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The World Bank and Education

Critiques and Alternatives

2012 - 268 pages

Steven J. Klees (University of Maryland, USA), Joel Samoff (Stanford University, USA) and Nelly P. Stromquist (Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, USA) (Eds.)

ISBN Paperback: 9789460919015 ($ 21.00)
ISBN Hardcover: 9789460919022 ($ 99.00)
ISBN E-Book: 9789460919039

Subject: Comparative Education

Number 14 of the series: Comparative and International Education: A Diversity of Voices

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“Highly recommended for anyone interested in the harm neoliberal policy is doing to education worldwide.” --International Review of Education

For more than three decades, the World Bank has been proposing global policies for education. Presented as research-based, validated by experience, and broadly applicable, these policies are ideologically driven, insensitive to local contexts, and treat education as independent of international dynamics and national and local economies and cultures. Target countries, needing resources and unable to generate comparable research, find it difficult to challenge World Bank recommendations.

The World Bank and Education: Critiques and Alternatives represents a powerful challenge to World Bank proposals. Probing core issues—equity, quality, finance, privatization, teaching and learning, gender, and human rights—highlights the disabilities of neoliberal globalization. The authors demonstrate the ideological nature of the evidence marshaled by the World Bank and the accompanying policy advice.

Addressing key education issues in developing countries, the authors’ analyses provide tools for resisting and rejecting generic policy prescriptions as well as alternative directions to consider.

Robert Arnove, in his preface, says, “Whether the Bank is responsive to the critiques and alternatives brilliantly offered by the present authors, the book is certain to influence development and education scholars, policymakers, and practitioners around the globe.”

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