Taking on the Corporatization of Public Education: What Teacher Education Can Do

  • Pepi Leistyna
Part of the Marxism and Education book series (MAED)


Most citizens of the United States are unaware of the extent to which public schools are controlled by private interests such as publishing, food, and pharmaceutical companies, for-profit education management organizations, and corporate lobbyists (Kohn and Shannon, 2002; Molnar, 2005; Molnar et al., 2006; Saltman, 2000, 2005). The stealth onslaught of privatization and commercialization of this vital institution should come as no surprise given that education reform over the past few decades has been masterminded, in large part, behind closed doors, by a handful of corporate executives, politicians, and media moguls who have already profited handsomely from the over six hundred billion dollars a year education industrial complex (Bacon, 2000; Gluckman, 2002; Humes, 2003; Miner, 2005; Olson, 2005; Rees, 2000).


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