This short monograph was written by Neil Richards, a Trustee of the 21st Century Learning Initiative in response to the publication of Tony Little’s book, An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Education.
Battling for the Soul of Education
Moving beyond school reform to educational transformation:
The findings and recommendations of 3 decades of synthesis
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It is a month since the Election, and the new coalition government is beginning to shake itself out. Last summer the Initiative issued a Briefing Paper for Parliamentarians on the Design Faults at the Heart of English Education. Each MP had a copy and so shortly will all recently-elected Members.
From a recently retired grammar school teacher: “In this first decade of the century many teachers have reached the end of their careers with the feeling that education in this country has lost its way, that the ambitions they had as young teachers have been thwarted and that opportunities have been wasted. From the top […]
rom a prospective Parliamentary candidate: “As usual, you employ very powerful and cogent arguments, and I think the Paper will make many candidates think who may not have previously spent much time reflecting on the validity (or otherwise) of their pre-conceived ideas about education policy.” From an Australian research organisation: “I think your Paper is […]
Response From the General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders has come this response: I have read much of the paper, but I cannot say it fills me with enthusiasm, although there is plenty in it with which I agree. There is indeed far too much political interference in education, but we […]
Response The MP for Glenrothes and Central Fife, Lindsay Roy, has recently commended the Briefing Paper. Before his election to Westminster in 2008 he was the Rector of Kirkcaldy High School. Commenting on the Briefing Paper he wrote: As a former head teacher of 20 years standing, a former president of the Head Teachers’ Association […]
In an article in The Spectator on July 11th the philosopher David Selbourne (author of “The Principle of Duty”) wrote that the present Parliamentary crisis is only one symptom of a larger corruption of public and civic institutions. He argued that the greed of Parliamentarians is merely one manifestation of the subordination of civic virtues […]
The observant blogger probably thought that I had run out of steam when, after producing a dozen blogs in as many days in February, I suddenly stopped. “What’s gone wrong?” asked one; “Will you start again?” said another. But, truth to tell, most people hardly noticed! A blog to be of any use has to […]
With a General Election in England to be held sometime before June 2010 the Initiative has just produced A Briefing Paper for Parliamentarians on the Design Faults at the Heart of English Education. This will be circulated for all Members, hopefully before the Summer Recess. At the same time the Initiative will do everything it can to stimulate wide popular discussion of the Ten Actions as set out in the Paper by encouraging all Parliamentary candidates to consider the significance of these issues.
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