I have just returned from a conference where local companies, businesses and schools discussed the idea of ‘Education, Enterprise and Employment’ in Bradford and I have to say I’m absolutely numb from the whole experience.
The aim of the rather lavish experience was: “to develop, inspire and empower young people to make a positive contribution to our economic success through activities held in collaboration with businesses across the city.”
Educating young people to achieve qualifications (and at the same time develop effective non cognitive skills) in order for them find work and land a job is what we do. What we shouldn’t be doing however, is creating economic fodder to support the neoliberal society of the UK. Or as Professor Henry A. Giroux writes about in the US:
“The apostles of neoliberalism are concerned primarily with turning public schools over to casino capitalism in order to transform them into places…
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