Rethinking School Privatization in Sweden

snickerdoodle, Jan 02, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Metafilter thread, introduced as follows: "20 years ago, Sweden passed a series of reforms that encouraged privatization of its schools. In addition to making it easier to create new schools, the new laws made it legal for private, profit-seeking companies to open schools. For over a decade, these reforms were hailed as a market-driven success story, as market share private schools grew. Earlier this year, the bankruptcy of Sweden's largest private school operator and questions about school quality has some in Sweden rethinking its privatization experiment." Best comment is near the end of the thread: "Privatisation is the socio-economic equivalent of kidnapping someone, cutting out all their major organs and selling them for transplantation into aging millionaires."

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