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ERIC Number: EJ871545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1047-8248
Preparing Teachers for the Neoliberal Panopticon
Webb, P. Taylor; Briscoe, Felecia M.; Mussman, Mark P.
Educational Foundations, v23 n3-4 p3-18 Sum-Fall 2009
In this article, we critically analyze how neoliberalism, as a political-economic discourse, uses surveillance to produce a stratified student body for economic roles. Panoptic technologies regulate schools and teachers by perpetuating an "ethics of competition" that promote a market mentality of "educational choice" while propagating educational apartheid. We use the current U.S.A. legislation, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), as a foil for our argument and illustrate how some educators have fabricated spectacles in attempts to resist the performance pressure of neoliberal surveillance. We end our discourse by discussing pedagogical fabrications as moments of neoliberal resistance and conclude with ways teacher education might prepare educators to respond more collectively to the educational inequities produced form reducing education to an economic enterprise. (Contains 4 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 - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001