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ERIC Number: EJ1005543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
Reporting the "Education Revolution": MySchool.edu.au in the Print Media
Mockler, Nicole
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v34 n1 p1-16 2013
Launched in January 2010, the MySchool.edu.au website, which ranks and compares schools on the basis of standardised literacy and numeracy tests, has been the subject of intense media coverage. This article examines 34 editorials focused on MySchool, published from October 2009 to August 2010, and identifies three key narratives in operation, those of distrust, choice and performance. It argues that these narratives work together to reinforce and promote neoliberal educational discourses at the heart of what Michael Apple has termed the "conservative modernisation" of education and other social services. Together, the dominant narratives position MySchool and the ensuing newspaper-generated and published league tables as the solution to problems of poor performance, "bad" schools and "bad" teachers in the face of times characterised by self-interested teachers and governments keen to shirk their responsibility in the education arena. (Contains 2 tables, 1 figure and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia