Read Lois Weiner‘s challenges for teachers to consider in her “May Day Message for Teachers“
“While privatization is an aspect of the neoliberal project in education as many speakers have noted, in fact education is being transformed by policies that cannot be separated from a more fundamental drive: to make all human activity, including intellectual and artistic work, subject to what is called the discipline of the market, but is, in fact, the control of powerful elites who manage capitalism and are using the state to extract profit from what is viewed as an untapped source.”
Read Mary Compton’s detailed discussion of the responses to education privatisation enacted by unions across the world entitled “‘To struggle is also to teach’. How can teachers and teaching unions further the global fight for another world?“.
“Teaching and teachers are in the eye of a global storm which is not only assaulting their pay, conditions and tenure but also their very identity as teachers and as human beings. Yet I will argue in this chapter that, partly because of this, they are in a key position to take a leading role in the global fight for economic and social justice.”
Read Salim Vally‘s description of the expansion of education privatisation in South Africa, “The Size and Shape of Private Education in South Africa and the role of Global and Local Capital“
“Twenty two years since the first democratic elections in South Africa, the combined weight of apartheid’s legacy exacerbated by neo-liberal policies over the past two decades has meant that the promise of a quality public education system remains a chimera. While a mélange of new official policies on every conceivable aspect of education exists and racially-based laws have been removed from the statutes, the education system as a whole reflects and reproduces the wider inequalities in society. “