What is neoliberalism in education


"Commercialization and privatization do not necessarily have to stop at the state education system. The marketing and conversion of education into goods can also take place indirectly. Two examples: This conversion process takes place when a public school system accepts that the educational goal is education and To orient qualifications to economic interests and to subordinate them, especially if the aim is to make one's own national economy and large companies internationally competitive.
The second example is the use of electronic media in education. What happens if you let this instrument work? An increasing individualization of learning processes and educational biographies. The ideology behind it is: Everyone determines their own educational path. You become your own entrepreneur. At first glance that looks democratic, but in reality it means that you will become a customer of a privatized educational offer. "

Teachers have to Education System "based on the right to life. The children and young people go to school to learn how people can live together. ... This is important because education is not primarily about making individuals intelligent. Rather, it is about enabling a group of citizens to live together peacefully ... and this goal must become a global goal. "The re-politicization of politics must be demanded:" If political power is weak, those who want education are also in a weaker position, because the supply is determined by the financial markets. "
"watch out, trap: Trap 1: Training has replaced education. General education is being superseded by qualification for the production process. People only play a role as 'human resources'. Trap 2: Education is commercialized. Education is also subject to the logic of market capitalism. People become consumers of education. Trap 3: 'Human resources' become a weapon in the fight for global market share. The educational process creates winners and losers. Only the skills of the winners are of interest to companies in the competition. Trap 4: Education not only decides about income, but also about a person's social value. Losers become second-class citizens. Trap 5: The technocratic understanding of education. In the 'knowledge society', finance, entrepreneurs and bureaucrats decide what is useful and 'valuable' in education. "(Riccardo Petrella," Strengthening the immune system ", in: Erbildung und Wissenschaft, 6/2001, pages 23-24)


Ingrid Lohmann: After neoliberalism. Can national education systems survive the ┬┤free market┬┤?
"... The educational policy guideline of the German federal government in the 1990s was to gain acceptance for the neoliberalist restructuring of the public education system. The previous Federal President, Roman Herzog, made significant contributions to this. With catchphrases such as" Let's release schools and universities into freedom " and "Our educational institutions must not come to the bottom" he prepared the ground for appropriate measures (Herzog 1997, 1999).

The target is the dismantling of public education through various forms of privatization and commercialization, with which educational processes are converted into property operations with knowledge as a commodity (cf. Lohmann 1999, 2000). It is now foreseeable that at the end of this neoliberalist transformation, public educational and scientific institutions will no longer exist; that access to knowledge - be it to schools and universities, be it to electronic libraries, databases, internet portals - is controlled economically, technologically and in terms of content by transnational corporations and their foundations; that these accesses - of course - are chargeable and as expensive as 'the market' allows. "

Source: www.erzwiss.uni-hamburg.de/Personal/Lohmann/AfterNeo.htm
Ingrid Lohmann / Rainer Rilling (eds.): Education sold. Criticism and controversy about the commercialization of schools, further education, upbringing and science. Opladen 2001.


Naomi Klein: The shock therapy. The rise of disaster capitalism, S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt 2007 (pushes Milton Friedman's theories off the pedestal using concrete examples of inhuman practice)