The disadvantage ‘gap’ is a chasm. Part 1.

Originally posted on teacherhead:
Image source: etbu.edu. In the 18 months that I’ve been working at Highbury Grove, I’ve learned a great deal about the complexity of the community that my school serves.  As the acting Designated Child Protection Officer for the last few weeks, I’ve learned even more.  The scale on the axis of advantage…

Delivering excellence and equity – some commentary on Scotland’s national education plan

Originally posted on Professor Mark Priestley:
The post-election period in 2016 has heralded a flurry of activity from the re-elected SNP and the appointment of a new Cabinet Secretary for Education. The next year or two will see policy development that puts education at the forefront of the nation’s priorities, all underpinned by the stated…

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…

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…