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FORUM FOR PROMOTING 3-19 COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION – VOLUME 53 NUMBER 1 (2011)

Published online at: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/forum/content/pdfs/53/issue53_1.asp

FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education
Volume 53 Number 1  2011     ISSN 0963-8253

SPECIAL ISSUE

A COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM: REAFFIRMATION AND RENEWAL 
Guest Editor: MICHAEL FIELDING

CONTENTS: 

Michael Fielding. Editorial. A Comprehensive Curriculum: reaffirmation and renewal

Clyde Chitty. A Massive Power Grab from Local Communities: the real significance of the 2010 White Paper and the 2011 Education Bill

John Elliott. The Seesaw Curriculum: it’s time that curriculum policy matured

Tony Booth. Curricula for the Common School: what shall we tell our children?

Mike Davies. Curriculum Lost: a festival of errors

Michael Armstrong. Introductory remarks to Robin Alexander’s Brian Simon Memorial Lecture

Robin Alexander. Legacies, Policies and Prospects: one year on from the Cambridge Primary Review OPEN [FREE] ACCESS

Gareth Pimley. Curriculum Autonomy through Curriculum Expertise

Michael Armstrong. Time and Narrative at Eight Years Old: an essay in interpretation

John Morgan. What is Radical in School Geography Today?

Alasdair Smith. Big Society? Better History? Or Same Old Nonsense? Drawing the Battle Lines for the Future of School History

Anne Watson. Mathematics and Comprehensive Ideals

Richard Pring. Can Education Compensate for Society?

Bernard Barker. Can Schools Change Society?

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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)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

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Bonuses for Some

THE POLITICS OF EQUALITY: AN INTRODUCTION

Now in print from Zed Books: The Politics of Equality – An Introduction, by Jason C. Myers
See: http://www.zedbooks.co.uk/book.asp?bookdetail=4389

Why are socialists, communists and social democrats concerned with the distribution of wealth? Why do they place so much importance on public goods such as education and health care? To what extent does democracy matter to socialist ideologies?

In The Politics of Equality, Jason C. Myers sheds new light on questions like this, providing a readable, contemporary introduction to egalitarian political philosophy. Concentrating on ideas and values rather than on the rise and fall of parties and movements, the book offers crucial insights into a vital tradition of political thought and how it is key to our understanding of contemporary debates from Obama’s plans for a national health care programme to the recent global wave of economic state regulation.

This is essential reading for anyone interested in constructing a more just society.

Jason C. Myers is Professor of Political Science at California State University, Stanislaus. He is the author of Indirect Rule in South Africa (University of Rochester Press), as well as numerous articles on ideology and political theory. 

Praise for The Politics of Equality

‘Myers’ Politics of Equality is a thoughtful, learned, simply-written attempt to revive a strain of political theory generally considered refuted by events: communism, socialism, social democracy, and related theories of social equality. It is, perhaps, time for such an attempt. No important political theory remains refuted for long–certainly not by events. Myers’ contributes to the revival of social-egalitarian theory in three ways: a) by making a strong case for the attractiveness of the ideal (a society of equal freedom); b) by suggesting reasonable means to approach that ideal; and c) perhaps most important, by pointing out how little the events of the la st hundred years actually count against either the ideal or the means he suggests. It’s a book that should enliven a discussion dead for too long, as good for the classroom as for circulation among thinking classes.’ – Michael Davis, Illinois Institute of Technology

‘Overuse has made it easy to forget the transformative, everyday makeup of concepts like “freedom” and “justice.” But the fabric of modern life (the 8 hour workday; vacations, public schools, sidewalks, safe food and water) is a legislated, created product, no less a result of human design than a building or a city. The Politics of Equality offers a readable entry into the history of egalitarian political theories invaluable for students of political science, economics, or anyone interested in how id eas are transformed into politics – and eventually, reality.’ – John Bowe, Author of Nobodies: Modern Slave Labor in America

‘Jason Myers’ The Politics of Equality is insightful, historically informed, and ideologically balanced, a commanding discourse on the theory and practice of democracy.’ – Michael Parenti, author of Contrary Notions and God and His Demons

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Radical Education

RADICAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE

Radical education and the common school: a democratic alternative

Friday 18th March 2011

Institute of Education, London

£135 standard rate
A one day conference which aims to recognise the importance of democracy as a value and practice in education, learning from successful examples of democratic education and considering the type of school and the role for local government needed for a democratic education.

Speakers include:

Melissa Benn – writer and journalist

Tim Brighouse – formerly London Schools Commissioner

Mike Davies – founder member of Human Scale Educaiton

Michael Fielding – Institute of Education

Richard Pring – University of Oxford

Peter Wilby – former Editor of the New Statesman

Find out more and register at: www.ioe.ac.uk/tcru/conferences

Booking details now at: http://www.ioe.ac.uk/Radical_education_conference_flier.pdf

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