Thursday, 10 April 2008
Here is a contrary view of education from what governments are feeding us
Such an approach - that is, reinstating "ethics", "moral obligations" and "values" (not "value added") would go a long way to improving an education system severely degraded by governments pushing market approaches and solutions to improving schools and colleges. The real values of equality and democracy should determine that people have access to local schools and colleges that offer educational fulfilment for everyone regardless of class, race, or postcode. Currently, British education with its class-divides between private schools (confusedly called public schools), grammars, privately faith-led academies (a mad government idea) and comprehensives of various hues seems to be returning us to the Victorian age once again.
This post is indebted to the ideas of Professor Stephen J. Ball who has written extensively on this subject.