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ERIC Number: ED413644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 16
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The Educational Costs of Managerialism.
Bates, Richard
Managerialism is an ideology with two distinct claims: (1) efficient management can solve almost any problem; and (2) practices that are appropriate for the conduct of private-sector enterprises can also be applied to the public sector (Rees, 1995). This paper examines these claims in relation to education as a public service. Specifically, the paper contrasts the practices of managerialism with the requirements of the message systems of schools: curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment. Outcomes of managerialism include decreased local control, increased control of the labor force, the measurement of efficiency in economic terms, less emphasis on equal access and quality, and the disempowerment of teachers. The hyper-rationalization and overburdening of schools that are introduced by accountability measures may close the system down, reducing performance by lessening the time and effort that teachers can spend teaching. Moreover, the effects of market forces and competition for resources are already creating cultural and social differences--by punishing need through the withdrawal of resources and rewarding lack of need. (Contains 27 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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