Neo-liberalism in the workplace – A thought

“Market rhetoric logic is that teachers are treated like education units and as a result they are performing as such and not an involved and committed professional.”

Innovation, creativity, professionalism and pride have all been tainted by the misunderstood nature of “market rhetoric” or neo-liberal reforms. Gaining gravitase in the 1950s through the world over for its “innovative” influences within the market place, it was therefore logically assumed that neo-liberalism was the cure needed for all aspects of the human condition that rendered a system ineffective.

The Human Condition:

  • Variability
  • Multi-faceted
  • Unpredictable
  • Loving
  • Passionate
  • Pride

Cure:

  • Remove variability
  • Remove external factors
  • Remove unpredictability
  • Remove love
  • Remove Passion
  • Remove Pride

Why? A system which runs on factors that can not be appropriately quantified and controlled can be assumed to be having a negative or inconsequential effect on what is considered desirable learning. The demand for absolute control and no professionalism makes 100% sure that maximum learning is occurring every second. To do this we need to remove all variables from both teacher and student.

It almost sounds like a segment from Orwell’s animal farm, “Let’s face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short.” (Will this be the final punch line in the staff room?)

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hward67

Teacher, Leader, Researcher, blogger, progressive educator.

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