STAYING IN CONTROL; OR, WHAT DO WE REALLY WANT PUBLIC EDUCATION TO ACHIEVE?
Article first published online: 4 AUG 2011
© 2011 Board of Trustees | University of Illinois
Volume 61, Issue 4, pages 395–411, August 2011
How to Cite
Tamir, Y. (2011), STAYING IN CONTROL; OR, WHAT DO WE REALLY WANT PUBLIC EDUCATION TO ACHIEVE?. Educational Theory, 61: 395–411. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-5446.2011.00411.x
- Issue published online: 4 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 4 AUG 2011
In this essay, Yuli Tamir argues that the growing interest in public education in the developed world in general and in the United States in particular is grounded in a fear of losing global hegemony. The most rational approach to slowing down these hegemonic shifts is to empower public education and allow the neglected human capital vested in presently excluded communities to flourish. However, moves to improve public education are met by the unspoken though persistent resentment of those who fear the transformative power of education and would like to preserve the present social order. Here Tamir reviews some of the moves commonly taken to preserve these “social gaps” and concludes by suggesting that alongside vocal public support for school reforms promoting equal opportunities, silent yet very effective social strategies have developed that undo the benefits of such reforms and maintain the present social gaps.