Vol 4, No 10 (2013)
Table of Contents
Class Struggle and Education: Neoliberalism, (Neo)-conservatism, and the
Capitalist Assault on Public Education
In this article I examine the nexus, the mutually reinforcing connection between neoliberal and neoconservative ideology and social and political forces, and variation between countries such as Britain, the USA and Turkey. This analysis is then applied in particular to neoliberal/ neoconservative education `reform’ in England, focusing on marketisation, high-stakes testing, privatization and pre-privatisation, and the increased surveillance of teachers as a result of new public managerialism in education, as reinforced and enforced by the school inspection system. These effects are then related to the lived work experiences of specific teachers, using their own word. I conclude the article by examining and calling for resistance, for teachers and critical education workers to educate, agitate and organize in various arenas, and to consider the importance of political programme- in particular to consider the utility of the transitional programme as advanced by Trotsky.
THE ASSAULT ON UNIVERSITIES: A MANIFESTO FOR RESISTANCE
The UK White Paper on universities that was published in June contains yet more proposals that will embed the market ever deeper into our educational system through the entrance of private providers and the extension of a logic of financialisation. The deadline for submissions is 20 September and we encourage you to make a response (http://bit.ly/jpLET3).
We would also like to let you know that the manifesto has now been published in a book, ‘The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance’ (Pluto Press) which contains a series of short essays identifying the consequences of the reforms as well as possible alternatives. We are sure you will find it both stimulating and useful in your response to the attacks on higher education.
Details of the book are at: http://bit.ly/lKgYdE
You can also use the book and manifesto as the focus for a meeting, debate or other form of campaign activity where you work.
We would be delighted to help arrange a meeting on your campus and to build up a head of steam against the government’s disastrous reforms.
No university is immune and there will certainly be a good audience for a lively and topical meeting.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org (or email@example.com if you have trouble accessing gmail).
UK teachers strike over attacks on pensions.
Strikes will take place in schools, further education colleges and universities. This is action across the UK education sector on an unprecedented scale.