Sketching Alternative Visions of Schooling
In many nations, neoliberal discourses shape education systems in ways that privilege a business model of numerical educational 'outcomes' and individualised responsibility for success or failure. Within the framework created by these discourses concerns with social justice have been displaced from the educational agenda. This paper focuses on the alternative, 'second chance' schools offering choices to those young people for whom such a paradigm of mainstream schooling has failed. We suggest that these 'alternatives' provide a vision of what a socially just school might look like. However, whilst these schools clearly offer considerable social and educational support to the young people who attend them, we are concerned that their very existence may continue to foster social injustice and inequality.
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