chapter  9
Education, efficiency and resistance
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In the last chapter, we made reference to the way in which Lyotard’s work has a number of significant implications for the theory and practices of education. In this chapter, we wish to focus on these issues more specifically, as they provide a basis for understanding some of the changes that we are currently witnessing in the world of education and some of the possible stances that can be adopted in relation to these changes. At its most general, we can say that Lyotard, like other writers within the postmodern moment, argues that resistance and subversion are the key postmodern condition that replaces the emancipatory promises of modernity. Given education’s central role in the modern project, questions arise about how it does this and how it can respond in the postmodern moment.