In the Sparrow scenario, economic development is the underlying logic of the system. By stimulating consumption as a major driving force, the State manages to promote a sense of improvement in everyday life, but with great social and environmental impact. The result is the fragmentation of agendas and actions of social movements and political agents. There is widespread discontent with education as a public service, as it is unable to guarantee the quality of rights. Compensatory social policies ensure the involvement of the State, and the aim to universalize the right to education continues. However, this is carried out with insufficient political will to tackle structural inequalities, continuing to reproduce unequal quality standards. The state also holds the role of expanding access to and – at best – evaluating education, but is not able to regulate, nor ensure that which is essential. Formal, traditional schooling predominates, as defined in legislation, with basically no innovation. The main focus is on preparing students to enter the labor market. Youth are demotivated with the concept of education in force, which does not undergo major changes. Education aims to be for everyone, but quality is only for a few. There is a limited inclusion of some and ample exclusion of many. Education is massified and ineffective. It tries to take into account diversities but this is done peripherally. There is an increase in violence, in conservative religious influence, and in the questioning of lay education. There is also an emphasis on results-based management, combined with an institutional framework that is participatory in nature, but with little effectiveness in influencing decision-making. The relationship between the public and private involves the provision of enrollments, determination of the management culture, and the sales/offering of solutions such as teaching systems, services, school materials and social technologies. This model, however, faces resistance and the contradictions and dilemmas in this scenario make it difficult to achieve the necessary change for the continued progress of educational policies.
The Sparrow is the symbol of the scenario. The species is abundant in temperate climate regions as well as in high mountain peaks exposed to cold and strong winds. Sparrows live as isolated couples and the male attacks neighboring birds that invade its territory. The bird has a technique of scratching the ground to get food by taking small jumps, “pecking without moving”. It may jump up to four consecutive times without changing the position of its legs, scratching the ground simultaneously with both claws, moving debris out of the way.