The so-called “small state” government have pledged to intrude in schools to place “demand-led, Jobcentre Plus staff to supplement careers guidance and help schools deliver their statutory duty to provide high-quality, independent and impartial careers advice.”
See government press release: Jobcentre Plus support rolled out to schools.
Isn’t all existing careers advice impartial?
Ah, “impartial” means “to inform independent choice,” according to the newly introduced Careers and Enterprise Company, who will work with Jobcentre Plus staff “to ensure schools receive a coherent and aligned offer.”
Aligned to what?
The needs of local businesses and the labour market, and not the needs of young people.
To inform independent choice. That’s a bit like saying “If you do everything I say, you will be truly free to decide things.” The Tories are experts in linguistic behaviourism, telling lies, prejudice and social control freakery, but not very much else.
Impartial. It’s another one of those Tory definitions that mean something else completely. Like “helping” or “supporting”people into work, which actually means “imposing punitive sanctions” if you don’t do exactly what you are told, and actually, quite often, even if you do. I’ve never understood how starvation and destitution can ever help or “incentivise” anyone to find a job, especially when experience and empirical evidence tells us otherwise. The welfare state has been weaponised against the people it was designed to support: a penultimate, vindictive Tory tactic before they completely dismantle it once and for all.
In 2015, the government’s Earn or Learn taskforce announced a new 3-week programme to give young jobseekers an “unprecedented level of support that will help them find work within 6 months.” I don’t want the Tories “supporting” my children. I don’t want them anywhere near young people more generally. Regressive Tory “support” has killed adults. There is no conceivable way that this bunch of tyrants can ever be trusted with our children’s future.
From 2017, the new programme will offer “an intensive curriculum” involving practicing job applications and interview techniques as well as extensive job searches, and is expected to take 71 hours over the first 3 weeks of the claim. Welcome to the ultimate paternalist dystopic “education” programme.
This “expert employment support to young people” has been launched by two utterly inept, lying, purely dogmatic and partisan Conservatives with a history of formulating extremely nasty, punitive appoaches to “welfare and wellbeing”, Iain Duncan Smith and Priti Patel.
Someone should put them straight: education includes the opportunity to attend college and university. Curiously, the Conservative brand of “impartial” career advice seems to be all about business “leading the way.” Children from the age of twelve are to be coached to undertake “work experience.” To clarify, that’s work fare – stacking shelves at Poundland or sweeping floors at your local McDonald’s, for no pay.
It’s difficult to see what kind of educational process such a Conservative “curriculum ” entails, although it does include a sequence of instruction: a barely concealed hidden curriculum which reinforces existing social inequalities by “educating” students according to their class, promoting the acceptance of a social pre-destiny of exploitation without promoting rational and reflective consideration. A veritable pedagogy of the oppressed.
Duncan Smith babbles:
This scheme is fundamentally about social mobility and social justice – ensuring we give all young people the best chance to get on in life.
Someone should tell this idiot that social justice is all about the fair and just relationship between the individual and society. This is measured by the distribution of wealth, resources, opportunities, freedoms for personal activity and social privileges. It is about removing barriers to social mobility, the creation of social safety nets and economic justice. There is no mention of work fare for adults and children, exploitation, corporate profits and Tory donors in any standard definition of social justice anywhere.
It’s not as if the Conservatives have historically shown the slightest interest in and recognition of human potential. That’s far too progressive and would require the capacity for democratic dialogue instead of paternalist preaching and lofty class-contingent, traditionally prejudiced, moralising. The Tories have always prefered a steeply hierarchical world, comprised of ascribed social status.
What the Conservatives plan is a blatant programme of indoctrination and political micromanagement to ensure that young people learn their place and accept a future of exploitative, low paid, insecure jobs, without the prospect of real opportunities or the chance to go to university. It’s more psychopolitics and has nothing to do with genuine needs-led policy.
And it’s to be delivered in our schools: transforming them from Ideological State Apparatuses – ideologies have the function of masking the exploitative arrangements on which class societies are based – into unmasked Repressive State Apparatuses. Hidden in plain view.
Authoritarianism tends to become more visible and frankly expressed over time.