Reviews

Review: Chemistry at the Old Fire Station, Oxford

by on January 30, 2013

This is an exhibition of photographs by Dulcy Lott and Imran Uppal. They have worked with a dance troupe, Joe [more…]

Review of Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed

by on June 7, 2012

First published in 1968 this is a world-famous work on pedagogy in the context of a struggle for liberation. The educational criticism and theory is developed in the context of a Marxist dialectic. Even outside of that political context the book still has huge value as a pointer to an approach to teaching which is based on solidarity and not manipulation and oppression.

Original Publication Date: 2010

A review and evalution of the relevance of this work to contemporary education and youth work

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Review of Ivan Illich’s seminal Deschooling Society

by on June 7, 2012

Illich's profound analysis of modern Western societies through the fulcrum of the 'manipulative institution' is as significant an analysis as that of Marx. This brief review summmarises his thought in Deschooling Society.

Original Publication Date: 2010

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A review of The Dangerous Rise in Therapeutic Education by Ecclestone and Hayes

by on June 7, 2012

The book is about the trend in education, at all levels, from primary through secondary to
FE and University towards a new prioritisation of the emotions in learning. Overall a very good depiction of how the folksy, unscientific, notions of psychotherapy are being used to build a new and disturbing kind of 'education' in Britain's state funded schools.

Original Publication Date: 2009

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