Unequal Benefits: Privatization and Public Education in Canada
Published: October 2022© 2022
208 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.50 in, 3 b&w tables
Drawing on research from across Canada and beyond, education policy expert Sue Winton critically analyzes policies encouraging the privatization of public education in Canada. These policies, including school choice, fundraising, fees, and international education, encourages parents and others in the private sector to take on responsibilities for education formerly provided by governments with devastating consequences for the democratic goals of public education.
Unequal Benefits introduces traditional and critical approaches to policy research and explains how to conduct a critical policy analysis. Winton explains the role policy plays in supporting and challenging inequality in the pursuit of a strong democracy and the public school ideal. In these idealized education spaces, policy decisions prioritize collective needs over private interests, which are made in public by democratically elected officials, and, more importantly, every child is able to access high quality education programs and enjoy their benefits at no cost. Written for parents, educators, policymakers, and other interested citizens, Unequal Benefits sheds light on how to participate in efforts to resist educational privatization and achieve the public school ideal across Canada.
2. Researching Education Privatization: Traditional and Critical Approaches
3. Funding Advantage in Public Schools
4. Securing Private Benefits
5. Taking Action
Appendix A: Steps in Conducting Critical Policy Research
"This intriguing volume shines light on the privatization of schooling now evident across Canada, analyzing the move towards private models of choice, funding, and control in education. Winton’s critical analysis carefully dissects the impacts of privatizationpolicies as they erode democratic ideals of schooling as a public good. This work is essential for anyone concerned with equitable access to quality education for all."Christopher Lubienski, Professor of Education Policy, Indiana University
"Using a mixture of personal experiences and meticulous, theoretically rich research, Winton challenges us to explore who benefits when education systems are privatized and what we can do to better support public education. Education policy scholars, practitioners, policy makers, and families will find this book an important resource and guide for acting in our collective pursuit for educational justice."Sarah Diem, Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, University of Missouri
"Readers who can put the public good before their private advantage will welcome Winton’s demonstration of how policy choices in education matter."Charles Ungerleider, Professor Emeritus of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia