Pilate asked: “What is truth?” No, this is not just another attack on the “post-truth” brigade – Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, and the rest engaged in counter-revolution against liberal society. Every serious person knows that the consequences for universities of leaving the EU, and the wider Brexit-style tide of reaction, will be dire. Whatever social media trolls so aggressively believe, there is no upside.
There are other dubious “truths” – in particular, the cult of performance. As well as a knowledge society, the audit society, the network society, we have now have the performance society.
The signs are everywhere – targets (and “stretch” targets) for organisations and performance management of individuals; Ofsted scores in schools; and gold-silver-bronze rankings in the forthcoming Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in higher education.
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