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The World Bank and Education



Critiques and Alternatives

Steven J. Klees, University of Maryland, USA; Joel Samoff, Stanford University, USA; and Nelly P. Stromquist (Eds.) University of Maryland, USA

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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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Comparative and International Education: A Diversity of Voices volume 14

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April 2012, 268 pages

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Volume 5 Number 4 2010   ISSN 1745-4999


Kathrin Leuze. From Higher Education to Work: public and professional sector employment in Germany and Britain

Anna Maria Piussi & Remei Arnaus. Higher Education in Europe: a comparative female approach

Maria Eliophotou Menon. Influences on the Decision to Enter Higher Education in Cyprus: a comparison of students’ and teachers’ perspectives

Anna Horvai. Recognising the Roma and their Rights: an analysis of exclusion and integration in the education system

Satomi Izumi-Taylor, Yoko Ito & Andrew Gibbons. Early Childhood Pre-service Teachers’ Perceptions of Teaching Technology to Children in Japan and the United States

Xue Han & Hequn Wang. Mathematics Teachers’ Professional Development Opportunities in the Curriculum Reform of China

Nancy Burkhalter & Maganat Shegebayev. The Critical Thinking Movement in Kazakhstan: a progress report

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A Crisis of Capital


A Conference of Working-Class Reflection and Action

10am-7pm, Saturday September 11

At LARC, Fieldgate St., E1 (Whitechapel tube)

Sessions on:

1) The global crisis;

2) Local struggles in workplaces, housing, universities and public services;

3) Rank-and-file organising, migrant struggles, publications;

4) Future coordination

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Peter Gowan


A one-day conference to discuss the contribution and ideas of Peter Gowan (1946-2009), author of The Global Gamble, founding editor of Labour Focus on Eastern Europe, long-standing editor of New Left Review, and Professor of International Relations at London Metropolitan University.

Saturday, 12 June 2010, 10.00 to 5.30

School of Oriental and African Studies, Room G2


10.00 – 12.30
Introduction: Tariq Ali

Session 1: Eastern Europe
Speakers: Gus Fagan, Marko Bojcun, Catherine Samary

12.30 – 1.30 lunch

1.30 – 3.00
Session 2: Imperialism and American Grand Strategy
Speakers: Gilbert Achcar, Ellen Meiksins Wood, Susan Watkins

3.00 – 3.30  coffee break

3.30 – 5.00
Session 3: The Dollar-Wall St Regime
Speakers: Robin Blackburn, Robert Wade, Alex Callinicos

5.00 – 5.30
Mike Newman: Peter Gowan as an Educator
Awarding of the Peter Gowan Prize

The Conference is sponsored by Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe and Historical Materialism.

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