Public Education in Flux

By: Ellie Persellin ,
January 31, 2018

"How 'segrenomics' underpins the movement to privatize public education", an article published in The Washington Post this month, features commentary from Noliwe M. Rooks on the ways in which companies and individuals have utilized privatization and deregulation to capitalize on racial and economic inequalities in education, a conversation that proves especially pertinent in the era of Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos. Rooks, the Director of American Studies at Cornell University, explores the relationship between educational inequalities and efforts to privatize public education in greater depth in her book Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and The End of Public Education, which formed the basis of Rooks' discussion with The Washington Post. She examines the phenomenon of private corporations increasingly investing in alternative educational content—such as vocational education, virtual charter schools, and cyber education—for poor children, all of which are meant to substitute (not supplement) the traditional educational experience.

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