Title

Inequality and School Reform in Bahia, Brazil

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2009

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1007/s11159-009-9131-6

Abstract

This article compares public and community schools in Salvador, the state capital of Bahia, Brazil. Based on quantitative data analysis and qualitative research conducted on-site during three research trips in 2001, 2003 and 2005, the author finds that Brazil’s extreme inequality and the associated concentration of state power in a few hands stand in the way of an effective reform. In 1999, the state of Bahia started to reform its basic education cycle, but the author’s research shows that Bahian elites use access to basic education to defend their inherited privilege. The analysis of community schools further demonstrates that inequality also blocks effective community and parental involvement in school management, as schools tend to distance themselves from neighbourhoods portrayed as poor and black, and thus “dangerous”.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

International Review of Education, v. 55, issue 4, p. 345-365