Public Education in British Columbia: The Rise of the Shock Doctrine or Kindling for a Shock-Proof Otherwise?

Tobey Steeves


Public education in British Columbia is experiencing a protracted ‘crisis’. Teachers and the provincial government appear to be locked into a game of brinkmanship, and students’ unmet needs are at risk of being obscured by the fray. By extending Naomi Klein’s analysis of shock doctrines, I show how this impasse is not accidental and, in fact, acts as a means of enabling “orchestrated raids on the public sphere” to undermine public education in the province.


Democracy; Shock Doctrine; Naomi Klein; Capitalism; Neoliberalism; Education Policy; British Columbia; Canada;Education Funding;Public Schools; Private Schools

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ISSN 1920-4175 Critical Education