Once more on the political economy of education

David Bedggood and Janet Bedggood
Vol 14, Number 1, p.29
Education should be a public good but which 'public' is going to make it so? The only 'public' that can do so is the working class which by socialising the means of production, distribution and exchange can socialise education. Therefore the 'public good' defence is an extremely weak defence of public education because it surrenders from the start the necessity to see the struggle over public education as part of the class struggle, and succumbs to an analysis which is captured by capitalist hegemony. To fight and win the defence of public education we have to first identify who the public education enemy Number One is, and then plan a strategy that can mobilise the vast majority of society, the working class, behind education workers who are in the front line of the struggle.