ERIC Number: EJ982145
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Does Gove Really Want to Set Us Free?
FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, v54 n2 p273-284 2012
This article argues that one of the central paradoxes of neo-liberalism is currently being played out in the UK Coalition Government's education policy. Rhetoric that talks of freedoms to be enjoyed by schools and teachers is at variance with a centrally imposed, reductive view of the curriculum, continuing high-stakes scrutiny and the forcing of schools towards academy status. The coalition's hastily constructed legislation reveals a view of education that bears the hallmark of pragmatic marketisation with such limited freedoms as may be enjoyed existing in the context of reward for the compliant and acquiescent. The article concludes with a brief--and necessary--consideration of possibilities for resistance.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Politics of Education, Political Attitudes, Political Influences, Educational Policy, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Resistance to Change, Career Academies, Position Papers, Educational Legislation, National Standards, Teacher Education, Policy Analysis, Academic Freedom
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom