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Education Crisis

Education Crisis


The Future of Higher Education and Academic Freedom

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Volume 11 Number 6, 2013, ISSN 1478-2103


SPECIAL ISSUE The Future of Higher Education

Philip Woods & Eddie Blass. Editorial. Higher Education Futures OPEN ACCESS

Anne Jasman, Eddie Blass & Steve Shelley. Becoming an Academic for the Twenty-first Century: what will count as teaching quality in higher education

Alan Montague. Review of Australian Higher Education: an Australian policy perspective

Steven Selden. Sponsored Neo-conservative Challenges to Diversity and Intercultural Competence in the US Undergraduate Curriculum


SYMPOSIUM  Academic Freedom

Sandra J. Grey. Activist Academics: what future?

John O’Neill. Creative Research Ethics in the EnterpriseUniversity: what price academic freedom?

Martin Thrupp. Researching amid the Heat and Noise of Political Debate



Gert Biesta. Responsive or Responsible? Democratic Education for the Global Networked Society

Jamie Magnusson. Biosurveillance as a Terrain of Innovation in an Era of Monopoly Finance Capital

R. Adam Manley. The Policy Delphi: a method for identifying intended and unintended consequences of educational policy

Trish McMenamin. Justice for All? Special Education 2000 and the Politics of Difference

Michael A. Peters & Tina Besley. Marx and Foucault: subjectivity, employability and the crisis of youth unemployment in the great global recession



Samuel Day Fassbinder. Interview with Peter McLaren, on his Work, on his Visit to Turkey and on Ongoing Popular Struggles

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Glenn Rikowski and Ruth Rikowski have a number of articles in Policy Futures in Education. These include (and these are open access):

Rikowski, Ruth (2003) Value – the Life Blood of Capitalism: knowledge is the current key, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.1 No.1, pp.160-178:

Rikowski, Glenn (2004) Marx and the Education of the Future, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.2 Nos. 3 & 4, pp.565-577, online at:

Rikowski, Ruth (2006) A Marxist Analysis of the World Trade Organisation’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.4 No.4:

Rikowski, Ruth (2008) Review Essay: ‘On Marx: An introduction to the revolutionary intellect of Karl Marx’, by Paula Allman, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.6 No.5, pp.653-661:



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The New Left Book Club: 

Education Is Not For Sale

Education Is Not For Sale

Education Crisis

Education Crisis


The ‘Defend Public Education: from cradle to grave’ conference organised by UCU and supported by NUT, NASUWT and NUS is on Saturday 1st February.

This conference will bring together key speakers, practitioners and participants from across the education sector to discuss current policies, along with what members can do to defend the principle of education from cradle to grave in the age of austerity.

Our speakers include Bonnie Greer and Huw Lewis, Minister of Education and Skills in the Welsh Assembly government. The conference will also feature speakers from UCU, NUT, Compass, UnionLearn and the Action for ESOL Campaign. Further details of the agenda along with speakers and workshops is available here.

The conference is free and will be held at the Ambassadors Hotel, Upper Woburn Place, London, WC1H OHX between 10 and 4. Refreshments and a light lunch will be available, but we will be unable to reimburse travel and accommodation expenses for UCU members on this occasion.

We expect this conference to be extremely popular and would urge members to register early to avoid disappointment. The deadline for registration is the 24 January and you can book your place here.

I look forward to receiving your registration form and hope that you will be able to join us on the 1st February.

Best wishes
Martin Whelton
UCU Campaigns & Organising Officer



Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at:  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski:

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The New Left Book Club:

Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory



Neoliberalism in Crisis? Current Educational Issues and Responses

Wednesday January 22nd 2014, 10–4pm

University of East London, Stratford Campus

CASS School of Education, ED2.04

Convenors: Tony Green and Alpesh Maisuria

10.00-10.15: Registration and Introduction


Nick GrantMichael Gove: Doing The Right Thing: Is Michael Gove mad or bad?

He is certainly despised as Secretary of State by most of those public servants delivering state education. But is this simply because his policies do not fit empirically with what professionals know works in practice? Is Gove simply mad, blind to what he is doing to children and adults in schools, colleges and universities? If so does he simply need a reality check classroom job-swap for a period?

Alternatively, is Gove forcing through a wholesale attack on education for reasons which are consistent with a hostile free-market politics, and which are deliberately painful for professionals. Is Gove doing the right thing for his class interests?

This presentation will elaborate on why and how Gove represents an unavoidable systemic challenge, and some thoughts on how best to respond.


Stephen BallPhilanthropy, Education Policy and Democratic Deficit

The paper will draw on research which focuses on the participation of philanthropic and business organisations in new arenas of education policy. It will argue that policy is increasing opaque, unaccountable and elusive new actors use there financial and moral resources to ‘make’ policy in new ‘globalising microspaces’. This involves shifts in the methods of policy – what Bill Gates calls ‘social capitalism’ – and changes in the form and modalities of the State.

12.25-1.30: Lunch Break


Tristan McCowanAlternative universities in Latin America: is radical higher education possible within the mainstream system?

In recent years a number of experimental university courses and institutions have been established in Latin America. These experiences have aimed to address the injustices of access to higher education, but also to transform conceptions of knowledge and engage more strongly with local communities and social movements. The Landless Movement in Brazil, for example, has established its own teacher education programmes and a variety of other HE courses in partnership with public universities, and since 2008 the Brazilian Federal Government itself has established four alternative universities. These institutions, however, operate within the mainstream system and are thereby constrained by dominant forms of institutional structure and accreditation. On the other hand, other initiatives – such as Unitierra in Mexico – are unconstrained by conventional institutional forms but face other challenges of funding and recognition. This paper reflects on the dilemmas faced by radical educators around the world of whether to act within or outside the mainstream.


Spyros ThemelisBetween neo-fascism and poverty: education and hope in Greece in times of debtocracy

This paper examines the social, political and economic situation of Greece after the first bailout package it received in May 2010. It links the rise of neo-fascist politics with the deterioration in socio-economic conditions for the majority of the Greek people and suggests that both these processes are approached as aspects of the attendant restructuring of class relations. Contrary to the organised politics of fear and the pathologisation of the Greek situation attempted by dominant political agents, the paper identifies some elements of hope. Specifically, it focuses on the role of education in resisting the hegemonic transformations imposed onto Greece and discusses the possibilities for the creation of an alternative future based on prefigurative politics of emancipation and liberation from the current impasse of neoliberal capitalism.

3.40-4.00: Plenary, Review and Closure.

The seminar is free and open to all but places are limited.

RSVP Veronica Burton:

The UEL is a 15minute stroll from Stratford Station. Here is a map and transport details:


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The New Left Book Club:





During the past decades, people from all walks of life – educators, information scientists, geeks, writers, film makers etc. – envisioned various futures for the relationships between education and technologies. Step by step, the logic of technological and social development has cherry-picked the most viable options and dumped others deep into the waste bin of history. Yesterday, our present was just one of many possible futures – today, it is our only reality.

This Special Issue of the journal E-Learning and Digital Media ( invites authors to step back from the never-ending quest for new concepts and ideas and to revisit past insights into the relationships between education and technologies – including, but not limited to, the formal process of schooling. Based on analyses of historical ideas, we invite authors to reflect on the relationships between past, present and future.

What is viable today might not have been viable yesterday: history of human thought is packed with excellent ideas that once failed to make an impact because of wrong placement, timing or simply bad luck. Therefore, we are particularly interested in identification and examination of ignored/abandoned/neglected/forgotten concepts and ideas that might shed new light to our current reality and/or (re)open new and/or abandoned strands of research.

Working at the intersection of technology, psychology, sociology, history, politics, philosophy, arts, and science fiction, we welcome contributions from wide range of disciplines and inter-, trans- and anti-disciplinary research methodologies.

All contributions should be original and should not be under consideration elsewhere. Authors should be aware that they are writing for an international audience and should use appropriate language. Manuscripts should not exceed 8000 words. For further information and authors’ guidelines please see

All papers will be peer-reviewed, and evaluated according to their significance, originality, content, style, clarity and relevance to the journal.

Please submit your initial abstract (300-400 words) by email to the Guest Editors.

Petar Jandrić, Department of Informatics & Computing, Polytechnic of Zagreb, Croatia (
Christine Sinclair, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, UK (
Hamish Macleod, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, UK (

15 February 2014 – Deadline for abstracts to guest editors
1 May 2014 – Deadline for submissions/full papers
1 July 2014 – Deadline for feedback from reviewers
1 October 2014 – Final deadline for amended papers
Publication date – in 2015, to be decided


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