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”