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Una Hanley. National Politics and Policy Education as it ‘should be’ according to Stake-holders … Local circumstances Education as lived out by participating.

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1 Una Hanley

2 National Politics and Policy Education as it ‘should be’ according to Stake-holders … Local circumstances Education as lived out by participating teachers, students, parents and others …

3 But the devil is in the detail…

4  Rolling back the support of the state for individuals.  Moving public services to a business model characterized by competition, accountability and profitability. Schools are very much part of this.  Freedoms for ‘the market’ and de-regulation of business practices, but intervention and micromanagement for public services.

5  An absolute concern for visible short term gains to appease shareholders often at the cost of investment, and the withdrawal of policies and practices which take longer to yield benefits.  Change, change, change - this is inevitable and necessary …  …. new layers of management equally necessary in order to deal with it.  The orientating of citizens as consumers.

6 The idea that the market should be allowed to make major social and political decisions; the idea that the State should voluntarily reduce its role in the economy, or that corporations should be given total freedom, that trade unions should be curbed and citizens given much less rather than more social protection--such ideas were utterly foreign to the spirit of the time (George, 1999, p.1). Extract from ‘A short History of Neoliberalism’ Presented by Susan George at the Conference on Economic Sovereignty in a Globalising World, Bangkok, March 1999.

7  For Foucault (1979, 1980, 1981) a discourse is a body of knowledge whose major characteristic is its disciplinary power. It fabricates a domain of reality by naming and signifying aspects of experience and constituting experience into thought.  This process enables documentation, computation, and evaluation of particular aspects of existence, rendering them thinkable, calculable and thus amenable to intervention.

8 There is a significant and increasing connectivity between governments and social policy, banks and financial institutions and the Institutes they support, Increasing numbers of for profit edu- businesses PISA envy


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