The Politics of Teaching and Learning

One more from the earlier blog. Much has changed since then, but I like this post - and the video, which I just watched on a new android tablet, marking changes in technology moving on apace. What I said back then was "This course has been a real surprise - sometimes the sessions I think may be least useful directly to my research (come on, I have to be pragmatic, it's tough working and studying too - actually, the fact that I have to are part of what I've learnt as well, this is not a middle class experience for the most part) are the most thought-provoking." Well, Carl Rogers it seems has had more impact on me than Karl Marx, but read on...

This particular session was a revelation, bringing me up sharp and causing me to re-evaluate my own place in the education system that has had such a big impact on my personal development, my aspirations, my lived existence. I learnt that all education is political, suffused with power and authority and all its reinforcing symbols - and I made instant connections with my own school and work rebellions - appropriate celebrity biog chapter: the troubled years. But, no, not troubled, rather appalling, wasteful, cruel - and it still goes on, the schools turning out drones for uninspiring, insecure and even dangerous work while the state elite nurture their children for the boss class.

In short, a few rather intense hours on a saturday have changed the way I see the world. Mr Lennon knew:


We don't live in an age of heroes, so John was being ironic, but anyway, with my usual oppositional gusto, I do have heroes - just not many: Gandhi, Tony Benn and now my Professor for this session, the inestimable Clive Harber. And now, I add without hesitation: Aldous Huxley and Carl Rogers. Isn't life just full of surprises!

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