in which I try out a metaphor

I was trying to explain to someone how Ofsted causes such immense stress and dysfunctional behaviour in schools: how primary school teachers spend twice their teaching hours every day plus time at weekends to do the demanded paperwork; how schools make data show value add; how teachers are terrified of taking over an assessment of (and target for) a pupil they know to be fiction; how heads dread that phone call for months, even years.

Then I remembered how The Sopranos provided such a perfect metaphor for US society under neoliberalism. And the right metaphor for what Ofsted does came right after.

Here it is.


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