• Downloads: Attitudinal Grooming in Ontario's Schools

    Author(s):
    Susan Marie Martin (see profile)
    Date:
    2011
    Subject(s):
    Education, Sociology of education
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    canada, neoliberalism, ontario
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6CH0Q
    Abstract:
    For twenty years, public institutions in Ontario have been dominated by socioeconomic interests that insist on a ‘lean state’ and corporate-friendly economy; the health of the marketplace is positioned as the key to a healthy and content citizenry. Secondary school reforms at the close of the province’s last structural recession mirrored and extended Ontario’s capitalist restructuring by encouraging the linking of student identities to the marketplace. The belief that individual achievement in the economy as a worker is dependent upon society’s ability to integrate skills and competencies training into schooling prevails: post-secondary success professionally and as consumers, the message goes, will, otherwise, elude graduates. An analysis of the policy and curriculum documents that guided the re-culturing of Ontario’s secondary schools reveals the government’s efforts to conscript youth into this agenda, grooming this attitudinally as ‘useful’ workers in the global economy. Thus schools-responding to both the needs of capital and the goals of capital-have become a territory where students are offered few political alternatives.
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    Published as:
    Proceedings article
    Pub. DOI:
    http://www.ucc.ie/en/media/academic/appliedsocialstudies/docs/SusanMartin.pdf
    Publisher:
    Department of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork
    Proceeding:
    Corporate Downloads
    Start Page:
    28
    End Page:
    42
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    3 months ago
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    All Rights Reserved

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