One of the most regressive elements in education presently is the idea that learning is just another commodity. Once this is accepted it can be reduced by a managerial outlook into a series of production elements.
There is a regressive element in education which adopts such a view. It can be identified when you see an excessive zeal for testing, as if testing is the source of learning improvement. A restricted view of the curriculum and an unyielding preoccupation with ‘the basics’ also characterises such thinking – almost as if you are preparing students for the economy of the 1950s. There is an overemphasis on ‘selection’, as if education, rather than being a public good that serves all, is to be rationed to those who meet a certain, and spurious, academic performance target by a particular age.
A US example of this thinking, and how a company has brought industrial paradigms into the classroom, is highlighted in this recent Huffington Post article: Battle in Illinois Over the ‘McDonaldization’ of Teacher Education | Alan Singer