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PostUK's "Academies": Charter Schools Across the Pond? (John Heelan, UK, 02/18/19 3:28 am)
Henry Levin asked on February 17th: "Is education today undermining the commonweal instead of forming one?"
Good question! UK experience is that capitalism is gradually infiltrating the UK educational system. One of the legacies of the Bliar Administration has been the creation of academies supported by (supposedly) charitable foundations. Today's reality is that those charitable foundations are faux-capitalist enterprises aimed at diverting taxpayer funds to the profitability of private companies--sometimes owned by the managers of the "trusts" (sic) themselves.
The net result is that at the secondary level, teachers have their workloads increased dramatically and are generally under-resourced. One of my grandsons has direct experience of this trend in an inner-city school. At the tertiary level, university chancellors, deans and vice-chancellors have scrambled onto the lucrative band wagon--sometimes earning substantially higher salaries that the UK's Prime Minister.
The whole UK educational system now has a whiff of corruption and "jobs for the boys." (Luckily my own education was funded by scholarships and government grants.)
JE comments: It's no different here, except most American don't know what the word "tertiary" means. We call it Higher Ed or more directly, College.
Are the "academies" direct calques of US charter schools? If so, is one of the goals in the UK to undermine the previously powerful teacher unions?