Economic Planning, Education Policy, and International Schools
The expansion of transnational education corporations (TECs) might be viewed as the natural consequence of globalization. As demand for international school opportunities increases, there is perhaps little surprise that firms stepped in to provide those opportunities. Such a view misses the centrality of the state to the creation of markets for international education. States in parts of Asia have not been passive bystanders as international schools have transformed into lucrative businesses. Rather, states have actively participated in the commercialization of international education. States have supported this commercialization in the pursuit of economic goals. International schools have thus become objects not just of education policy but also, even mainly, of economic policy.
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