Does Gove Really Want to Set Us Free? (FORUM 2)

Author: JON BERRY

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Publication date: June 1, 2012

JON BERRY

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.

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