John Morgan: The dangerous rise of the creative educational class Event as iCalendar

02 November 2017

12 - 1pm

Venue: N356, N Block, Epsom Campus

Location: 74 Epsom Avenue, Epsom, Auckland

Host: The School of Curriculum and Pedagogy

Cost: Free

Contact info: No registration required

John Morgan
John Morgan

School of Curriculum and Pedagogy (CURRPD) Seminar Series

New Zealand’s economy faces a productivity crisis. New Zealanders work harder and earn less than most other people in the developed world. The large gaps in productivity and income levels compared with its better performing OECD peers is a long-standing issue that pre-dates the advent of the internet” (NZ Productivity Commission 2015). Enterprise, innovation and creativity are required to overcome this crisis, and education, which can provide the human capital to re-boot economic growth, is central. As if by magic, the past decade has seen the emergence of a ‘creative educational class’ which questions the model of traditional schooling and argues that the new post-industrial era requires schools that are open, flexible and where previously fixed categories are dissolved.’

In this presentation I will argue that the rise of the creative educational class is an exercise in utopian imagination. Influential commentators such as James Gee, Henry Jenkins, Colin Lankshear, Charles Leadbeater, Guy Claxton and co., base their arguments on a partial and uncritical reading of the economic literature, from which over-blown conclusions about the future of schools are extrapolated. New Zealand has its own, home-brewed, version of the creative education class.

The presentation will examine the ways in which ‘actually existing economies’ are changing, and suggest that these arguments have very different implications for New Zealand schooling than those envisaged by the creative educational class.