‘It Makes Us Believe That It Is About Our Freedom’: Notes on the Irony of the Learning Apparatus

  • Maarten Simons
  • Jan Masschelein
Part of the Educational Research book series (EDRE, volume 3)

The aim of this chapter is to reconsider the concepts ‘educationalization’ and ‘the grammar of schooling’ (see also Depaepe, 2005) in the light of the overwhelming importance that is ascribed to ‘learning‘ today. Indeed, the word ‘learning’ has come to be indispensable for speaking about ourselves, others and society. A whole range of human activities, from childrearing, having sex, eating or communication to travelling and using free time, being a citizen and an employee, are regarded as competence based. It is therefore felt that they require a prior learning process.


Human Capital Business Ethic Lifelong Learning Knowledge Worker Knowledge Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maarten Simons
    • 1
  • Jan Masschelein
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Educational Policy and Innovation and the Centre of Philosophy of Education, K.U. LeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.philosophy of educationK.U. LeuvenLeuven

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