Third World Education
Quality and Equality
Edited by Edward R. Beauchamp
Routledge – 2000 – 300 pages
This book debunks the argument that quality in education can only be achieved by limiting, or trading off, equality. The quality of schooling is a major issue for Third World nations across the globe. However there is no single measure which is universally accepted. Whether it is, as some economists might argue, an issue of the number of desks per classroom or one of national sovereignty is widely disputed. Defining equality in education becomes increasingly difficult in an era of globalization in which there exists a wide gap between rich and poor, both within and between nations. In the context of an international move towards New Right politics and neo-liberal economic ideologies, both the quality and equality of education are imperiled. This book argues that any worthy definition of quality education must include the interests and participation of the underprivileged.
"…an interesting mix of writing styles, as well as breadth and depth of issue coverage…a single message comes across clearly throughout the book: the struggle for quality and equality in Third World education is far from over." -- International Journal of Educational Development 21 (2001)
"This is a significant book in that it attempts to address issues of quality and equality within the wider context in which schools in the south have to function and educational policies have to be construed - both at the national and the international level." -- International Review of Education, 47 (6), 2001