Taking notes 60: why teachers matter in dark times

Originally posted on Philosophers for Change:
[Credit: Joe Magee.] by Henry A. Giroux Americans live in a historical moment that annihilates thought. Ignorance now provides a sense of community; the brain has migrated to the dark pit of the spectacle; the only discourse that matters is about business; poverty is now viewed as a technical…

Neoliberalism – how it travels, and how it can be resisted

Originally posted on Reclaiming Schools:
by Professor Stephen Ball, UCL Institute of Education This article is based on chapter 3 of Flip the system: changing education from the ground up, a new book published in association with teacher unions around the world. It explains some of the ways in which the economic and political project called Neoliberalism impacts…

Do we really want equity in education?

by George Gilchrist We are experiencing a time in education where equity and the closing of attainment gaps for those learners who are facing the most challenging of social circumstances, seems to be high on everyone’s agenda. Much research has been produced and papers written about the negative impacts experienced by young people from theContinue reading “Do we really want equity in education?”

Illuminate the Darkness – the need for Critical Pedagogy

Originally posted on tait coles @Totallywired77 – PuNk Learning:
It has recently been brought to my attention that a Guardian piece I wrote over two years ago has resurfaced. Similar to when it was first published, there has been mixed responses to my writing, both in agreement and in opposition. The idea that our education system is unfair has…

“Mind the Gap!” by Ken Cunningham CBE

by Ken Cunningham CBE Visiting with some Texan friends in London the other weekend, I was forcibly reminded of a phrase that you can’t ignore as you travel round the London metro system – “Mind the gap” – spoken and frequently writ large! It all washed over me but to my American friends it wasContinue reading ““Mind the Gap!” by Ken Cunningham CBE”

Excellence with Equity: An Educational Imperative by Avis Glaze

by Dr. Avis Glaze Edu-quest International Inc. Canada As an educator for almost four decades, one of the areas that has concerned me most is the question of whether or not we can achieve both excellence and equity in school systems today. I have a strong belief that we cannot truly say that we haveContinue reading “Excellence with Equity: An Educational Imperative by Avis Glaze”

Getting involved with Curriculum for Equity

Curriculum for Equity is an experiment. The idea is to find out if and how a collaborative blog for educators, researchers and other professionals could contribute to the aims of equity and social justice. See About Curriculum for Equity for more details. If you are a researcher/academic interested in this area, you could submit a pieceContinue reading “Getting involved with Curriculum for Equity”

End Child Poverty

Originally posted on robfmac:
Remarks in Moving Motion L SSTA Congress May 2014 In welcoming the publication by the Scottish Government of the 2014 revision of the Child Poverty Strategy with its emphasis on reducing the attainment gap affecting pupils from the poorest backgrounds, Congress notes that simply amending institutional practice or seeking change without…