Anarchy & the EYLF Pirates

Refuse. Resist. Rebuild.

Working in the Panopticon


I hear some educators now have to sign a log every time they leave the room even to go the toilet.

Incidents! they cry. Ratios! Evacuation!

But it is not that.
A roster proves that there are enough educators and where they are supposed to be. Trusted adults can be assumed to be where the roster says they should be. People who are in danger of not observing the roster can equally rort the sign-in book.

It is not about that.
It is about working in the Panopticon.

Educators, what does it mean to work in the Panopticon?

What it means is that they don’t respect you.
You can tell they don’t respect you because they don’t trust you.
Where there is trust and respect, we assume that everyone is doing what they are supposed to do, and being truthful about it.

Read your Foucault.

If they want us to be responsible adults who can be trusted to look after children, wouldn’t it be nice if they trusted us to do the job conscientiously.

(c) Grainne O’Malley 2015

Anarchy & the EYLF Pirates

Refuse. Resist. Rebuild.


2 comments on “Working in the Panopticon

  1. Lesley O'Brien
    August 25, 2015

    Hear hear!!!! Our lastest A&R visit the assessor wanted us to chage to the system where staff sign out and in and state why everytime they left the floor. Staff were so stressed by it I made the decision to revert back to the system that we currently had in place which clearly show arrival lunches/breaks/programming and departure. My attitude is bring it on and I’ll stand my ground we show everything that regs require.
    Respect for writing that, thank you.

  2. Renee
    August 26, 2015

    If there isn’t trust in a relationship there isn’t really a relationship.

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