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Education and the Commercial Mindset

Session 4
Samuel E. Abrams — Teachers College, Columbia University

Drawing on his book "Education and the Commercial Mindset" (Harvard University Press, 2016), Samuel E. Abrams will discuss the growing role of commercial firms and concepts in public education. He will speak, in particular, about the evolution of for-profit school management companies in the United States and Sweden, the adoption of business language and tools by nonprofit charter management organizations, and the implications for public education of Donald Trump in the White House.

Abrams is the director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He was previously a high school teacher of economics and history for eighteen years, the last nine of which at Beacon, a progressive public school on Manhattan's West Side.

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