Bad education
September 2017
Issue: 
505

Do you ever get that ‘I wish I’d been a teacher’ moment? In this September magazine by co-editor Hazel Healy, we look at how the noble endeavour of education is under threat from powerful business interests, while introducing you to those working to take things in a different direction.

We also unpick why stories that claim to reveal a biological basis to differences between men and women are so persistently popular and learn about how private corporations in Peru are hiring out the police to do their dirty work.

The contents of this magazine will appear here throughout the month.

Included in this issue

The state of education: leaving many behind

How far is the world from the dream of universal education? Hazel Healy reports.

Between a shark and the deep sea

Can a US chain of profit-making schools really help the poor? By Patience Akumu.

Keeping schools open in Yemen

The courageous efforts of Yemeni teachers, as reported by Sawsan al-Refaei.

Bad Education: why our systems need fixing

The Right has captured education. Hazel Healy looks at the political implications.

Deliver us from Venus and Mars

Why are we suckers for stories about the battle of the sexes? Gavin Evans writes.

Revolution in the classroom: Escuela Nueva

Mónica del Pilar Uribe Marín praises Colombia’s best-known pedagogical export, Escuela Nueva.

Er… what is neoliberalism, exactly?

People might not know what neoliberalism is, but they know things are broken. By Chris Coltrane.

When the police are paid by the mine

In Peru, private corporations are hiring public law enforcers, writes Stephanie Boyd.

Girls get back on track in South Sudan

How second-chance schooling turned things around for Nyanrror Teresa Marial.

Risking it: from Cochabamba to the West

The wealthy West is an irresistible dream to many Bolivians, Amy Booth discovers.

A word with Tunisian musician Emel Mathlouthi

Tunisian singer Emel talks to Graeme Green about hope, helplessness and the Arab Spring.

Reviewing our favourite films of the month

Quest, and In between (Bar Bahar): our monthly review of our favourite films of the month.

Other issues