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Between cynicism and hypocrisy: the new cycle of educational reforms in Brazil

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posted on 2018-12-19, 03:11 authored by Eduardo Donizeti Girotto

ABSTRACT We are facing a new cycle of educational reforms in Brazil, conceived on the basis of technical, bureaucratic and managerial control of the teacher’s job, taking up processes put into practice in the 1980s and 1990s in various parts of the world. In order to understand the agents, interests and strategies present in this new cycle, we analyze documents published by international organizations and institutes financed by business groups, operating in Brazil and worldwide, prominent in the elaboration of current educational policies. In this analysis, we have verified that the objective is the containment of direct investments in public education. Therefore, changes are proposed in the form of hiring and organization of teaching careers in the country, considered responsible for the Brazilian budget crisis. The analyses have demonstrated the importance of understanding who are the main players in the new cycle of educational reforms, as well as the interests they express. This is fundamental in the struggle for the construction of an equitable and democratic public-school system in Brazil involving the expansion of investments in order to guarantee the fundamental conditions for educational action.


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