Education Services in Chile


Chile's economic and democratic system was originally set up to resemble that of the United States. In fact, between 1980 and 1990, a group of Chilean economists, commonly known as the Chicago Boys, went to train at the University of Chicago in the United States in order to learn from well-known economists Milton Friedman and Arnold Harberger. They learned much about the capitalist system and how it functions within a democratic regime. For this reason, Chile, in many ways, reflects the U.S.'s systems and structures, both in terms of the economic system and also its education system. 

What community need did I learn about?:

Since I originally came to Chile to study the education system, I’m going to tell you about Chile’s schools. Chile is an interesting place in which to study education as an American because its education system is fairly similar to that of the United States. There are free public schools, private schools which families must pay for, and subvencionados, which are schools funded by public money but privately owned (these are a little bit like Charter schools in the U.S.).