This book challenges common assumptions and the commodification of education. Within a global context it presents a progressive, egalitarian alternative.
What is knowledge? Who decides what is important? Who owns it? These are central themes which run through this title that aims to change perceptions and understand of education.
Using historical and contemporary examples the authors examine the motivations, conflicts and contradictions in education. In breaking down the structures, forces and technologies involved alternative approaches emerge.
Foreword by Anthony Paré, Professor of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia
1. What is the point of school?
Beacons of hope or factory production lines?
The vision of Education for All
The diploma disease
Learning in and out of school
Is technology the answer?
2. How we learn – in and out of school
A traditional history lesson
The miracle of early childhood learning
The Gradgrind model of education
Street and school mathematics
Cultures in contact: a progressive model
3. Technology is the question, not the answer
Two kinds of technology schools
The possibilities of technology
But what about computers and the internet?
Social media and digital natives
4. Knowledge, curriculum and control
Who decides what is taught in schools?
History and school history: worlds apart
Content versus skills
What do we mean by literacy?
Evolution and/or creationism
5. Instituting difference: how schools reproduce inequality
Selection versus inclusion
'Choice' and private schooling
The IQ test as Sorting Hat
Schooling and gender
Five myths about assessment
6. Neoliberalism: education as commodity
The Atlanta mirage
Payment by results
International league tables (and PISA envy)
Pearson: new markets and a new model
7. Another education is possible
Radical popular alternatives
Freire and education for liberation
Different schooling, different society
The creativity of ordinary classrooms
An alternative vision
A perfect quick-start guide on teaching, learning and policy.
This book offers hope for a truly profound re-imagination of education.
A brilliant little book, which as the title suggests, doesn't mess around and gets to the nitty gritty of what's going in education. It's now a key reading for my students.