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Education in Deleuze's Control Society

For some weekend reading, check out Postscript on the Societies of Control.

It probably won’t take much to convince you that standardized testing has more to do with power and discipline than with education. Whether in a factory or school, measurement and standardization swim together, creating a powerful tide that we have little trouble recognizing. We know what it feels like to be caught in it, and our culture posts warning signs in abundance.

In opposition to the standardized testing movement, a clear and strong agenda has emerged that promises to remake school in the image of freedom and creativity. And what do freedom and creativity look like? A job at Google.

In his prescient Postscript on the Societies of Control (1990), Gilles Deleuze argues that “just as the corporation replaces the factory, perpetual training tends to replace the school, and continuous control to replace the examination.” This is precisely the danger that we must be aware of when we overly rely on corporate agendas to reshape education.

 

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