1Bachelor of Ass. Introduction into the backgrounds oft the Bologna-reform-process.Marcel S. Mansouri
Bachelor of Ass
A short introduction into the backgrounds of the Bologna-reform-process and its efforts in Germany.
Marcel S. Mansouri, 24, student at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel.StudiesSociology and Political Science in the 7
term. Specialized on political communication andsocial inequality analysis. Bachelor of Ass is the title of a manifesto he wrote in spring2009 to illustrate the failure of the Bologna-Process in Germany. He concluded that thereforms not just economize the education system, but are all at once budget cutbackswhich come in through the backdoor. The state is pulling out of the education systemstep by step so the potential protestors do not realize the privatization until it is too late.But the great tragedy is the fact, that the ethos of studying as a homo economicus is notsomething which had to be created, it is a widespread motivation to study because of theprospect of better chances on the job market and at last a prospect of wealth.
"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school."
Part I: What they stole from us
In the end, what is it, what studying is about? Is it about success? Is it about understandingthe world or the meaning of life? Is it meant to be the key to the world of prosperity andwealth, or is it a human right, the right of every human being to get behind its own desiresand reach a state of felicity? Let’s be honest –it is about success. Maybe not for you and forme, but, regarding the organizational structures of our society, Universities are institutionsfor social selection. Indeed they can be the key to the world of prosperity. It depends onthe angle from which you look at the question. Do you want a normative answer or do youwant to get behind the organizational structure of autilitariancapitalist society?
world radiates disaster triumphant.“
This quote of the famous philosophersand sociologists Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno catapults us to the keypoint of the whole discussion about education, society, individuality and mass stupidity.Enlightement used to be a process of emancipationof the intellectual elites in feudalistEurope, beginning in the 18
century as a process of demystification of religion, state,hierarchy, and all the traditions that used to legitimize the societal structuresof that time.Meanwhile there was a class struggle between the old feudalist elites and the rising class of bourgeois, whose influence and power grew with the progress of industrialization. Thosewere the ones who could afford education that time and therefore were the ones to notonly question the legitimacy of the social structure, but also think about alternative modelsof society which in their view would be better than the ruling aristocratic system.The german philosopher Jürgen Habermas wrote 1969, in an essay about the 1968students-protest movement, that the success of Hitler in spreading his inhuman ideology,