Accepting much of the internal logic of Lee's argument, I consider the wider conditions and logic in play such that education as a human right can be comprehended, debated, and ultimately defended and supported in the 21stcentury. I suggest that despite the idealist rhetoric of UN discourse that operated in Lee’s conception of education as a human right, providing (Western) schooling to improve the lives of marginalized individuals in developing-world contexts should be understood as the consolation prize rather than represent an idealized/naturalized education that can innocently transcend the logic of underdevelopment and performativity shaping education’s current manifestations in developing-world contexts.

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