitable Public Education within a Competitive Market Economy Pasi Sahlberg 6. The Critical Choice in American Education: Privatization or Public Investment Linda Darling-Hammond and Frank Adamson 7. Developing High-Quality Public Education in Canada: The Case of Ontario Michael Fullan and Santiago Rincon-Gallardo 8. Privatization and Public Investment: Is the Invisible Hand a Magic Wand? Linda Darling-Hammond and Frank Adamson Index