Local Control as a Mechanism of Colonization of Public Education in the United States

Educational Philosophy and Theory 42 (8):830-845 (2010)
Colonization of public education—the process by which schools are overwhelmed and penetrated by non-educational imperatives—is usually believed to be caused by capitalism and the hegemonic ideological structures it produces. In this paper I argue that in the case of the United States an additional mechanism produces strong colonizing effects: the institution of local control. In the context of contemporary institutional conditions, local control is the lynch-pin for the production of socio-economic segregation, cumulative disadvantages, and the mythology of popular control disguising the growing control of public schooling through unaccountable bureaucracies and private corporations
Keywords cumulative disadvantages  education governance  local control  United States  colonization  inequality
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DOI 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2008.00432.x
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