chapter  8
Market culture and Catholic values in education
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The attempted colonisation of schools, colleges and universities in the 1980s and 1990s by the values, practices and discourse of market ideologies has presented Catholic school leaders in some countries with sharp challenges to the principles of a distinctive Catholic educational mission. Catholic schools, with other schools, have been caught up in a global ideological struggle between those who claim that the application of competitive market forces within education will be a revitalising reform for schooling, making it more efficient, effective and responsive to education ‘consumers’, and those who argue that it will be a distortion and corruption of what education is about.