Educação & Sociedade
Print version ISSN 0101-7330
SAFORCADA, Fernanda and VASSILIADES, Alejandro. Education laws in the early 21ST century: from neoliberalism to the post-Washington consensus in South America. Educ. Soc. [online]. 2011, vol.32, n.115, pp. 287-304. ISSN 0101-7330. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-73302011000200003.
Latin America is currently experiencing an ongoing diversity of political processes in a context of crisis of the neoliberalism hegemony. In this context, new general education laws have been sanctioned in many countries, from 2003 onwards. Considering some fundamental topics of education policies, this paper analyses the education laws in force in South American countries such as, among others: What are the aims of education? What is the role of the State? How is the right to education defined? And, which aspects are considered to implement it? Studying these topics from a comparative point of view reveals a rich and complex overlook that help us understand the present orientations and debates in educational maters for this part of the continent.
Keywords : Educational politics; Education law; Latin America; State; Right to education.