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FORUM FOR PROMOTING 3-19 COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION – VOLUME 55 NUMBER 3 (2013)

Just published online at: www.wwwords.co.uk/forum/content/pdfs/55/issue55_3.asp

FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education
Volume 55 Number 3, 2013, ISSN 0963-8253

THE NEED FOR A COUNTER OFFENSIVE

CONTENTS:

Clyde Chitty. Editorial OPEN ACCESS

Clyde Chitty. Secondary School Examinations: a historical perspective

Martin Allen. ‘Raising Standards’ or Reducing Aspirations and Opportunities Still Further? Michael Gove and Examination Reforms

Tony Cooper. You May Start Writing Now

Patrick Yarker. Gove’s War

Bernard Barker. The Enigmatic Mr Gove

Derek Gillard. Turning in Their Graves? A Tale of Two Coalitions – and What Happened in Between

David Kitchener. What Price Free Schools? The Continued Insidious Privatisation of UK State Education.

Howard Stevenson. Teachers on Strike: a struggle for the future of teaching?

Jess Edwards. Fighting Gove’s Nightmare Vision for Primary Education: A Charter for Primary Education

John Wadsworth. Like an ‘Uncontrolled Toddler’ Elizabeth Truss Risks Causing Chaos in England’s Nursery Education and Child Care Sector

Clare Kelly & Maggie Pitfield. School Direct: a hastily constructed model or a systematically designed campaign?

Michael Fielding. Still ‘Learning to Be Human’: the radical educational legacy of John MacMurray

Gary McCulloch. The Cause of Nowadays and the End of History? School History and the Centenary of the First World War

Philip Huckin. Memories of The CherwellSchool

Tom Buzzard. I Do Not Believe in ‘Intelligence’ or ‘Ability’ or ‘Aptitude’- and Neither Should You

Fiona Carnie. Developing Relationships between Parents and Schools

John Black. ‘Varmits and Turnips’: personal experiences of a secondary modern education, 1958-1962

BOOK REVIEWS
An Aims-based Curriculum: the significance of human flourishing for schools (Michael J. Reiss & John White), reviewed by Mary Jane Drummond
New Labour and Secondary Education, 1994-2010 (Clyde Chitty), reviewed by Derek Gillard
New Labour and Secondary Education, 1994-2010 (Clyde Chitty), reviewed by Roy Lowe
Modernity Britain: opening the box, 1957-1959 (David Kynaston), reviewed by Clyde Chitty

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 2013 issues (including online access to ALL back issues, from Volume 1, 1958 to the present day) is available to private individuals at a cost of US$70.00 (approximately £45.00). If you wish to subscribe you may do so immediately at www.wwwords.co.uk/subscribeFORUM.asp

LIBRARY SUBSCRIPTION (campus-wide access) If you are working within an institution that maintains a library, please urge your Librarian to take out a Library subscription so we can provide full access throughout your institution.

For all editorial matters, including articles offered for publication, please contact the Editor, Professor Clyde Chitty, 19 Beaconsfield Road, Bickley, BromleyBR1 2BL, United Kingdom (clydechitty379@btinternet.com).

In the event of problems concerning a subscription, or difficulty in gaining access to the journal articles on the website, please contact the publishers at info@symposium-books.co.uk

Michael Gove

Michael Gove

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Archive

Archive

FORUM FOR PROMOTING 3-19 COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION – ARCHIVE

FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education

Every issue of FORUM from its first issue in 1958 is now freely available online at www.wwwords.co.uk/forum/content/maincontents.asp

For over fifty years FORUM has been in the thick of the struggle for comprehensive education in Britain.  Back in the Autumn of 1958 the inaugural issue declared that the journal would concern itself with four principal areas: the new types of school being developed around the country, the steps modern schools were taking to transcend their limitations, the attempt to re-think the way pupils were organised (which meant the movement away from streaming), and new approaches to the content of education.  The journal would provide a basis of facts and ideas, and a locus for lively discussion and the exchange of experiences.  Its pages would be steeped in the issues and questions of the day, for they would be written by those working in the new schools and committed to the new trends in education.

Now the FORUM archive offers readers the chance freely to access every single article ever published in the journal since its inception.  As well as scholarly pieces by writers such as Brian Simon, Michael Armstrong and Constance Rosen, readers will find first-hand accounts of classroom experience by teachers (for example: ‘teaching unstreamed English’ or ‘introducing Nuffield Science into school’).  They will find analysis of the politics of educational change from commentators as acute as Caroline Benn, Robin Pedley and Clyde Chitty.  They will find opinion and discussion pieces by teachers and academics, evidence presented to public commissions (notably the Plowden Committee), critical symposia, case-studies, book-reviews, even a range of adverts for educational books and materials.  ‘Forward Trends in the Treatment of Backward Children’, anyone?

FORUM declared itself a journal by and for teachers, administrators, advisers, parents, governors and councillors.  Their words, and the words of academics, fill the pages of the archive.  Politically engaged, always internationalist (for a while the journal even boasted an American correspondent), rooted in real classrooms and schools, and enduringly at the leading-edge of progressive educational change, the archive is a testimony to victories and defeats as experienced by those who participated in the struggle, and continue to do so.  Multi-racial and anti-racist education, testing and teaching, education 16-19, the 1988 Education Reform Act, assessment, provision for the rising-fives, new technologies in school, the reflective practitioner…  Decade by decade, such sub-headings indicate the wealth of material accessible now at www.wwwords.co.uk/forum/content/maincontents.asp

The Editorial Board of FORUM, and their publishers, are immensely grateful to Angela Cutts, Librarian at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, and to her colleagues, who so kindly (and very bravely) allowed their stock of printed back numbers to be copied to create this archive.

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Education

Education

FORUM FOR PROMOTING 3-19 COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION: VOLUME 55 NUMBER 1 (2013)

Just published online at: www.wwwords.co.uk/forum/content/pdfs/55/issue55_1.asp

[Printed copies will be posted mid-April]

FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education
Volume 55 Number 1  2013     ISSN 0963-8253

SPECIAL ISSUE
THIS WAY OUT: teachers and pupils escaping from fixed-ability thinking and practice
Guest Editors: MARY JANE DRUMMOND & PATRICK YARKER

CONTENTS:

Mary Jane Drummond & Patrick Yarker. Editorial. The Enduring Problem of Fixed Ability: but is a new conversation beginning? OPEN ACCESS

Michael Armstrong. The Brian Simon Memorial Lecture 2012. Education as Reconstruction: another way of looking at primary education OPEN ACCESS

Rachel Marks. ‘The Blue Table Means You Don’t Have a Clue’: the persistence of fixed-ability thinking and practices in primary mathematics in English schools

Julian Stern. Surprise in Schools: Martin Buber and dialogic schooling

Terry Wrigley. Beyond ‘Ability’: some European alternatives

Gwen Tressider & Anne Watson. The Possibilities and Difficulties of Teaching Secondary Mathematics in All-attainment Groups

Holly Linklater. Teaching and the Individuality of Everybody

Lani Florian. Preparing Teachers to Work with Everybody: a curricular approach to the reform of teacher education

John Cornwall. What Makes an Inclusive Teacher? Can Fish Climb Trees? Mapping the European Agency Profile of Inclusive Teachers to the English System

Annabelle Dixon. Differentiation, Resistance and Courage: at work in the infant school

Mary Jane Drummond & Susan Hart, with Mandy Swann. An Alternative Approach to School Development: the children are the evidence, pages 121-132

Sally Tomlinson. From Defective Loafers to Ignorant Yobs: low attainers in a global knowledge economy

Jo Boaler. Ability and Mathematics: the mindset revolution that is reshaping education

Patrick Yarker. ‘Can I have me on here?’: ‘ability’ and the language of pupil-progress

Amy Milik & Mark Boylan. Valuing Choice as an Alternative to Fixed-ability Thinking and Teaching in Primary Mathematics

 

BOOK REVIEWS
Index for Inclusion: developing learning and participation in schools (Tony Booth & Mel Ainscow), and Education, Education, Education: reforming England’s schools (Andrew Adonis), reviewed by Clyde Chitty

PERSONAL SUBSCRIPTION Subscription to the three printed 2013 issues (including online access to all available past issues) is available to private individuals at a cost of US$70.00 (approximately £46.00). If you wish to subscribe you may do so immediately at www.wwwords.co.uk/subscribeFORUM.asp

LIBRARY SUBSCRIPTION (campus-wide access) If you are working within an institution that maintains a library, please urge your Librarian to take out a Library subscription so we can provide full access throughout your institution. Detailed information for libraries can be found at www.symposium-books.co.uk/downloads/SYM-BOOKS-Rate-List-2012.pdf

For all editorial matters, including articles offered for publication, please contact the Editor, Professor Clyde Chitty, 19 Beaconsfield Road, Bickley, Bromley BR1 2BL, United Kingdom (clydechitty379@btinternet.com).

 

In the event of problems concerning a subscription, or difficulty in gaining access to the journal articles on the website, please contact the publishers at info@symposium-books.co.uk
 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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MOSCOW ECONOMIC FORUM

Moscow Economic Forum                                

Moscow, 20-21 March 2013

In response to an initiative from the Rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University, director of the Institute of Economics of the Russian

Economics

Economics

Academy of Sciences, president of the association Rosagromash, and a number of other academic and business organizations, the Moscow Economic Forum will take place in Moscow on 20 and 21 March 2013 at Moscow State University.

 

The goals of the Forum will be as follows:

to analyze the contradictions and potential for development of Russia within a context that features a continuing drawn-out depression; that presents new problems and opportunities associated with the knowledge revolution and the increasing inclusion of our country in global processes; and that also involves the danger that Russia will be irreversibly de-industrialised;

developing constructive economic and social alternatives to the extensive, resource-dependent and in many respects asocial model of economic evolution that has become established in this country;

bringing Russian citizens together with socially responsible business and with intellectuals in order to discuss and help implement these alternatives.

Participants in the Forum will include:

leaders of the “real sector” of the Russian economy including Presidents of the biggest Russian corporations in transport, manufacturing and other spheres, notable invitees are leading figures from from Rosagromash and the Russian railway system (Konstantin Babkin, Vladimir Yakunin and so on);

prominent scholars from Russia and other countries – members of the Russian Academy of Sciences and distinguished professors from Moscow State University; scholars from all the major centers of research and analysis in Russia and other countries of the CIS; (adviser of President of Russian Federation, academician Sergey Glaziev, director of Institute of Sociology, academician Michael Gorshkov and so on);

MPs, representatives of civil society and of state bodies.;

prominent economists from China, Western Europe, the US and other parts of the world.

 

These speakers will address the Forum in support of regulated, socially oriented development, based on the priority status of the real sector.

 

The main imperatives of the Forum will be:

an active industrial policy aimed at ensuring the priority development of Russia’s real sector, along with favorable social outcomes;

generally accessible and primarily free health care, education, science and culture; a reduction of social differentiation (the ratio between the incomes of the richest and poorest deciles should not exceed 6-7 times);

active participation by civil society in developing and implementing economic and social policy;

rejection of the policy and ideology of “market fundamentalism”.

The Forum will see the presentation of papers addressing the main parameters of such questions as:

the relationship between the market and social (in particular, state) regulation;

the formation of a system of property relations and rights able to ensure the integration of economic freedom and social justice;

the economic bases for implementing social, humanitarian and environmental priorities;

the relationship between the processes of reindustrialisation and post-industrial development in the real sector (including industry, transport and agriculture);

the economic foundations for ensuring universally accessible, high-quality education, health care, culture and science, working effectively and responding to the needs of society as well as those of the market;

a selective, regulated and just integration of Russia into the global economic system;

a financial system serving the goals of development of the real sector and of the social sphere.

 

The work of the Forum will take the form of the presentation and discussion of particular papers in plenary sessions, and also the conducting of a wide range of initiative seminars, round tables and discussions on topical questions of Russia’s economic development in a global context.

The materials of the Forum will be published in a series of monographs.

To participate in the Forum on an individual basis, please apply to the Organising Committee of the Forum before 1 February 2013 with full name, place of employment and position held; academic degree and title; contact details (e-mail); and also the desired status of the participant (audience member, participant in discussion, presenter). For inclusion in the Congress program it is also necessary to send the topic of your address or paper, together with related notes indicating its points of originality.

Business organisations, academic and educational bodies and institutions of civil society are invited to present seminars (for 15-30 participants, with 5-8 presenters) or round tables (up to 20 participants) within the framework of the Forum. To this end, the Organising Committee should be provided before 1 February 2013 with the following information: the overall topic of the seminar (round table) and the main issues (3-5) to be addressed; the initiating organisation; the names of the head of the institution and ofits academic secretary; the presenters (full names and positions held, together with the topics of papers and accompanying notes); and the number of participants expected.

Please address correspondence to the Forum at: info@me-forum.ru

For information: www.me-forum.ru; +7 (495) 781-37-15

The Forum will be held at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Vorobievy Hills, Moscow, Russia.

 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-moscow-economic-forum-20-21-march

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

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Education Crisis

FORUM FOR PROMOTING 3-19 COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION: VOLUME 54 NUMBER 3 (2012)

Just published online at: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/forum/content/pdfs/54/issue54_3.asp

[Printed copies will be posted mid-December]

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

Michael Fielding. Editorial OPEN ACCESS

Peter Moss. Readiness, Partnership, a Meeting Place? Some Thoughts on the Possible Relationship between Early Childhood and Compulsory School Education

Robin Alexander. Neither National Nor a Curriculum?

Colin Richards. Omnishambles: reactions to the second year of Coalition education policies

Jon Berry. Teachers’ Professional Autonomy in England: are neo-liberal approaches incontestable?

Ron Glatter. Towards Whole System Improvement

John Morgan. The Political Economies of Radical Education

Bernard Barker. Grammar Schools: brief flowering of social mobility?

Jane Martin. London’s Jewish Communities and State Education

Catherine Burke. The Decorated School: past potency and present patronage

 

REVIEW SYMPOSIUM
Creating Learning Without Limits (Mandy Swann, Alison Peacock, Susan Hart & Mary Jane Drummond), introduced by Clyde Chitty, reviewed by Tony Booth and Colin Richards

BOOK REVIEWS

The Death and Life of the Great American School System: how testing and choice are undermining education (Diane Ravitch), reviewed by Clyde Chitty
Changing Schools: alternative ways to make a world of difference (Terry Wrigley, Pat Thomson & Bob Lingard, Eds), reviewed by Michael Fielding

 

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 www.wwwords.co.uk/subscribeFORUM.asp

LIBRARY SUBSCRIPTION (campus-wide access) If you are working within an institution that maintains a library, please urge your Librarian to take out a Library subscription so we can provide full access throughout your institution. Detailed information for libraries can be found at http://www.symposium-books.co.uk/downloads/SYM-BOOKS-Rate-List-2012.pdf

For all editorial matters, including articles offered for publication, please contact the Editor, Professor Clyde Chitty, 19 Beaconsfield Road, Bickley, BromleyBR1 2BL, United Kingdom (clydechitty379@btinternet.com).

In the event of problems concerning a subscription, or difficulty in gaining access to the journal articles on the website, please contact the publishers at info@symposium-books.co.uk

 

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Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

 

Heathwood Press: http://www.heathwoodpress.com 

Education Crisis

PICKING UP THE PIECES

‘Picking up the Pieces’ is a Day Conference designed to explore how the next government could begin to rebuild our public education service.

Speakers will be Stephen Twigg MP, Francis Beckett, Tim Brighouse, Councillor Peter Downes, Professor Peter Mortimore and David Wolfe QC.

It will take place on Saturday 17th November 2012 at the Camden Centre in Central London, very close to Euston, St Pancras and Kings Cross stations.

The cost is £25 (including lunch) and booking details can be found at www.campaignforstateeducation.org.uk/pickupthepieces.html

The conference is promoted by the Campaign for State Education, the Socialist Educational Association, Comprehensive Future, the journal FORUM (www.wwwords.co.uk/FORUM) and Information for School and College Governors, and is supported by the Anti-Academies Alliance.

 

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Brian Simon

BRIAN SIMON MEMORIAL LECTURE 2012

You are warmly invited to the

BRIAN SIMON MEMORIAL LECTURE 2012

Education as Reconstruction: Another Way of Looking at Primary Education
MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

Clarke Hall, Institute of Education, University of London
Saturday 24th November 2012, 2.15 pm – 4.00 pm
FREE ADMISSION (no pre-registration, just turn up on the day)

Michael Armstrong was one of the co-authors of Children, Their World, Their Education, the final report of the The Cambridge Primary Review, and in particular of the chapters on the values and aims of primary education. In his lecture Michael will argue that the apparently triumphant standards agenda fails to recognise or to promote children’s distinctive powers of thought and action and is a betrayal of their intellectual needs and interests. He calls for a radically alternative approach to primary education, founded on the centrality of the imagination and he demonstrates the creativity that lies at the heart of learning by means of an extended example of one six-year-old child’s entry into the world of literature.

Michael began his long teaching career at Wandsworth Comprehensive School, London, in 1959. From 1964 to 1970 he was a research officer, first at the Institute of Community Studies, where he worked with Michael Young, with whom he wrote New Look at Comprehensive Schools (1964), and later at the Nuffield Foundation Resources for Learning Project, directed by Tim McMullen. He returned to the classroom in 1970 as a teacher at the radical Leicestershire Upper School, Countesthorpe College. In 1976 he left Countesthorpe in order to carry out research and to teach at Sherard Primary School in Melton Mowbray. During this time he wrote his first book, Closely Observed Children: the diary of a primary classroom. In 1981 he became headteacher of Harwell Primary School in Oxfordshire, where he remained until his retirement in 1999. Since 1986 he has also taught each summer on the MA summer programme of the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, Vermont, USA, as a visiting Professor of English. Since his retirement from Harwell in 1999 he has continued to write, lecture and carry out research into children’s learning, both in England and in the USA where he still teaches every summer. His second book, Children Writing Stories was published in 2006 and a collection of essays entitled What Children Know: essays on children’s literary and visual art, came out in 2011. Michael joined the Editorial Board of FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education (www.wwwords.co.uk/FORUM) in 1964 and has been Chairperson of the Editorial Board since 1994.

 

An A4 ‘poster’ can be downloaded here.

 

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Education

FIXED ABILITY THINKING – CALL FOR PAPERS

CALL FOR PAPERS for a Special issue of FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education

Fixed Ability’ Thinking, and Ability-based Practices in English Schools

This Special Issue of FORUM (www.wwwords.co.uk/FORUM) will re-examine the enduring problem of ‘fixed-ability’ thinking, and ability-based practices in English schools. FORUM board members are increasingly concerned about the way the language of ‘ability’ pervades current thinking about teaching and learning, and the proliferation of divisive approaches to curriculum, assessment and the grouping of children and young people.

It is time to revisit and strengthen our professional understanding of the deep and lasting educational damage caused by ‘fixed-ability’ thinking and practices. We invite readers to contribute compelling accounts of alternative approaches to teaching and learning, free from determinist assumptions about ‘ability’ and from the belief that there are knowable and predictable limits to each child’s learning capacity.

We hope to publish this Special Issue as the first number of 2013, so ask that all final contributions (3000-6000 words) be received no later than 14 December 2012.

Those wishing to contribute should in the first instance contact Mary Jane Drummond: maryjdrummond@yahoo.co.uk

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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We Are the Crisis

We Are the Crisis

THE SUBVERSIVE FORUM: ‘THE FUTURE OF EUROPE’

ZAGREB, CROATIA, MAY 13-19, 2012

Under the umbrella of Subversive Forum a number of events will take place in May 2012 in the Croatian capital, including an international conference dedicated to the main theme The Future of Europe, numerous debates The Crisis of Europe (May 14-15), The Struggle for the Commons (May 16) and Towards the Balkan Social Forum (May 17-18), the Subversive book fair and, during the introductory week (May 5-12), the 5th Subversive Film Festival.

It is no news that the European Union is facing its biggest crisis since it was created. It is at the same time an economic, financial, social and ideological crisis of this project. Across the continent, instead of solidarity we are witnessing a resurgence of national selfishness, the rise of extreme right, intolerance, and racism. The Mediterranean countries who have been hit the hardest by the crisis show us also a possible response to it: the appearance of strong social movements demanding social justice, a different economic model, and direct democracy. Almost everywhere we see the youth on the streets, in Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Romania, but also in the future EU member: Croatia.

Through a critical examination ofEurope’s current crisis, the Subversive Forum will try to outline realistic possibilities for its transformation and the creation of another political, social and economic project across the Old Continent. The keynote speakers include Stéphane Hessel, Michael Hardt, Tariq Ali, Gayatri Spivak, Slavoj Zizek, Saskia Sassen, Christian Marazzi, Samir Amin, Bernard Cassen, Ignatio Ramonet, Eric Touissant, Costas Douzinas, Renata Salecl, and more than 100 participants from 20 different European, African and Asian countries. For one week in May,Zagreb, the town placed almost exactly on the EU’s shifting border, will become both a center of the world’s critical thought and a laboratory of possible political, social and economic alternatives.

The Subversive Forum is endorsed by the World Social Forum.

For more information: www.subversiveforum.com

Contact: info@subversiveforum.com

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Education Crisis

WHAT IS THE WAY FORWARD? FORUM FOR PROMOTING 3-19 COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION – VOLUME 54 NO.1 2012

Just published online at
http://www.wwwords.co.uk/forum/content/pdfs/54/issue54_1.asp
[printed copies will be posted mid-April]

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

WHAT IS THE WAY FORWARD?

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

BOOK REVIEWS
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

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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Marx was Right

LEFT FORUM 2012

March 16-18 at Pace University, NYC

Opening Plenary 6:30 pm Friday

Closing Plenary 5:30 pm Sunday

1400 Speakers, 400 Panels

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mar 09, 2012
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RE: Speakers available for interviews

Left Forum is the only event in the USA where over 1400 influential speakers of Left academic, intellectual and activist persuasion gather together, once each year.

A few of the 1400 featured speakers for interviews include: Michael Moore, Cornel West, Christopher Hedges, Frances Fox Piven, Richard Wolff, John Nichols, Barbara Ehrenreich, Michael Klare, Medea Benjamin, Wallace Shawn, RoseAnn DeMoro, David Graeber, Nnimmo Bassey, Phyllis Bennis, Stanley Aronowitz, John Holloway, Amiri Baraka, Elaine Bernard, Dead Prez, Occupy Think Tank, Adolph Reed, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Marina Sitrin,  Arun Gupta, The Reverend Stephen Phelps, among many others.

Whether one wants to source one or a hundred stories, set up live for dozens of interviews on media row, record clips or segments of panel and plenary sessions, or find out how the Left is influencing and building power in social movements, the attached speakers list will help guide your plans before and during the Forum.

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‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

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Malevolent Pixie

TACKLING MICHAEL GOVE’S EDUCATION REVOLUTION: CAUGHT IN THE [EDUCATION] ACT

Tackling Michael Gove’s Education Revolution

CAUGHT IN THE [EDUCATION] ACT

 

Michael Gove’s new Education Act gives the Secretary of State some 50 new powers. What is the agenda behind this shift of power to the centre? What is the role of profit in these plans? How can education be defended? Join the workshops that will be led by our guest speakers to discuss the way forward.

 

10am – 3.30pm Saturday 19th November 2011
University ofLondonUnion,Malet Street,LondonWC1E 7HY

SPEAKERS:

Clyde Chitty/Melissa Benn – A Divided Education System

David Wolfe (Matrix Chambers) – Implications of the new Education Act

Stephen Ball (InstituteofEducation) – Privatisation

Martin Johnson (ATL) – Edubusiness

Sam Ellis (ASCL) – Paying the Price

Christine Blower (NUT) – The International Scene

Patrick Roach (NASUWT) – What Next?
For more information, please go to: http://tinyurl.com/EducationAct2011

 

Conference fee: £20 (including buffet lunch)

Organised and supported by: Anti Academies Alliance, CASE, Comprehensive Future, FORUM (www.wwwords.co.uk/FORUM), ISCH, Socialist Educational Association

 

 

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