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schooling has a purpose reproduction of labour & social relations (ideology)
to enlarge their class sphere "technically" and "ideologically": their conception was that of a closed caste. capable of absorbing the entire society.."The previous ruling classes were essentially conservative in the sense that they did not tend to construct an organic passage from the other classes into their own.e. assimilating it to its own cultural and economic level. the state has become an'educator' ." Gramsci . i. The entire function of the state has been transformed. The bourgeois class poses itself as an organism in continuous movement..
"Cultivating worker productivity involves massive amounts of behavioral and ideological management on the part of the ruling elite. knowing full well that "without workers. the entire capitalist system would grind to a halt" Ollman . consumers and citizens who are well versed in and accepting of their roles in these processes.
regulating the Freire . education can be said to have developed over the last century as a way of “way the world 'enters into' the students”.In essence.
teaching them to act the way money acts."Day after day. The few children who manage to be children must have a lot of magic and a lot of luck. children are denied the right to be children. are chained to televisions and trained to live the life of prisoners." Galeano . to turn them into garbage. And those in the middle. neither rich nor poor. The world treats rich kids as if they were money. The world treats poor kids as if they were garbage.
fast life: from birth rich kids are trained for consumption and speed. They feel at home navigating cyberspace the way homeless children do wandering city streets.Fast foods. Galeano . and their voyage through childhood confirms that machines are more trustworthy than people. fast cars.
The processes of ideological and labour construction and reproduction are contested .
" Paolo Freire . the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world."Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom.
whether values or empirical dimensions of reality." Freire . The contents. reveals its fundamentally narrative character. tend in the process of being narrated to become lifeless and petrified. listening objects (the students). This relationship involves a narrating Subject (the teacher) and patient."A careful analysis of the teacher-student relationship at any level inside or outside the school.
disconnected from the totality that engendered them and could give them significance. compartmentalized.contents which are detached from reality. and predictable. alienated. and alienating verbosity."The teacher talks about reality as if it were motionless." Freire . Words are emptied of their concreteness and become a hollow. Or else he expounds on a topic completely alien to the existential experience of the students. static. His task is to "fill" the students with the contents of his narration .
“. with the ideological intent (often not perceived by educators) of indoctrinating them to adapt to the world of oppression”.. education as the exercise of domination stimulates the credulity of students. Freire ..
one that assumes that its target audience can only expand its personal identity by association with consumer products. through education." Sullivan . In that respect alone. challenge the force of consumer society. thereby."Marx saw possibilities for generating. By becoming creators rather than consumers … the more able we are to affirm our own identity. creators rather than consumers which would. education is the best weapon against the patronizing cynicism of the advertising industry.
Education & neoliberalism "The consumer or client replaces the learner. Audits (based on performance indicators) measure success defined in terms of hitting the targets. Aims are spelt out in terms of targets. so we have proportionately lost a language of education which recognises the intrinsic value of pursuing certain sorts of question … of seeking understanding [and] of exploring through literature and the arts what it means to be human. … As the language of performance and management has advanced." Mansell . The curriculum is delivered.
If we were to turn our backs on the global economy. It reaches deep into our lives and implicates all of us as consumers and workers.Charles Leadbeater. argues that one of the main forces ruling the world economy today is “knowledge capitalism”: "the drive to generate new ideas and turn them into commercial products and services which consumers want. a former Downing Street adviser." . disseminating and exploiting new knowledge is the dynamo behind rising living standards and economic growth. This process of creating. we would also leave behind the huge creative power of the knowledge economy.
Backing Australia’s Ability (2001) describes education in terms of “developing skills.. and tutoring them into commercial success .. generating new ideas through research.. inculcating the desire to be entrepreneurial towards all knowledge .. “the knowledge economy is about addressing all students as potential entrepreneurs and it treats all knowledge as potential fodder for private accumulation” .
employment participation and workplace cooperation – are all ultimately about the same thing: Productivity. training." . schooling.Julia Gillard. the areas covered by my portfolios – early childhood education and childcare. in 2007 speaking to the Australian Industry Group: "In today’s world. So while my portfolios can be a mouthful. social inclusion. I’ll be happy to be referred to simply as ‘the Minister for Productivity. universities.
Young people. education & rebellion .
many full-time. for most. one’s relation to others. Close to three quarters of students work while in school. Meanwhile. it’s debt. Education is a commodity like everything else that we want without caring for... It is a thing. it thereby teaches us how to be consumers. We work to make money we have already spent. " . how to fall prey to petty anxieties. is purchased first with money and then with the demonstration of obedience. If the university teaches us primarily how to be in debt. the level of employment we obtain while students is the same that awaits after graduation. First we pay. One’s future position in the system. what we acquire isn’t education. how to waste our labor power. And the jobs we work toward are the jobs we already have. then we 'work hard' . and our future labor has already been sold on the worst market around ..Communiqué from an Absent Future "We work and we borrow in order to work and to borrow.. and it makes its purchasers into things.
youth no longer symbolize one of the most crucial investments enabling a society to build on its dreams. such as the schools modeled as prisons. rising food costs. a drain on resources. and relegated to either the infantilizing world of consumerism or to various punishing sites of disposability. the criminal justice system." Henry Giroux . and the indignity of having to live with their parents."Out of place and subject to a grating diversity of realities that reveal massive unemployment. underpaid temporary work. Under a the global reach of neoliberalism with its “political economy of mass dispossession and predatory practices. skyrocketing tuition. or even worse.” young people are now viewed as trouble. escalating rent. deepening poverty.
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