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By Terri Seddon, Lawrence B. Angus

A radical research of swap in Australian schooling. that includes contributions from 12 schooling execs, it examines the consequences of reform and restructuring in the course of the region to thereby map the chances for the continuing redecorate of Australian schooling.

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Some of the original tasks of mass education in securing a pacific and governable citizenry may be incapable of ‘market’ formulation and would seem to require the permanent and large-scale governmental planning and funding. Even if education ministries continue to Xch1E2 15/4/04 12:11 PM Page 23 COMPETENT CITIZENS AND LIMITED TRUTHS 23 devolve the administration of school systems, education will continue to be attached to a technical infrastructure that will statistically register phenomena such as educational attainment, vocational destination, unemployment rates and living standards.

15/4/04 12:12 PM Page 31 EDUCATION AND ECONOMY: A REVIEW OF MAIN ASSERTIONS 31 It can be noted that in the comparison to other OECD countries, Australia has a relatively low level of government outlays. 1. Figure 1 70 60 % of GDP 50 40 30 20 10 en ce e Ne Sw ed s nd er la m th er Fr an an y da na Ca Th Source: OECD, 1999 G UK d an al Ze Ne w US Ja pa n lia tra Au s ea 0 Ko r Xch2E2 Only Korea is shown to have a lower rate of total outlay than Australia. 4 provides comparisons with a range of OECD countries for educational outlays.

The reason for our scepticism here should be clear enough: The administrative intelligibility of schooling was the achievement not of ‘conscience and consciousness’, but of an expert-technical objectification effected by intellectual technologies housed, not in the community but in the bureau. There is little reason to think that these intellectual techniques can be put at the disposal of communities, nor, given the history of community-based schooling, is there much incentive for thinking that they should be.

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