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DONOSO-DIAZ, Sebastián  and  ALARCON-LEIVA, Jorge. Profits in Chilean education: conceptual debate about the meaning of public and private education. Pro-Posições [online]. 2012, vol.23, n.2, pp.33-49. ISSN 1980-6248.

The text introduces a central issue discussed in today’s Chile, a topic that organizes the bounds between public and private sectors in education and which has been rarely discussed in the last thirty years; due in our opinion to the success of neoliberal policy in legitimating private order and its principles over the public ones. This phenomenon has again been put into discussion in the Chilean society as a result of a social discontent towards a market system that has been relentless. The beginning and ending of the objectives of neoliberal policies has been profit and together with it, bares its weak proposal of society development and the operation of the State, a task that education has very little to contribute since neoliberal policy.

Keywords : public education; private education; profit; social inequality; neoliberal policy.

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