Social Engineering – part 2 of 2

by Ed Cadwallader In a previous post I argued that social engineering is what schools do and the specific features our school system installs are hierarchy, passivity and atomisation. I ended by asking the question ‘what sort of society should we engineer?’ In this post I argue that our schools should try to engineer equality,Continue reading “Social Engineering – part 2 of 2”

Social Engineering – part 1 of 2

by Ed Cadwallader To say that a policy is ‘social engineering’ is to say that it is bad, with no further explanation required. This strikes me as strange because social engineering is a very apt description of what schools do. The curriculum is a competition between individuals to see who’s top and who’s bottom. Children bornContinue reading “Social Engineering – part 1 of 2”

Piecing together the Jigsaw: Common Weal and Edinburgh University childhood project

by Common Weal (see original post here – used with permission) ‘Piecing together the Jigsaw: Connecting the politics of childhood poverty, education and welfare’ will start with a Policy Lab looking at the specific ways in which poverty affects children and young people. THE link between poverty and underachievement is undeniable but there is still limited agreement onContinue reading “Piecing together the Jigsaw: Common Weal and Edinburgh University childhood project”

Going up: Improving Scotland’s Attainment Levels

by Jackie Brock Confession time. I believe fervently in the importance of attainment and achievement. I detest the way our education system marches our young people through an increasingly narrow range of options to the extent that on results day their learning journey – and its success – is judged by their grades at nationalContinue reading “Going up: Improving Scotland’s Attainment Levels”