Research article

Toronto: A new global city of learning

Authors
  • Daniel Hamlin
  • Scott Davies

Abstract

Toronto, Canada, is emblematic of a new stratum of global cities. Unlike many world capitals, the city has gained stature only over the past half century, having successfully post-industrialized into a new economy and become a major world centre for immigration. Paradoxically, education has emerged as both a major driver of change and a divider of social wellbeing in the city. To interpret this paradox, we discuss: (1) how Toronto is a node in a global education policy network, particularly as an exporter of equity-oriented reforms; (2) how the city's own school system reflects ongoing tensions between forward-looking ideals and its own historical legacies; and (3) how goals of integration are being challenged by new pressures for educational differentiation, which are themselves driven by competing conceptions of multiculturalism and movements for school choice.

Keywords: CANADA, EDUCATIONAL POLICY, MULTICULTURALISM, POLICY DIFFUSION, SCHOOL CHOICE, TORONTO

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Hamlin, D. & Davies, S., (2016) “Toronto: A new global city of learning”, London Review of Education 14(2), 186–198. doi: https://doi.org/10.18546/LRE.14.2.13

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15 Sep 2016
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