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Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This is a review (4 page PDF) of Catherine Gidney's book on corporate influence in Canada's schgool system. Trevor Norris summarizes many of the examples found in the book, from the early days of school commericalism, to the rise of school-business partnerships, to the Youth News Network and vending machines in schools. Norris observes that the book could perhaps use more analysis - for example, "what exactly is so bad about consumerism and school commercialism?" Maybe, but in my own experience the challenge is often to show that commercialism even exists, so documenting a wealth of instances provides a service.

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