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Helen M. Gunter

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447339588

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447339588.001.0001

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Promising: school diversity and competition

Promising: school diversity and competition

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The Politics of Public Education

Helen M. Gunter

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the deployment of the Education Policy Knowledgeable Polity, which shows how the state has adopted a form of depoliticisation by contract as a form of risk-management-promising, where the trend is towards proactive private as distinct from public contractualism based on the binary risk of failure–success designed to secure and extend segregation. Underpinned by globally networked corporate ideas regarding education as a site for investment, the identification of success and the eradication of failure has become policy in school reform. Importantly, the pursuit of child and school failure as public policy is integral to this process, where schools and children do and, indeed, have to fail in order for segregation to be effective.

Keywords:   Education Policy Knowledgeable Polity, depoliticisation, education reform, education policy, school segregation, school reform

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