The Game: Racing Against Time

Jie Yu

Abstract


This paper first examines Frederick Winslow Taylor's theory of scientific management, especially his time and motion study, as it relates to the "cult of efficiency" in education and then analyzes the hidden dangers behind the conceptualization and daily practice of "time on task" in schools. Finally, the paper explores the struggles against these dangers or the ghost of control in the fettered time on mechanical clocks and watches and calls for a careful listening and responding to the living rhythms of time.


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