Socialist Teachers Alliance Discussion Document: The Schools Productivity Deal

In 2003 the Treasury produced a document which either got beneath the radar of union bureaucracies, or else became the subject of consultation within government committees which ensured maximum concealment. Entitled ‘Public Services. Meeting the Productivity Challenge’.1 its preamble summed up New Labour economic policy: ‘As well as creating the right environment for business to raise productivity, …

On Delight And Responsibility: What’s Education For?

Introduction The English young people’s author Philip Pullman wrote about the purpose and nature of education in an article for The Guardian of January 22 2005. His poetic assertion was that, “True education flowers at the point when delight falls in love with responsibility.” Pullman was describing the false methods of teaching literacy that have become common …

Distributed Leadership and Managerial Power in Schools

Richard Hatcher University of Central England, Birmingham, UK Paper presented at the Society for Educational Studies and BERA Social Justice SIG Annual Seminar ‘School Leadership and Social Justice’, London, 4 November 2004 One of the central themes of current academic school management and leadership discourse is the notion of distributed leadership. Alma Harris, for example, …

Programme 4: The Perfect Zero

Synopsis   Location: Mali The Saharan desert way of life – dependent on water and camels The borders of Arab and Black Africa Towns of Arouane, Timboctou, Mopti, Djenne and the Bandiagora Escarpment in Dogon country Economic importance of salt and the Niger river Architectural and artistic achievements in ancient settlements Education as key to …

Programme 2: Cocoa, Slaves and Goo

Programme 2: Cocoa, Slaves and Goo Synopsis Location: Ghana, Benin Coastal trade before and after New World slavery African notions of time! Commodity production without industrial and trade rights – fruit, cocoa beans and cola nuts Ganvie (meaning peace at last) an African Venice on and above the water Voodoo  religion 5000 children per annum still sold …

Fun Plants You Can Grow With Your Kids

Most parents find themselves reminding their children to go outside more often. If this sounds familiar, you’d be glad to know that gardening can be a great way to get your kids to venture outdoors more often. Besides, it’s never too early to teach them where food comes from, and the best way to do …