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McMurtry, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Castigates the supposed "knowledge-based economy" as simply a public relations smokescreen covering up the free market exploitation of people and resources serving corporate interests. Discusses the many ways that private industry, often with government collusion, has controlled or denied dissemination of information to serve its own interests.…
Descriptors: Capitalism, Computer Attitudes, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Networks
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McMurtry, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1998
Ponders where religion fits into public education and whether religious corporations should be kept out of public schools. Concludes that the moral principles found in religion should be taught through exploration of world religions only if the instruction is informed and adheres to ultimate principles and values by which to live. (CMK)
Descriptors: Church Role, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethics, Institutional Role
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McMurtry, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1998
Discusses contemporary, dichotomous views of markets: the global market is "good"; other (more local) markets are bad. Argues that nonglobal markets are viewed as obstacles to the global market that must be removed, despite their roots in local cultures and provision of services not available in the global market. (DSK)
Descriptors: Business, Capitalism, Economic Development, Economics
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McMurtry, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1992
Explores the conflict between education and market goals. Observes that free enterprise differs in goals, motivation, methods, and standards of excellence. Argues that the conflict between the two sets of values is a crisis that is going unnoticed. Suggests that education can lift the market system and serve its needs for literate and numerate…
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Free Enterprise System, Higher Education
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McMurtry, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1994
Describes adolescent development in a family where children were treated as equal partners in decision making and behavior. Maintains that adolescents will grow from the relationship of shared power and responsibility. Discusses issues such as sexuality, television viewing, and athletics. (CFR)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Athletics, Parent Child Relationship
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McMurtry, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1995
Asserts that contemporary history and historiography is "official" history that ignores the daily struggles of people for their continued survival. Argues that, while public illiteracy has nearly disappeared, individuals are ignorant of the wealth of primary-source materials of other cultures' histories. (CFR)
Descriptors: Canada Natives, Cultural Differences, Cultural Images, Elementary Secondary Education
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McMurtry, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1991
Asserts that Canadian schools should be educating students in the historically developed subjects matters. Suggests that a back-to-basics approach to education fails to appreciate the traditional subject matters as great sagas of human discovery. Concludes that schools are largely anti-intellectual places that are not inquiry driven and do not…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Back to Basics, Core Curriculum, Educational Environment
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McMurtry, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1991
Examines the conflict between the "politically correct" movement and educational "traditionalists." Suggests that the "politically correct" view seeks to purge sexism, racism, and economic classism, whereas traditionalists desire to inject values into education. Identifies the one-sidedness of each position. Argues…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Back to Basics, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education
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McMurtry, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1998
Reviews the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) being negotiated by member states of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Describes the contents of the MAI, including draft articles on the rights of transnational corporations. Critiques the Agreement on economic and political grounds, and suggests how this is…
Descriptors: Corporations, Economics, Economics Education, Editorials
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McMurtry, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1998
Criticizes the University of Toronto for its links to businesses deemed unsavory by the author. Places these academic-corporate links within a general framework of integration between Canada's leading educational and business institutions. Questions an educational system that appears to the author to have wealth generation as its highest goal.…
Descriptors: Business, Conflict of Interest, Corporate Support, Educational Environment
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McMurtry, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Notes that the law of competitive advantage, quoted so frequently in support of the global economy, mandates a uniformity of agricultural and economic products. Argues that this systematically selects against the biodiversity of life and reduces nature's capacities to adapt and reproduce in changing biological conditions. (MJP)
Descriptors: Agriculture, Biodiversity, Biotechnology, Capitalism
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McMurtry, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Criticizes the recent trend of six-figure-plus salaries for higher education administrators in Canada. Maintains that these salaries reflect neither market value nor individual performance but rather result from aggressive self-promotion and institutional chicanery. Argues that those individuals motivated primarily by money should work in the…
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Policy
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McMurtry, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Observes that decisions to cut bureaucratic waste in Canada's educational system rests with the bureaucracy itself. Maintains that most schools could productively institute a limited form of teacher-oriented self-administration, thereby reducing and streamlining educational administration. Argues that most educational administration is…
Descriptors: Bureaucracy, Educational Administration, Educational Assessment, Educational Finance
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McMurtry, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Criticizes some of the basic principles expounded in John Locke's "Second Treatise on Government." Argues that Locke's ideas on private property, capital investment, and social good are inherently contradictory. Asserts that the market theory of property inevitably leads to endemic economic exploitation and oppression. (MJP)
Descriptors: Business Cycles, Capitalism, Economic Development, Economic Impact
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McMurtry, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Sharply criticizes current free market practices especially in light of the globalization of capitalism. Maintains that a laissez-faire approach to the allocation of resources and consumer choices is no longer relevant in a world defined by an increasing disparity between rich and poor. (MJP)
Descriptors: Capitalism, Consumer Economics, Economic Factors, Economic Status
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