The Future of Public Education


The foregoing discussion in this book revealed that the market gospel does not deliver the promised results and defies the democratic purposes of education. Faith in public institutions, democracy, and fellow citizens is being replaced by a secular faith that draws its inspiration not from the democratic social metaphor of community and cooperation, but from the market metaphor of individual interest and competition. The consumer market place defies pluralism and “tends to colonize every sphere and sector, even though it maintains the fiction of pluralism… Commercializing capitalism mandates the infiltration and penetration of noncommercial spheres in order to maximize profitability” (Walzer, 1983, p. 223).


Assure Expense Metaphor Ethos Monopoly 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationTel-Aviv UniversityRamat-AvivIsrael

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