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Andrew Ross, Inside Higher Ed, Feb 15, 2008

Most nations view their education systems as vital tools to forward the national agenda. Thus, mixing education with corporate learning is fraught with risk, as "the free-trade culture of the WTO is one in which public services are automatically seen as unfair government monopolies and should be turned over to private for-profit providers whenever possible." The perils - and imbalance - of such a perspective will become apparent when an educational organization the equivalent of al Jazeera tries to set up a campus in New York or Washington. But this, I suspect, will be a trend.

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