Economization of Education: Human Capital, Global Corporations, Skills-Based Schooling

Economization of Education: Human Capital, Global Corporations, Skills-Based Schooling

by Joel Spring

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Economization of Education: Human Capital, Global Corporations, Skills-Based Schooling by Joel Spring

In this timely, cogent analysis of trends and powerful forces shaping global educational policy today, Joel Spring focuses on how economization is making economic growth and increased productivity the main goals of schools and the ways these goals are achieved—including measuring educational policies by their costs and economic benefits, shaping family life to ensure productive workers and high-achieving students, introducing entrepreneurship education in curricula from preschool through higher education, and increasing the involvement of economists in educational policy analysis. Close attention is given to the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD), World Bank, World Economic Forum, and multinational corporations, which, as advocates of economization, want schools to focus on teaching skills needed by the global labor market. Questions about the effects of economically driven agendas for schools are addressed. Detailing and analyzing the politics and motivations driving economization, the book concludes with an assessment of the impacts of the confluence of business interests, economic theories, governments and educators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138844605
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/10/2015
Series: Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education Series
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Joel Spring is a Professor at Queens College/City University of New York and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Economization and Corporatization of Education. Chapter 2 OECD: The Economization of Test Scores. Chapter 3 Skills: The New Global Currency. Chapter 4 World Bank: “Our Dream Is a World Free of Poverty”. Chapter 5 The World Economic Forum: Partnerships and Entrepreneurship Education for Global Businesses. Chapter 6 Economization of the Family and Childhood: Educating the Corporate Personality. Chapter 7 The Confluence of Business Interests, Economic Theories, Governments and Educators: Go to School to Learn Job Skills.

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