Neoliberal ideology in a private Sudbury school

Marguerite Anne Fillion Wilson
  • Policy Futures in Education, October 2015, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/1478210315610256

Individualism and entrepreneurship in a private democratic school following the Sudbury model

What is it about?

This article explains how the ideas of neoliberalism (which involve the prioritizing of individualism, entrepreneurship, the American Dream, and making public services--such as education and health care--private) show up in a private democratic school following the Sudbury model.

Why is it important?

This article shows that even when schools following a democratic model try to radically reimagine what school looks like, they still pick up on the dominant ideas in the culture.


Marguerite Wilson

This article provides a fresh perspective on the Sudbury model of education. It is located in a special issue about neoliberalism and education and is the only article in that issue that looks at this type of school--which hasn't really been researched before.

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