Booming For-Profit Education In Brazil
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  • Toni

    This has been going on in India for years.

  • Luis Arauz

    Two questions. How can the state (public) keep sending low performing students and the country still have world class universities? Shouldn’t the colleges have floundered by now?

  • Paul

    Surely I am incorrect in thinking that Mr. Mead has just endorsed the termination of state “education” in the United States? This is a conclusion which he has seemed unwilling to draw in the past.

    If my assumption is correct, and Mr. Mead is proposing that private education come to the fore even as various governments continue taxation to support their own systems of education, I will point out in response that only the unusually motivated, or the unusually prosperous, will participate in such private education. They may indeed improve their outcomes with private education, but the odds are good that they would have done comparatively well in the failing state institutions also — that’s the kind of families that they are.

    Only dismantling of the whole coercive and bureaucratized structure — and here both aspects are critical — will have the desired effect. As with any policy, some of the effects will be negative, and some positive, and so the choices among them must be dictated by fundamental philosophy. I offer that we have seen what the choices implied by modern liberal democracy have yielded.

  • Jack B

    Anyone who knows anything about Brazil knows how incorrect this analysis is.

    Brazil’s education system is one of the major factors that limits its growth while creating a population incapable of creating a legitimate political system. Oh, did I mention it’s the third most unequal country on earth and that it is plagued by violence that makes the US look like Switzerland?

    When public education is junk, and you offer people the next best thing, they take it. That does not mean it’s a good system.

    Private education costs most people here an arm and a leg. Research the numbers. I’m talking a month’s minimum wage or two every month to get your kid educated, from K-university.

    Considering how unequal Brazil is, that means only the rich can truly educate their kids.

    Even worse, these people all end up competing for public sector jobs (through ‘concursos’) because the private sector is undersized and undercompetetive.

    Looking to other countries for solutions is great. But this analysis is junk.

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