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ERIC Number: EJ891179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
The Hatred of Public Schooling: The School as the "Mark" of Democracy
Masschelein, Jan; Simons, Maarten
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v42 n5-6 p666-682 Aug 2010
This article takes up a text that Ranciere published shortly after "The Ignorant School Master" appeared in French, "Ecole, production, egalite" ["School, Production, Equality"] (1988), in which he sketched the school as being preeminently the place of equality. In this vein, and opposed to the story of the school as the place where inequality is reproduced and therefore in need of reform, the article wants to recount the story of the school as the invention of a site of equality and as primordially a public space. Inspired by Ranciere, we indicate first how the actual (international and national) policy story about the school and the organizational technologies that accompany it install and legitimate profound inequalities, which consequently can no longer be questioned (and become "invisible"). Second, the article recasts and rethinks different manifestations of equality and of "public-ness" in school education and, finally, indicates various ways in which these manifestations are neutralized or immunized in actual discourses and educational technologies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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