With educational issues on the rise, we’re facing a grand problem in the UK education system. The actions taken to change this are simply not sufficient or basically, thought through. Back in 2018, people have discussed the troubles caused by the neoliberal system of education. The national education service has an aim to reduce these problems and find a solution to this particular problem.

What is the Problem?

The neoliberal education system makes young students jump through hoops and promotes inequality in almost every sense. Despite the fact that we live in a democratic world where people are supposed to be equal, even our educational system pushes back on the society’s advancements.

Ever since the labour national education service published the 2017 manifesto, they’ve worked hard on appealing to members of the wider public, trying to find a solution to such issues. These solutions include reduced costs for education, increased availability and funding, all of which would allow people to use their potential and obtain the education they so deserve.

All this is harder than it seems. There can’t be one change that fixes all educational problems and opens new opportunities for education in the country or worldwide. Therefore, the scope of the policies of the labour national education system goes from introducing post-qualification admissions to reducing or eliminating the education costs.

To make this possible, TWT meets to focus on the areas where the current policy falls short. Activists, academics, and politicians join to debate the ways of improving education. In other words, everything from the assessment system to the phasing out of private schools is discussed, as well as the underlying issues that cause all these inequalities and problems.

So, what is the biggest problem, really?

The biggest problem lies in neoliberal capitalism. Heather Roberts, an educational expert at the nursing essay writing service UK.Edubirdie.com explains the problem: ‘We are so fixated to creating citizens that will be economically productive that we constantly create societal inequalities. Right now, it is normal to do obsessive testing and our policies of zero-tolerance are higher than ever.’ – she says.

In part, this relies on our aim to do what we know works. Instead of focusing on the values that underpin efficiency, we focus on standards. Grades are the only thing that matter today, not the curriculum’s integrity or your set of skills.

This was even more accented during the celebration of some free schools exam results. At this point, the concerns about authoritarian policies and didactic pedagogies were basically – brushed aside.

What Can Be Done?

If we want to make a change, a real change to our poorly functioning education system, we must first understand, detect, and expose this neoliberal ideology. The damage it is causing to our system is unmistakable, but getting rid of it will certainly not be easy.

It’s an ideological fight that draws on radical pedagogy. By evaluating all possible steps and income from our actions, we can articulate values, goals, and new focuses for our education. Such changes must promote justice on a social level, equality, and empower the many.

This goes beyond just our country. The panel proceeds to address the ways that our education can center the students, starting from the curriculum to the testing.

The least discussed, yet highly important issue is that of giving people control to make this change. This is the crucial step in making all of this happen.

People need to be taught and allowed to take some control in steering education in the right direction. With over forty years of privatization in our education system, many of the democratic structures that we had before have become eroded. The reverse of this is essential.

The democratization of educational institutions will have an impact of the society as a whole. If we get rid of the neoliberal system by turning educational institutions into community-based cooperatives instead of organizations that outsource to multinational corporations, we’re expecting a grand change in our democracy and economy. A properly handled, democratized, and successful National Education Service has the true potential to be socially useful, and on a high level.

Another issue that’s most pressing is that of accountability and assessment. The current mechanism for both are detrimental to the education. Unless we make some changes based on the importance of monitoring the learning process, we won’t be able to give students access to fair and proper education.

Right now, we’re looking at a narrowed, strict curriculum and never-ending tasks and exams. Students don’t learn to love knowledge, but become so overwhelmed and tired that they’re starting to hate it. Because of the pressure the educational system has on students today, especially those in the higher academic levels, students are losing their desire to learn, and in return, their knowledge suffers.

The most promising changes in this sense were introduced at the NEU conference where the Labour discussed the over-testing. They agreed to abolish the Sats and started consulting alternatives. For children of primary schools, this would involve observation while they do practical tasks, as well as the use of portfolios of work.

 

Author’s Bio

Robert Everett is an educator and a fighter for proper education. He strives to make education more efficient and modernized and judges the traditional, barely functional dogmatic of the outdated educational systems. In his articles, you’ll read about his amazing work, as well as great ideas for the educational system.

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