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A Failure of Democracy: A Current Postscript

A Failure of Democracy: A Current Postscript English Education at the start of the 21st Century[1] John Abbott, in a discussion with his assistant of five years Jim Robinson, reflects on the political and philanthropic landscapes, and the rise of globalised solutions… Jim Robinson (JR): I came to work with the Initiative in September 2010, […]

“This Remarkable Work”; an Appreciation by Sir Gustav Nossal

This personal endorsement was received in September 2008. I first met Sir Gus Nossal in Melbourne, Australia, when addressing the Wesley College Trustees. Download the PDF here: This Remarkable Work; an Appreciation by Sir Gustav Nossal

Towards a totalitarian education system in England

An authoritative overview of the political changes imposed on English education in the last 30 years

Some thoughts on the implications of technological change, and high levels of unemployment, on schools

“Mankind is in the middle of a revolution which has every prospect of making a more significant impact on our way of life than did the Industrial Revolution….. The end of the twentieth century is the mind stretching age of technological change; the ingenuity of mankind seems able to open doors that we hardly knew […]

The Difficult Birth of a Transformative Idea; The story up to 1987

Emphasis was placed on community involvement and responsibility; the utilisation of technology in an open and more dynamic forms of learning; re-orientating the curriculum and preparing young people for adulthood in times of rapid and complex change; through both formal and informal learning.

Thesis 96 – Curriculum for Sustainability

The day is not far off when the economic problem will take the backseat where it belongs, and the arena of the heart and head will be occupied, or reoccupied, by our real problems — the problems of life and of human relations, of creation and behaviour and religion1.   We are nearly at the […]

Thesis 82 – Making More Sense

While there has to be an absolute limit to what a person can be taught, and even more to what they can memorise, there is no limit to what a motivated person who knows how to think, and collaborate with others, can learn for themselves.   Curious as it may seem the Department of Education […]

Thesis 76 – Prime Ministers as Headteachers

Education is a most slippery concept to define, especially when it is used in conjunction with either a political or religious expectation.  When politicians claim that education is their number one agenda item, we should ask, persistently, education for what?  As in all bold statements the devil may too often be found only in the […]

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