The end of school? Educational leaders for public good in times of privatization

Maria Mendel


The time of the crisis of democracy is the liminal time for school, which will probably lead to the emergence of some stable configuration of its meaning. On the threshold of such emerging meaning, the role and the status of the traditional public school, open and engaged in the processes of social integration, is being questioned. In this context, one may pose the question concerning the end of public school and its possible inevitability. This question may be extended to the chances of school in general (public or not). If we define school through the lens of its engagem ent in the problems of the common world, such school should operate above social divisions. In this perspective, a school that is being privatised so that it is no longer publicly accessible, is no longer a school. Such practices of privatisation become commonplace nowadays. Does it really mean the end of the school? The argument presented here relates to the narrative of the headmaster of a public school that is run by a non-public entity. The fact that his school has maintained openness to the public may suggest a negative answer to the question of the end of the school. The concluding thesis is that the end of school as a public good is not inevitable due to the possible roles of leaders of re-organised schools. They are capable of inventing paradoxical, hybrid forms of schools. Irrespective of the formal status of such new schools, their leaders shape their character and can make them sites of practical demo cracy in mixed communities, and thus can block the drive to social homogenisation of their students and their neighbourhoods.
Author Maria Mendel (FSS / IE / DSocP)
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- Division of Social Pedagogy
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Book Dorczak Roman (eds.): Leading and managing for development, Monographs and Studies of the Jagiellonian University Institute of Public Affairs, 2018, Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie, ISBN 978-83-65688-23-1, [978-83-65688-24-8], 160 p.
Keywords in Englishschool leadership, public good, privatization, social cohesion, democracy
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)20
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ScoreMinisterial score = 20.0, 28-01-2020, MonographChapterAuthor
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