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Education Is Not For Sale

Education Is Not For Sale


Where: Oxford House, Derbyshire Street,  Bethnal Green,  London E2 6HG
When: Saturday 1st March 2014, 10.30am to 7pm (+ afterparty tbc.) 
Bookings (Please book in advance as places are limited): 

Access: Conference spaces are fully accessible to wheelchair users and a crèche will run in the gallery space. 

Day Programme

10.30-11.00: Arrivals and Registration 

11.00-11.30: Opening 

11.30-13.00: World Cafe

Taking place in the main theatre, World Cafe will be used as a way to start having conversations in small groups.  A convener will sit in each group throughout to facilitate three 30 minute sessions around a ‘key’ question and subject. Conference participants will have the opportunity to gather around questions of interest, meet each other and contribute to group discussions, which will be recorded and shared at the end of the morning. 

13.00-14.00: Lunch 

14.00-17.30 (including two 15 mins breaks): Afternoon Workshops 

The Trend Away from Freedom
For thousands of years we were becoming more free. Now we have become less so:
How can Enlightenment thinkers like Hegel, Mill and (later) Fromm influence our practice today?

Instead of school 
What if mass, compulsory, full-time schooling is a 150 year old experiment which hasn’t worked?  A workshop to generate and discuss ideas about what ‘instead of school’ might look like, convened by a group with experience of the ideas and practices surrounding alternatives to school.

Direct Action in Schools
What can teachers do to raise awareness of and respond to the current market-led reforms of state schooling? This session will be led by a full-time state primary teacher.

Chatting Critically with Young People and Youth Workers  
Turning Voices into Action
Facilitated by ‘In Defence of Youth Work’

Freedom and Democracy in action
Democratic Education is, of course, no longer radical. Staff and students from two of the world’s most famous democratic schools, the UK’s Summerhill School and Sands School, will explain and take questions about democratic education, the schools themselves, and the unique experience they offer both students and teachers.

Another Roadmap for Arts Education: ‘Glossary of Conflicted Terms’
‘Cultural Exchange’, ‘Creative Workforce’, ‘Arts Curriculum’, ‘Radical Education’ are terms which have become synonymous for a rigid, tokenistic, yet empty tick-boxing exercise around Arts Education. By unpicking these terms we want to foster a conversation that looks at what actually is important to us as arts education practitioners, teachers, students and organisers.

Education workers and unions: organising to reclaim education
Collective organising is essential to transform our education system into one that will genuinely meet our needs.
What can we learn from successful struggles in this country and further afield?

The potential of socially critical environmental education

The aim of the workshop is to present and criticise dominant trends in environmental education and raise a debate on critical approaches. The discussion will draw from the participants’ teaching experiences in environmental education and relevant curriculum subjects (e.g. geography, science, citizenship) as well as their interests in environmental issues.

Ethics and practice in teaching

Teachers / educators of the Radical Education Forum have been working through their experiences to build an ethical framework for our practice. We will workshop input from the REF ‘s Behaviour Management Clinic and the application of participatory theatre methods to ethical issues, based on the “Ethics of Participatory Theatre”.

‘Hip Hop Education as Radical Education? 
History, Theory and Practice

Sustaining the movement

How do we ensure that the stateofeducation2014 conference is not just a one-off experience?  What real and practical next steps do we need to take? This workshop will feed its ideas and plans into the plenary event.

The suppression of freedom in schools

Do schools undermine school students’ human rights? Can students ever have a say and be listened to at school? Are schools like prisons? Can school students, youth workers, teachers and others work together to make a serious change to schools?

‘Voice of Youth’ will present their short film and lead a discussion.

17.30-17.45: Break

17.45-18.15: Closing Thoughts

18.15-19.00: Informal Networking


For any additional needs or questions, or if you need to cancel your participation, please let us know by sending us an email to

WhatRadical Education Forum and Libertarian Education are co-organising a one-day conference, which will bring together teachers and education workers interested in radical education. We will meet, share ideas and discuss concrete alternatives to dominant trends towards increasingly right wing and authoritarian ideologies in education.

Who is the conference for?

The conference is open to teachers and other workers in formal state education, school students, parents, youth workers, activistsand other educators and workers.

Who are we?

We are teachers, educators, students, researchers, community members, parents, precarious workers, people interested in being part of a wider social change. Our use of the term ‘radical’ is not meant to make claims of political purity, nor to be off-putting for those who don’t think of themselves as ‘radicals’. It is rather to mark our terrain that includes different forms of practice including popular education and research, critical literacy, participatory action research, social justice education, libertarian education and many others.


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PSA 64th Annual International Conference

14 – 16 April 2014, The Midland Hotel, Manchester

Rebels & Radicals

Manchester is the setting for the PSA Annual Conference 2014 and the conference theme, Rebels & Radicals, reflects the deep political history of this beautiful Northern city.

“Manchester changed the world’s politics: from vegetarianism to feminism to trade unionism to communism, every upstart notion that ever got ideas above its station, every snotty street-fighter of radical philosophy, was fostered brawling in Manchester’s streets, mulls, pubs, churches and debating halls. Before it fled to London in the 1960s and became ‘Islingtonised’, the Manchester Guardian was Britain’s most radical liberal newspaper…Lydia Becker, the daughter of a Chadderton chemical works owner, pioneered the notion of votes for women with her National Society for Women’s Suffrage, a movement later radicalized and turned into a potent political agency by another Manchester family, the Pankhursts. The TUC first met here in 1868. Vegetarianism in the western world began in Salford in 1809 when the Rev. William Cowherd persuaded his congregation to give up meat and the concept swept Manchester; there were more vegetarian restaurants in the 1880s than today. The greatest military and economic super-power the world has ever known spent half a century sweating nervously, armed to the teeth and generally terrified of an idea born in Manchester, namely communism. Now that’s attitude!”

(Stuart Maconie, Pies & Prejudice, p. 113)

This impressive political pedigree makes Manchester the perfect place to ponder how those on the margins encourage change by prodding and pushing the mainstream.

While the conference welcomes work reflecting these familiar struggles at the margins, it also offers a place for research at the emerging edges of politics. For example, the behaviour of back bench MPs has had an interesting effect on governing, particularly under the coalition. Recent research on gender and party politics in western democracies testifies to the continuing concern over the representation of women, particularly ethnic minority women. As the European Union struggles to steer toward economically prosperity, accession of new member states threatens economic policy coherence as well as social policy development. Soon President Obama completes his final term in office and any hope for a progressive policy legacy appears to be overwhelmed by Congressional discord and an increasingly divided country – along lines of class, race and ‘family values’.

Other potential research questions under the Rebels & Radicals theme might include: How can critical theories of international politics offer new and interesting insights about the crisis of capitalism, revolutions across the world, ever increasing militarism, and incipient state security practices? Is it time perhaps to interrogate the so called ‘critical turn’ as now fully institutionalised and thus less able to address current crisis in new and imaginative ways? Can radicals ever find a voice in the elite-driven world of policymaking? Is participatory governance attainable? Is diversity and equality as ‘good practice’ in politics, and the discipline of political science, finally coming of age or already passé?  How have WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden changed our understandings of transparency, treason, patriotism and power? What do recent uprisings in Egypt and Turkey teach us about the (im)possibility of democracy or the difficulties of rapid political change?

Closer to home: With the next election looming, what is the possibility of a strong challenge from Labour?  Does the emergence of UKIP signal a demand for radical change or opposition to it? How will voters judge Britain’s first post-war coalition government when they return to the polls in 2015?  Can the identity of the ‘United Kingdom’ survive the challenges from the referendum on Scottish independence and yet another tense discussion on EU membership? What does the fragmentation of political competition tell us about British political ideology in the twenty first century?

These are pressing questions of contemporary politics and challenge us to contemplate and re-imagine the importance of Rebels & Radicals.

We look forward to welcoming you to Rebels & Radicals in Manchester!


Panel and Paper Proposals

We invited paper and panel proposals on any topics related to the conference theme, as well as on other topics spanning the entire range of political studies.

Full papers are expected to uploaded by 1 March 2014.

You are now able to book your place at the conference. The prices remain the same as the 2013 conference, and are as follows:

Standard Rates

Member = £220
Graduate member = £110
Non-member = £300
Graduate non-member = £150


If you are a publisher and would like to book exhibition space at the conference, an advert in the conference brochure, or inserts in the delegate pack, please take a look at our booking form. Any queries on this should be addressed to Louise Bates at the PSA.

The Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the impressive Midland Hotel. The venue is just 200m from Oxford Road Station, 800m from Piccadilly Station and across the road from Manchester Central.

Accommodation in Manchester

Working together with Visit Manchester, we have secured discounted hotel rooms across a range of hotels, which are available here.

For more information on what to see and do in Manchester, please see this handy guide!

For panel and paper queries, please contact the Conference Convenor, Professor Angelia Wilson.

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5th Annual NYCoRE Conference

Radical Possibilities

Location: Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School (BCAM)

300 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY11205

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014


Conference Overview:

Keynote Panel

Asean Johnson, 4th Grader and Education Activist Shoenice Reynolds, Education Activist and Asean’s mom

As those who spend time in schools well know, our schools do not function as bubbles. Both in individual interactions, and in large-scale policies, the inequities and injustices that permeate our society as a whole are keenly evident inside classrooms. To quote Jean Anyon, a scholar who has been an inspiration to many of us, an urban school “is an institution whose basic problems are caused by, and whose basic problems reveal, the other crises in cities: poverty, joblessness, and low-wages, and racial and class segregation” (2005, p. 177). In understanding the significant challenges faced by students, parents, and educators, these contextual factors cannot be ignored.

Even in the midst of these inequities, schools remain full of passion and potential. The joyful possibility of justice and liberation is at the heart of the work of teaching and learning, and is what sustains many educators in a policy climate that devalues and undermines their work. That possibility is called into being when a student takes a risk to express a dearly-held idea, when a parent-teacher conversation  transforms both participants, when a teacher realizes that maybe they didn’t have to hold on to control so tightly.  We are reminded that a flash of understanding can appear; that inspiration can strike; that tomorrow can be different from today.

When those moments of possibility and justice occur inside schools, they are beautiful and powerful.  But they are not enough.  Not enough to counter the school-to-prison pipeline. Not enough to counter profit-driven education “reforms.” Not enough to dismantle the barriers to opportunity that exist for undocumented students, students living in poverty, students who experience racism, homophobia, sexism, transphobia, and other forms of structural oppression. The challenges and injustices that we face call us to draw upon all of our creativity, unity, and strength to imagine radically different schools in a radically different world.

The problems that our schools face will not be fixed by band-aids or by the lemon-juice-in-the-wound of teacher evaluation systems. They won’t be fixed by collecting more data, or by more testing, or by squeezing more phonics drills into a shorter time. As these pressures increase, we must become ever more creative in imagining radical possibilities and creating change, both within schools, and in the larger society of which they are a part. We must imagine ways for students to speak their experiences loudly and clearly, not just to classmates, but to their school, neighborhood, and global communities. We must imagine ways for parents and teachers to work together, not only during two nights of the year, but in lasting, sturdy coalitions that could revive the heart and soul of education. We must imagine ways in which each of us can move beyond our fears and our habits and reach out to others, building the passionate and powerful community connections that catalyze social change.

Anyon wrote of the power of such Radical Possibilities: “If those of us who are angry about injustice can recapture this revolutionary spirit of democracy, and if we can act on it together, then we may be able to create a force powerful enough to produce economic justice and real, long-term school reform in America’s cities (2005, P. 200).” Only by working as a people united can we imagine a different world; a world based in justice, equity, democracy, love and joy.

Reference: Anyon, J. (2005). Radical Possibilities:  Public Policy, Urban Education, and a New Social Movement, pp. 49, 177. Routledge:  New York, NY.



8:45-9:30    Registration and Breakfast
9:30-10:45    Opening and Keynote
11:00-12:30    Workshop #1
12:30-1:30    Lunch and Tabling
1:45- 3:15    Workshop #2
3:30-5:00    Workshop #3
5:00-5:30    Community Building
5:45-8:00    After party


About NYCoRE

New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE) is a group of current and former public school educators and their allies committed to fighting for social justice in our school system and society at large, by organizing and mobilizing teachers, developing curriculum, and working with community, parent, and student organizations. We are educators who believe that education is an integral part of social change and that we must work both inside and outside the classroom because the struggle for justice does not end when the school bell rings.  NYCoRE members hold in common nine Points of Unity which can be found here:

Goals of the Conference

To share information and critical thinking around the conference theme, namely imagining possibilities for justice and liberation for education.

To provide rights-holders in the education system with information and new ideas that can strengthen our effectiveness as activists, both inside and outside of our classrooms (and other sites)

To forge connections between and among educators, researchers, parents, activists, and students, fostering new and innovative partnerships and collaborations

To develop structures for ongoing discussion and working groups about education and social justice

To organize a national voice in the ongoing debate over education reform

To plan actions, advocacy, future meetings

To bridge the gap between youth and educators by creating a space to make young voices heard

To develop and share ideas for inspiring practice, both inside classrooms and in communities


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Education System

Education System


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The Rise of Data in Education Systems: Collection, Visualization and Use


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The growth of education systems and the construction of the state have always been connected. The processes of governing education systems always utilized data through a range of administrative records, pupil testing, efficiency surveys and international projects. By the late twentieth century, quantitative data had gained enormous influence in education systems through the work of the OECD, the European Commission and national system agencies. The creation and flow of data has become a powerful governing tool in education. Comparison between pupils, costs, regions and states has grown ever more important.

The visualization of this data, and its range of techniques, has changed over time, especially in its movement from an expert to a public act. Data began to be explained to a widening audience to shape its behaviours and its institutions. 

The use of data in education systems and the procedures by which the data are constructed has not been a major part of the study of education, nor of the histories of education systems. This volume of contributions, drawn from different times and spaces in education, will be a useful contribution to comparative historical studies.


Martin Lawn. Introduction. The Rise of Data in Education

Martin Lawn. The Internationalisation of Education Data: exhibitions, tests, standards and associations

Marcelo Caruso. Policing Validity and Reliability: expertise, data accumulation and data parallelisation in Bavaria, 1873-1919

Noah W. Sobe. Educational Data at Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century International Expositions: ‘accomplished results’ and ‘instruments and apparatuses’

Joakim Landahl & Christian Lundahl. (Mis-)Trust in Numbers: shape shifting and directions in the modern history of data in Swedish educational reform

Ian Grosvenor & Siân Roberts. Systems and Subjects: ordering, differentiating and institutionalising the modern urban child

Inés Dussel. Counting, Describing, Interpreting: a study on early school census in Argentina, 1880-1900

Joyce Goodman. Visualising Girls’ Secondary Education in Interwar Europe: Amélie Arató’s L’Enseignement secondaire des jeunes filles en Europe

Romuald Normand. Governing Population: the emergence of a political arithmetic of inequalities in education. A Comparison Between the United Kingdom and France


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PISA, Power, and Policy: the emergence of global educational governance HEINZ-DIETER MEYER & AARON BENAVOT

Europeanizing Education: governing a new policy space MARTIN LAWN & SOTIRIA GREK


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Rosa Luxemburg

Rosa Luxemburg



Bringing the contributions of this remarkable thinker and personality alive for new generations.

Supported by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (Germany) and Karl Dietz Verlag (Berlin)


Books in this series available now



Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) is widely regarded as one of the most creative writers of modern socialism and the foremost female theoretician of European radicalism. Her wide-ranging and incisive works, which include studies on capitalism’s inherent drive for global expansion, the relation between spontaneity and organization, and the inseparability of democracy and socialism, have made her a pole of attraction for theorists and activists around the world. Her fiercely independent intellect and uncompromising defense of human liberty speaks more powerfully to our era than to any other.

The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg will make her entire body of work available for the first time. It will contain all of her books, pamphlets, essays, articles, letters and manuscripts, many of which have never before appeared in English. It will also include writings of hers that have only recently been discovered. All of her previously published work in English will be newly translated from German, Polish, Russian, and Yiddish originals. The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg will be published in fourteen volumes, each with comprehensive annotations and introductions.

The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg will bring the contributions of this remarkable thinker and personality alive for new generations. The project was inaugurated in March 2011 with the publication of The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg.

“One cannot read the writings of Rosa Luxemburg, even at this distance, without an acute yet mournful awareness of what Perry Anderson once termed ‘the history of possibility.’”
– Christopher Hitchens, ATLANTIC

“Transports us directly into the private world of a woman who has never lost her inspirational power as an original thinker and courageous activist … [and] reveals that the woman behind the mythic figure was also a compassionate, teasing, witty human being.”
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