School Values in Scotland

by Gary Walsh and Neil McLennan Neil McLennan and I have been ‘speaking of values’ for a number of years now. We co-wrote a book entitled Speaking of Values with Dr Emma Fossey in 2016. The book is a series of interviews with various people in Scotland – leaders in the fields of education, business,Continue reading “School Values in Scotland”

Character education and social justice

by Gary Walsh As character education continues to gain influence in educational policy in the UK and elsewhere, it becomes more and more important to ensure it receives adequate critique. Having worked in the field of character education and studied the research base for a number of years, I have concluded that the legitimacy ofContinue reading “Character education and social justice”

Scottish education: sleepwalking into the abyss

by Gary Walsh I am writing this post as a challenge to the narrative developing in Scottish education circles at the moment. I believe that we are in danger of sleepwalking into an abyss of ill-conceived reform based on an impoverished understanding of the purposes of education, confusion about the meaning of equity in that context, and a politicisationContinue reading “Scottish education: sleepwalking into the abyss”

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”

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”

Tackling inequity is the responsibility of us all

by Jackie Brock I was delighted to attend Scotland’s education summit on 15 June. What a tribute to Scotland’s commitment to children, young people and their education. How many other countries would be able to bring together the leadership of all our political parties represented in our Parliament together with key professionals, parent and thirdContinue reading “Tackling inequity is the responsibility of us all”

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?”

“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”