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Heathwood Institute and Press

Heathwood Institute and Press is a non-profit, critical theoretical organization. Motivated and inspired by the Frankfurt School, our aim is to offer foundational social critique as well as promote concrete, critical alternatives to the type of social policy symptomatic of ‘damaged society’. As a critical theoretical organization, we strive to not only challenge the existing field of research and policy in contemporary society. We also strive to fundamentally challenge from a foundational and multidisciplinary perspective the existing social model, and with a mind toward the concept of systemic change.

Originally founded in December 2011 by a group of well-respected researchers, academics and activists, we are now actively bringing together and supporting individuals who are leaders in their area and whose scholarship possesses the potential to break new grounds in critical theoretical study and improve our understanding of how to sensitively measure and foster ‘human progress’ in contemporary society.

While our aim at Heathwood is to not only understand but also to measure social progress from a multidisciplinary, integrated and methodologically unique perspective; our motivation is to also develop simultaneously a post-Frankfurtian critical theory and to collectively promote the idea of foundational critique. In the interests of social progress we are geared toward excellence in scholarship and distinguished merit in terms of providing ground breaking research in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Psychology and Education, and with the ultimate goal of communicating the findings of our research in an engaging, practical manner that is both applicable to policy makers and accessible to the general public.

Our Mission

The mission of Heathwood Institute and Press is to address the root causes of social, economic and environmental inequality. In the process we are committed to the promotion of an informed and engaged citizenry; to promote a foundational awareness and understanding of social, cultural, economic and political processes; as well as to fight economic and social injustice, and to protect the diversity of nature and society and the natural systems upon which all life depends.

By investigating more generally the idea of ‘damaged society’ our goal is to produce highly respectable, critical works, whose seminal theses offer the more broad foundations for concrete, critical alternatives which affirm the notion of systemic change and the need for fundamental public policy shifts. In principle, we seek to further this mission by advancing a new wave of critical theory in to the 21st Century.

Our mission is three-fold:

1) To understand the fundamental human issues that prevent individual and collective harmony and well-being, and that impede social progress as well as the healthy development of Western civilization;

2) To identify catalysts for change on a fundamental level across the different spheres of society;

3) To engage with researchers, policy makers and most importantly the general public in effort to promote critical dialogue as well as active leadership and participation in the manifestation of social change


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Education Crisis


Just published online at
[printed copies will be posted mid-April]

FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education
Volume 54 Number 1, 2012, ISSN 0963-8253


Clyde Chitty. Editorial. What is the Way Forward?

Caught in the (Education) Act: tackling Michael Gove’s education revolution. Report on 19th November 2011 Conference

Clyde Chitty. A Divided Education System

Melissa Benn. Putting the Alternative Case: a twenty-first-century vision forEngland’s schools

Stephen Ball. Show Me the Money! Neoliberalism at Work in Education

Richard Hatcher. Gove’s Offensive and the Failure of Labour’s Response

Terry Parkin. Do We Need a Middle Tier in Education?

Bernard Barker.ComprehensiveSchools and the Future

Tim Brighouse. Decline and Fall: are state schools and universities on the point of collapse?

Susan Hallam. Streaming and Setting in UK Primary Schools: evidence from the Millennium Cohort Study

Brian Matthews. The Labour Party and the Need for Change: values, education and emotional literacy/intelligence

Clive Griggs. Privatisation in Education: further reflections

Lottie Hoare. Margaret Miles: the educational journey of a comprehensive school campaigner

Paul Dash.SecondaryModernSchool Education: an essay in subjugation and repression

Paul Pettinger. The Evidence Base on the Effects of Policy and Practice in Faith Schools

Theo Creber. The Intersection of Community, Culture and Learning Processes within the Setting of a Chinese Complementary School

School Wars: the battle for Britain’s education (Melissa Benn), reviewed by Clive Griggs, Bernard Barker and Derek Gillard
Assessing Children’s Learning (Mary Jane Drummond), reviewed by Michael Armstrong
Education for the Inevitable: schooling when the oil runs out (Michael Bassey) reviewed by Colin Richards
Politics and the Primary Teacher (Peter Cunningham), reviewed by Derek Gillard
To Miss With Love (Katharine Birbalsingh), reviewed by Patrick Yarker

Access to the full texts of articles is restricted to those who have a Personal subscription, or those whose institution has a Library subscription.

PERSONAL SUBSCRIPTION Subscription to the three printed 2012 issues (including online access to all available past issues) is available to private individuals at a cost of US$70.00 (approximately £44.00). If you wish to subscribe you may do so immediately at

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For all editorial matters, including articles offered for publication, please contact the Editor, Professor Clyde Chitty, 19 Beaconsfield Road, Bickley, BromleyBR1 2BL, United Kingdom(

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Dear Friends,

The Rouge Forum Update including the Best and Worst Things in the History of the World, heaps of Spy vs Spy stuff, and some material about the school resistance to boot, is here:

Don’t forget the Rouge Forum Conference, May 20-22 in ChicagoLand at Lewis University. The tentatively scheduled presenters include Peter McLaren, Dennis Carlson, and George Schmidt, editor of Substance News.

The Call for Proposals and details are linked here:

Good luck to us, every one.
Rich Gibson


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Higher Education Crisis


Society for Research into Higher Education

Free Day Event

The Student Experience Network

New Activism or Old Politics? Sounding Student Reaction to HE’s Crisis

30th September 2010, 11am – 4:00pm

University of Aston, Birmingham

Room 404D, Main Building

This day event will discuss likely student reactions to the impending cuts and rising fees in higher education. It is free to staff and students in UK Higher Education/ anyone else interested, but please register below.


10.30 Registration

11.00 Welcome by Patrick Ainley, Network co-coordinator and co-author of Lost Generation? Continuum 2010

11.15 Ben Little, University of Middlesex, talking on and around his free edited e-book: Radical Future – Politics for the Next Generation. Please read at

12.15 Jonathan Ward, Studentforce for Sustainable Development – Brown Dystopia or Green Hope?

1.15 Lunch

1.45 Jim Dickinson, Director of Campaigns and Strategy, NUS

2.45 Queen Mary College London University Countermappers and/or members of the Really Open University

3.45 Plenary discussion as and when.. tea and depart

Chairs am Joyce Canaan, Birmingham City University; pm Sarah Amsler, Aston University

A full guide to travelling to Aston, including campus maps, is available at The campus is a short walk from all Birmingham train stations. The university does not have visitor parking, but visitors with special needs can request a pass by emailing Dr Sarah Amsler ( and there is paid parking nearby.

Next meeting: 2 – 4 on November 24th November at University College London: Dr. R.T.Allen The Value of the Inexact, Michael Polanyi’s philosophy of tacit integration in relation to teaching and assessment (further details to follow).

New Activism or Old Politics is free, but please confirm attendance with Patrick at

Nicola Manches, Administrative Assistant, Society for Research into Higher Education, 44 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4LL

Tel:  +44 (0) 20 7447 2525

Fax: +44 (0) 20 7447 2526

SRHE Annual Research Conference 2010

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