Bullying in Faculties of Education
Chapter 6 Neoliberal Politics Ruining Academia
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NEOLIBERAL POLITICS RUINING ACADEMIA
I think within a Marxist critique, we live in a highly consumerist, individualist, hyper, new liberal, capitalist society. All of those things mitigate against having effective decent normal human relations. They are not meant to bring people together. They are meant to divide people and to ensure there is competition; threats against men and women, white/black, different people in different power, etc. As long as education is structured that way, it’s not healthy.
(FROM INTERVIEW WITH WILLOW)
Ever since the Reagan-Thatcher era, a conservative wind has blown in the U.S. and in Europe, Canada, and Australia. Conservatism tends not to care much about education and higher education (Giroux, 2011, 2012, 2014a). Faculties of education are therefore in double trouble, as they are the education institutes for educators. As we have seen over the past three or four decades, universities in both North America and Europe have become more dependent on private funding, even though in Europe, government funding is still the main source. Universities are also increasingly being treated as corporations, or forced to operate as such. That is troublesome. As Noam Chomsky said: “Thinking like corporations is harming American universities” (Chomsky, 2013). From an American perspective, it may not be as clear how bad it is, since people in that country have an “allergy” against anything that remotely resembles socialism or communism. For example, the recently ← 145 | 146 →introduced Affordable Care Act has been...
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