Quality Education

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Public and Private Education: The Construction of Concepts

  • A. AssisEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69902-8_46-1

Definitions

The contemporary definition of public and private education can be found indirectly in several UNESCO documents (2004, 2014, 2015, 2016a, b, 2019). As we shall see in this entry, what has been built as a national education to be consolidated in the nineteenth century, driving the universalization discourse from an international cooperative perspective, is the prevailing understanding of these documents.

In other words, since education has become a right of the citizen, a public good, rather than a duty of the subject/vassal, it is a State responsibility, not mattering if subsidizing those which it administers directly (public) or indirectly (public outsourced) or those that are run by private initiatives. This perception is what will provide the basis for discussions on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The document “Sustainable development begins with education: how education can contribute to the proposed post-2015 goals” (UNESCO 2015) is concerned with...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education, Department of Policies, Administration, and Educational SystemsState University of Campinas (UNICAMP)CampinasBrazil
  2. 2.South Minas School of Law (FDSM), Democracy and Constitutionalism AreaLaw SchoolPouso AlegreBrazil

Section editors and affiliations

  • Rudi Pretorius
    • 1
  1. 1.University of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa