What is the relationship between social governance and schooling?

Tait, Gordon (2004) What is the relationship between social governance and schooling? In Burnett, Bruce, Meadmore, Daphne, & Tait, Gordon (Eds.) New Questions for Contemporary Teachers : Taking a Socio-cultural Approach to Education. Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest, N.S.W., pp. 13-24.

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The most frequently told story charting the rise of mass schooling should be fairly familiar to most of us. This story normally centres around the post-enlightenment social changes of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and details how society slowly became more caring and more humane, and how we all decided that rather than simply being fodder for the mills, all children – including those from the working-classes - had the right to an education. The more civilised we became, the more we pushed back the school leaving age, until we eventually developed schools which clearly reflected the values and ambitions of the wider community. After all, are school not simply microcosms of society at large? In addition to this, the form that modern schooling takes is regarded as an unproblematic part of the same story. Of course we should organise our learning in the way we do, with the emphasis on formalised learning spaces, graded curricula, timetables of activities, various forms of assessment, and a clear hierarchy of authority. These features of the contemporary education merely reflect the fact that this is self-evidently the best system available. After all, how else could education possibly be organised?

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ID Code: 28821
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Governance, Foucault, Discipline, Surveillance, Liberalism
ISBN: 9781741032260
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Deposited On: 25 Nov 2009 06:24
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2010 16:50

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