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Education Crisis

Education Crisis

PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION RESEARCH SEMINARS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION: 2014–15 PROGRAMME

 

7 Oct 2014 (room 537)
Responsiveness to Reasons
David Bakhurst (Queen’s University, Canada)

 

15 Oct 2014 (room 728)
Unfinished adults and defective children: the nature and value of childhood
Anca Gheaus (Sheffield University)

 

22 Oct 2014 (room 728)
Crises in Education, Crises of Education
Glenn Rikowski (Anglia Ruskin University)

 

29 Oct 2014
To be confirmed

 

5 Nov 2014 (room 728)
Narrativity, childhood and parenting
Judith Suissa (Institute of Education)

 

12 Nov 2014 (room 728)
Recognition, Trust, and Reliance: some considerations on authority, leadership, and power in education

Morgan White (Independent Researcher)

 

19 Nov 2014 (Nunn Hall)
Launch of “Education, Philosophy and Wellbeing: New perspectives on the work of John White”
Edited by Judith Suissa, Carrie Winstanley and Roger Marples. Panel discussion (speakers to be confirmed) followed by wine reception.
Judith Suissa et al.

 

26 Nov 2014 (room 728)
On Being Foreign: art’s disposition as an “exit pedagogy”
John Baldacchino (University of Dundee)

 

3 Dec 2014 (room 728)
Perspectives on the implications of Bion’s epistemology for the work of caring professionals
Joseph Mintz (Institute of Education)

 

10 Dec 2014 (room 728)
The Eternal Recurrence of the Same: Vocational Education in the Second Machine Age
Patrick Ainley (University of Greenwich)

 

See: http://www.ioe.ac.uk/research/64026.html

Free to attend

No registration required

 

Institute of Education, University of London
20 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL
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Education System

Education System

UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON EDUCATION RESEARCH SEMINARS

Dear All

Please see below advance notice of our seminars planned for December.  Please contact me if you would like any further information.

Regards

Veronica

Veronica Burton: Administrator for Research and Knowledge Exchange, Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London, Water Lane, London E15 4LZ

Email: v.a.burton@uel.ac.uk

020 8223 2834

 

5 December 2013

Robbins Remembered and Dismembered, Contextualizing the anniversary

Professor Patrick Ainley

University of Greenwich

1 – 2 pm

Stratford Campus, Cass Building ED2.04

 

12 December 2013

Teacher Subjectivity as a site of struggle: refusing neoliberalisation

Professor Stephen J Ball

Institute of Education, University of London

5 – 6 pm

Stratford Campus, Cass Building 5 – 6 pm

 

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Education in Europe

Education in Europe

EDUCATION IN CRISIS

BOOK LAUNCH AND PANEL DISCUSSION

Tuesday 19 November 2013 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Top Floor Education Building, Goldsmiths College, University of London

New Cross, London SE14 6NW

Contact: Myrna Felix Email: m.felix@gold.ac.uk   Tel:   020 7919 7302

The Centre for Identities and Social Justice at GoldsmithsCollege is pleased to host the launch of ‘Education Beyond the Coalition: Reclaiming the Agenda’ and ‘Education in Europe: the Politics of Austerity’ published by radicaled and available from them / bookshops.

‘Education beyond the Coalition’ edited by Martin Allen  and Patrick Ainley, analyses the education policies of the Coalition – from primary to post-graduate schools – and begins the essential task of presenting alternatives to them.

‘Education in Europe’, featuring contributions from England, France, Greece, Italy and Spain, edited by Ken Jones, brings together, as no other work has yet done, a critical analysis of education policy across the continent and an account of the struggles that have broken out against it.

Panel discussion with Christine Blower, General Secretary of the NUT

ALL WELCOME

Available @ www.radicaledbks.com (£6.99 & £5.99)

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PAT 6

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Education Crisis

Education Crisis

Alternative & Sustainable Universities

SUSTAINING ALTERNATIVE UNIVERSITIES

UK Free University Network (FUN)

Sustaining Alternative Universities

Collaborative Research Conference

1–2 December 2012

Oxford, UK

 

They will admit that little is to be expected from present-day governments, since these live and act according to a murderous code. Hope remains only in the most difficult task of all: to reconsider everything from the ground up, so as to shape a living society inside a dying society. [People] must therefore, as individuals, draw up among themselves, within frontiers and across them, a new social contract which will unite them according to more reasonable principles.’ (Albert Camus, ‘Neither victim nor executioner’, 1946)

Following on from the inaugural meeting of the UK Free University Network held in early 2012, we are calling out to representatives of all free universities and to all those who wish to participate in a conference with a more focused objective.

In recent years, we have witnessed the accelerated neoliberal capitalist colonisation of the university. In the UK (and far beyond) many students are now priced out of higher education and the academic finds him/herself subservient to the logic and interests of capital. In response to this intolerable reality, many groups of scholars, students, and others have come together independently to create alternative, ‘free’ universities.

The ‘Sustaining Alternative Universities’ conference, as a space for coordinating research and sharing knowledge and experience, seeks to support these projects in taking further decisive steps towards the creation of a national movement of individuals and organisations dedicated to the construction and development of alternative democratic, critical, and ultimately sustainable higher education communities.

 

Sustainability: history, dialogue, and practice

The successes of this movement hinge on its sustainability. ‘How can we build, develop, and maintain truly sustainable educational communities outside the existing institutional frameworks?’ is the question upon which our collective investigations and discussions should be founded. Therefore, our collective task is to conceptualise, research, imagine, and, ultimately, cultivate a sustainable movement based on a network of locally-based, sustainable, free universities. We believe that this conference can help us to successfully undertake this task through a three-step process.

Step one: history. An intrinsic element of building sustainability today must surely be to learn from the history of previous projects of popular, democratic and radical education here in the UK, and beyond. Therefore, we invite representatives of each free university to conduct and present research into the history of these traditions in their specific locality, drawing on their own particular influences. Researchers should keep in mind the practical purpose driving this research and consider issues such as: Who participated in these efforts? How were they structured, organised, and sustained? What was the significance of their historical and spatial context? What lessons can be derived from these efforts for our own endeavours today?

We hope that this shared research effort will allow us to both map out a history of popular / democratic / radical higher education in the UK, and to identify ways these can inform our own current projects. Ultimately, this collaborative research endeavour could also help us trace the roots of our network.

Step two: dialogue. The next step is to engage in dialogue with one another, and with our histories. We need to both imagine our ideals and talk freely and openly about the challenges and obstacles that impede our ambitions and objectives today. We need to name the material, social and subjective conditions that constrain the actualisation of our imagination and hopes. At the conference, we aim to draw on our collective experiences in democratic education to create a supportive, democratic space in which participants feel able to share their thoughts, feelings, and ideas in these areas.

Step three: practice. Finally, we need to take the lessons and ideas derived from our historical research and dialogue and put them into practice. The conference will culminate in a session in which we all make plans for practical action to take things forward on a local and national level.

 

Affinities and collaborations

We invite collaboration and co-operation with all. Beyond the Free University Network itself, we particularly welcome collaboration from members of the following groups:

Academic members of the ‘For a Public University’ working group and Campaign for the Public University. We at FUN have not forsaken the mainstream university, and many of our members are not only academics or students, but also active in defending the public university. We recognise the rich traditions of critical pedagogy within the university and the enduring possibilities of its democratic promise. We welcome contributions from all academics.

Members of the Co-operative Movement. Clearly, the co-operative model of organisation offers much for free universities today to draw on, and at least one in the UK is explicitly organised upon co-operative principles. We welcome members of the Co-operative Movement who might contribute to our historical and contemporary understanding of co-operative education, and/or who would like to build bridges between these two movements.

University workers who are not academics. All too often, non-academic staff working in universities are marginalised within or excluded from these discussions. Their contributions, knowledges, experiences and possibilities are overlooked. We seek to redress this situation and invite all those making invaluable contributions to higher education in ways that are not specifically ‘academic’ to participate in this conference.

Students and all those desiring to learn. Critical pedagogy aspires to break down hierarchical boundaries between students and teachers, and to expand the right of learning to everyone whether they occupy the role of ‘student’ or not. In the democratic universities we envisage, students shape their own learning experiences. We welcome contributions from students, past, present, and future.

All others who share our principles, and who are active in creating alternative institutions in other areas of social life, particularly in education. There is much we can learn from each other.

 

An open, democratic, egalitarian, anti-elitist intellectuality

This is a critical pedagogical and political project. This conference is not intended to be a typical academic conference based exclusively on theoretically dense papers and presentations. There is validity, truth, importance, and profound insight in many other methods and ways of expressing knowledge, and we open our conference and minds to these. We believe that narrative – telling stories – is a particularly important means for reaching the personal and social heart of the obstacles and challenges that confront us in our ambitions to create democratic and sustainable learning communities.

 

Where and when

In the spirit of the Occupy movement, we have decided to host this conference on higher education in Oxford for obvious historical reasons.

We propose that the conference will be held on the weekend of 1–2 December 2012.

We recognise the high cost of transport and accommodation and ask those in a position to do so to offer contributions to help unwaged participants to attend. A system will be created to make this transparent and possible.

 

Impact and output

Only joking!

We want this conference to be the turning point at which we really begin to cultivate a sustainable and flourishing free university movement. We hope you can join us for this conference.

If you are interested in participating in the conference and/or in its planning of and preparation, please contact either Sarah Amsler (samsler@lincoln.ac.uk) or Joel Lazarus (joel_lazarus@hotmail.com). 

We aim to have a coordinating committee established by 13 August.

 

Venue

The location of the conference venue will depend on final numbers. However, what is certain is that this conference’s organisation will be guided by fully inclusive principles. This means a family friendly venue with park/playground nearby and a safe indoor space for children of all ages to play. Childcare duties will not preclude participation at this conference. Equally, we will ensure that the venue is fully accessible and that all dietary requirements are catered for. Please contact us if you have any concerns, ideas, or requests.

 

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Lost Generation

Lost Generation

WHY YOUNG PEOPLE CAN’T GET THE JOBS THEY WANT AND THE EDUCATION THEY NEED

New free-to-view E-book 

Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley       

Download here:  e-book -why young people….

Or go to Radicaled: Rethinking Education, Economy and Society at: http://radicaled.wordpress.com/   

Already referred to as a ‘Lost Generation’, after almost two years of Coalition government, young people now have even less to look forward to and are likely to end up worse off than their parents. This publication builds on, develops and updates arguments from our book Lost Generation? New strategies for youth and education (2010) and, in particular, those in our previous e-pamphlet Why young people can’t get the jobs they want (2011)

A paper version is also available @ £3 per copy, contact mar.all@btinternet.com to order.

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Karl Marx

MARX AND PHILOSOPHY REVIEW OF BOOKS: UPDATE 6th SEPTEMBER 2011

New reviews just published online in the Marx and Philosophy Review of Books

·        Barry on two new critiques of economics

·        MacKensie on Žižek and The Lacanian Left

·        Krul on capitalism and ecology

·        Ainley on Anarchism and Education

·        Stone on Cohen on Egalitarian Justice

·        King on A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization

New comments and discussion

New list of books for review all at:  www.marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/

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Just published: Marx and Alienation: Essays on Hegelian Themes (Palgrave Macmillan)

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Jean Anyon

TWO MORE REVIEWS OF ‘MARX AND EDUCATION’ BY JEAN ANYON – PATRICK AINLEY, AND ADAM SANCHEZ

Patrick Ainley reviews Jean Anyon’s ‘Marx and Education’ (Routledge, 2011) in the latest update to the Marx & Philosophy Society Review of Books. See: http://marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/reviews/2011/366

Adam Sanchez also reviews ‘Marx and Education’ by Jean Anyon in the latest issue (No.78) of International Socialist Review. See Sanchez’s review, Radical education theory 101, at: http://www.isreview.org/issues/78/rev-marxeducation.shtml

In my view, both of these reviews rather skate over, or ignore, many of the glaring faults in Anyon’s book. However, I think as many people as possible should read it; in that way, it might become more apparent regarding what the real tasks are for Marxist educational theory.

The obsession with Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis’ Schooling in Capitalist America (1976) continues. Of course, it is a classic work of Marxist educational theory, and continues to be useful. However, I would like to think that Marxists have made some progress in their thinking on education since the seminal work of Bowles and Gintis. See Sarah Knopp’s review, What do schools produce? of the newly-republished classic at: http://www.isreview.org/issues/78/featrev-schooling.shtml  

 

 

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Karl Marx

MARX AND PHILOSOPHY REVIEW OF BOOKS – UPDATE 11th AUGUST 2011

New reviews just published online in the Marx and Philosophy Review of Books

·        Levant on Ilyenkov’s The Ideal in Human Activity

·        Sutton on Badiou on Wagner

·        Ainley on Marx and Education

·        Marshall on Löwy on Combined and Uneven Development

·        Arfken on Critical Companion to Contemporary Marxism

·        Carelton on Hobsbawm’s How to Change the World

New comments and discussion

New list of books for review

All at www.marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/

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Lost Generation

WHY YOUNG PEOPLE CAN’T GET THE JOBS THEY WANT AND WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT

By Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley

The current generation of young people are the most qualified but the most underemployed generation ever. Meanwhile, a third of men and a fifth of women between the ages of 20-34 still live with their parents – in most cases because they cannot afford otherwise.

This e-booklet explains why so many young people are unable of get the jobs and the lives that they want. It challenges claims about the growth of the ‘knowledge economy’ and questions the legitimacy of education programmes designed to ‘raise standards’. With the new Coalition government and most policy makers offering almost nothing, save ‘apprenticeships without jobs’ for the masses and ‘internships’ for ‘the squeezed middle’, the pamphlet offers some preliminary proposals to start addressing the problem.

Available as free download from Radicaled: Rethinking education, economy and society: http://radicaled.wordpress.com/

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It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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Glenn Rikowski

14th MARXISM AND EDUCATION: RENEWING DIALOGUES (MERD) SEMINAR

Understanding the Current Crisis in Higher Education
MARXISM AND EDUCATION: RENEWING DIALOGUES XIV

A Day Seminar

10.30 – 4.30
Saturday April 9th 2011
Institute of Education, University of London
20 Bedford Way, WC1
Room 828

Speakers to include:
Patrick Ainley, Martin Allen, Sarah Amsler, Joyce Canaan, Clyde Chitty, Chris Knight

The seminar is free but places are limited.

To reserve a place and receive a numbered ticket, please contact Alpesh Maisuria at: amaisuria@ioe.ac.uk
A waiting list will come into operation when all the places have been allocated.

Please forward this invite to those who may be interested.

Convenors: Tony Green and Alpesh Maisuria

The MERD Seminars were co-founded by Tony Green and Glenn Rikowski in 2001. The First MERD Seminar took place at the University of London, Institute of Education on 22nd October 2002. For details of the first ten MERD Seminars, see: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=events&sub=MERD

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It starts tomorrow,

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Higher Education Crisis

NEW ACTIVISM OR OLD POLITICS? SOUNDING STUDENT REACTION TO HIGHER EDUCATION’S 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.

Timetable

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 http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/ebooks/radicalfuture.html

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 http://www1.aston.ac.uk/about/directions/. 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 (s.s.amsler@aston.ac.uk) 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 Patrickjdainley@aol.com

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

www.srhe.ac.uk

SRHE Annual Research Conference 2010

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Lost Generation?

EDUCATION IS LOSING ITS LEGITIMACY

Patrick Ainley and Martin Allen have a well-crafted and disturbing article in The Guardian (Further Education) today: “Education is losing its legitimacy – time for staff and students to step in” (p.4).

There is an online version called “What choice for school and college leavers in this job market?” which you can check out at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/apr/13/lost-generation-higher-education-disillusion

Their new book is Lost Generation? New Strategies for Youth and Education (Continuum, published this month). You see more on this here at: https://rikowski.wordpress.com/?s=Lost+Generation

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