Fighting Privatization in Chile

Lili Loofbourow, May 14, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting account of the privatization of education that took place in Chile under Augusto Pinochet and the evolution of the system over the decades that followed, cumulating in recent years in protests and reform movements seeking to repair what has become one of the most expensive and least accessible education systems in the world. "The new system was intended to promote competition between schools and to stimulate the public schools to improve. But the plan backfired. Instead, three tiers developed... Chile has the most expensive education in the world, yet the World Economic Forum (WEF) ranked primary education there 119th out of 144 countries."

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