The most recent articles

Thursday 6 February 2014
by  Nico Hirtt

Education and training, under the dictatorship of the labour market

Ever since the Lisbon Summit of 2000, the dominant conception of European education has been scaled down to the point where it is seen mainly as an instrument of economic policy. From time to time, other voices qualify this main idea: education systems should ensure ‘the personal, social and (...)

Friday 21 January 2011


The economic, historical and cultural crisis which is now confronting our societies in different forms and modes is creating a menacing landscape around scholarly institutions and educational practices. A certain subjectivity and a politics of the immediate control and give shape to current (...)

Friday 13 August 2010
by  Ken Jones

Patterns of conflict in education

This paper was presented to the European Conference on Educational Research, Vienna 2009.
The course of educational reform in England has been broader, deeper and faster-moving than that of any other country of Western Europe, cutting deeply into what remained, after Thatcherism, of the (...)

Friday 13 August 2010
by  Ken Jones

The New Order and Its Adversaries

Here you can download chapter 1 of the book "Shooling in Western Europe, The New Order and Its Adversaries", by Ken Hones, Comin Cunchillos, Richard hatcher, Nico Hirtt, Rosalind Innes, Samuel Johsua, Jürgen Klausenitzer.
Download the full chapter in PDF :
We write in this book about the (...)

Friday 13 August 2010
by  Richard Hatcher

The marketisation of the school system in England

Under the new British government, marketisation and privatisation in the school system takes two forms. First, all schools will be able to become Academies: they gain more freedom over the curriculum and admissions and more control over staff because, being under private school legislation, (...)

Saturday 24 April 2010
by  Richard Hatcher

New forms of privatisation in the school system and the challenge for local democracy

In the global neo-liberal education policy market England has been both a major importer, especially from the United States, and an influential exporter of policy to the rest of the world. Now, in the context of the run-up to a general election in Britain, probably in May 2010, the (...)

Thursday 25 March 2010
by  Michel Weber

The Genocidal Logic of Neoliberalism

La Stratégie du choc, la montée d’un capitalisme du désastre (The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism) est un essai de Naomi Klein paru en 2007 chez Acte Sud. Ce compte rendu a été publié originellement in Michel Weber et Pierfrancesco Basile (dir.), "Chromatikon IV. Annuaire de la philosophie en procès - Yearbook of Philosophy in Process", Louvain-la-Neuve, Presses universitaires de Louvain, 2008, pp. 199–207.

Wednesday 17 December 2008
by  Richard Hatcher

Another School Is Possible

Education was a thread amongst the many issues up for debate during the European Social Forum in London. One specific seminar claimed that “Another School Is Possible”. Ealing National Union of Teachers branch has sponsored the participation of US education-activist Bob Peterson at this session, (...)

Wednesday 26 November 2008

We don’t want this law !

The government of the Generalitat has just submitted a new bill to the Catalan Parliament: the LEC or Catalan Education Law. This is a major move entailing far-reaching consequences. Therefore, USTEC·STEs, ASPEPC-SPS and CGT have decided, as trades unions, to address workers and the general (...)

Saturday 8 November 2008
by  Pascal Bianchini

Education as a market: views from Africa

Over the last few years, a growing body of literature referring to the process of globalization/marketisation of education in developed countries has been published. Most often, economic determinism, whether considered from an orthodox or a critical point of view, is evoked to describe the (...)

Saturday 8 November 2008
by  Sissy Velissariou

Ideological Discourses of the White “Bible” on Education and Training

“The White Paper on Education and Training: Teaching and Learning/Towards the Learning Society” (pub. by the European Commission in 1995) is a text of seminal importance because it seeks to outline an overall approach to education in the E.U. I’ll start with a crucial passage which serves as its (...)

Saturday 1 November 2008
by  Nico Hirtt

From Brussels to Lisbon

Since the end of the 80’s, the European education systems have been submitted to an unceasing flow of criticism and reforms: decentralisation, growing autonomy of the schools, deregulation of the programs, more attention to skills and less attention to knowledge, diverse partnerships between (...)

Saturday 1 November 2008
by  Nico Hirtt

The three Axes of School-Merchandization

This is a longer version of the paper presented in Beijing and Dublin in 2005
Main evolutions in the education systems When we look at the evolution of compulsory education in industrialised capitalist countries, especially in Europe, we notice several important common trends.
The first, and (...)

Saturday 1 November 2008
by  Nico Hirtt

Marketisation of Education in the Globalised Economy

The two main ideas of this paper are, firstly, that the material, economic circumstances push the education systems in advanced capitalist countries towards marketisation; and secondly that we should understand this concept of marketisation in a broad sense: marketisation means not only (...)

Saturday 1 November 2008
by  Nico Hirtt

What’s common between business in school
and Education Business ?

“Schools are important to everyone, and it has recently become a high-stakes game for that very reason. How much is that business worth ? I doubt we’ll ever be able to answer that question fully. But we’re going to continue to be very aggressive and proactive in getting our share of the school (...)

News items

20 February 2010 - Call of the European Education Network: Support the migrants’ struggle on the 1st of March

We, the people who met in Berlin on the 29th of January in the European Education network, are supporting the initiative “1st of March 2010: 24 (...)