Sunday, June 15, 2014

Upcoming Webinar/Seminar ---- Schooling markets: Promoting market-forms in the contested terrain of education

Dear colleagues and friends,

You are cordially invited to join the upcoming webinar/seminar in the Marketization and Privatization in Education seminar series in Vancouver.

The next session is with Dan Cohen on Schooling markets: Promoting market-forms in the contested terrain of education. (Please see Abstract and Bio below.) Hope you can join us.

For RSVP, assistance, or if you would like a video recording of the presentation, please send a message to Ee-Seul Yoon:<>

If you are attending in person, please come to Scarfe 308A, UBC, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 (Pacific Time).

If you are joining the webinar, please go to and click “Join meeting” as participant and enter Meeting ID: 305154344

We will start the event on time. Please join at least 10 minutes before the scheduled starting time: 12:30 pm on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 (Pacific Time).


Market-based reforms of public schooling systems have become the status quo in American schooling. These reforms have been promoted by an amalgam of politicians, ‘venture’ philanthropists, for-profit companies and parent groups as the proven answer needed to address a failing system. This presentation will discuss how markets are promoted in American schooling, focusing on how different actors within the field of education conceptualize markets and how these conceptions clash through local battles over the future of public schooling.


Dan Cohen is a PhD student in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. Prior to coming to UBC, he worked as a social policy planner and researcher for the City of Toronto and as a consultant to other local municipalities. Dan’s current work examines the process of market-making in American schooling.