School, teacher, knowledge – the metaphor of failure
How to transform, revolutionise, to change? Foucault perhaps gives us a way foward, to reflect on how power has been created and sustained via the discourse. In “education”, and I put that in quotes to reflect on later; the discourse is about seperating the teacher from the learner, students attend a school, they have a curriculum imposed upon them. It is not about learning but acquiring knowledge, levels of which will determine to what profession you can desire to join. So the power in education is wrapped up in a language determined by professions, which control all aspects of society, a control which is perpetuated by the system it seeks to control not change.
The argument that education is industrial is a convenient distraction from the “truth”, the “reality” is that it is a system designed to fail those who cannot gain the knowledge required to access the professions, and it is the professions who need a fractured “broken” society to maintain their status – indeed what would happen in the professions had achieve we their goal – resulting in the depression of the profession.
Wrapped up in this is the langage of education, designed so that the word becomes more that the letters, sounds, it is a metaphor for subjection and failure – school, teacher, knowledge, student – these words are the metaphors for barrier and failure. Only those who can accept the terms offered and engage with it’s demands can gain access to the system, and to the riches it controls.
To change this metaphor of failure needs a new discourse. What metaphor we want to create has already started, every child matters, transformation, democracy. By deleting the words from the metaphor of failure, engages a new discourse, and then change can start to happen, and before we know it we will talk of a need of a new discourse to deal with the next set of issues that humanity by it’s nature catalyses.