The french educational system: an unexpected resistance to global neoliberalization in education?

Authors: David Giband*, UPVD
Topics: Geography Education, Urban Geography
Keywords: education, privatisation, governance, segregation
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: 8224, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Unlike many western countries facing a massive privatization and neo-liberalization of their educational system, the french educational system seems to resist. On the one hand, this unexpected resistance can be traced in the historic centralist mode of governance. The French nation, according to republican norms valuing social and territorial equity, has been in the late 19th century structured according a strong and unified public educational system, that has adapted to many changes. On the other hand, in response to this nationwide public and republican model, a private educational sector, led by the Catholic church, has prospered, enrolling pupils from diverse horizons. But since the 2010’s, many reforms attempt to soflty introduce neo-liberal norms and value according to a new rhetoric valuating the necessary reform of the French public educational system in order to increase the country place in an European and world wide educational competitive model. A sort of creeping privatization occurs hold by public officials acting at the margins of the systems.

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