Youth and Community

The editor of this site had a meeting the other day with the manager of a Youth Project in Oxford (Rose Hill youth club). The idea was to discuss the possibility of the editor helping the youth project to run some photography workshops over the Summer. The meeting/interview lasted about 30 minutes. 20 minutes was […]

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The possibilities for democratic education, an interview with Professor John Schostak, Manchester Metropolitan University. John Schostak, Professor in Education at Manchester Metropolitan University, interviewed about the possibilities of Democratic Education, September 2010. The interview took place in the context of a meeting of the campaign group ‘In Defence of Youth Work’. For some background reading, […]

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The papers on this page concern what is known as ‘youth justice’. They used to be available on a ‘youth rights’ web site which has now closed. They are not directly part of the theme of this web site (critical thinking in the tradition of Illich and Foucault) but we are happy to give them […]

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Something about UK local authorities – unable to grasp any notion of serving anyone’s interest but their own – that is the interests of the ‘managers’ who run them. This is one example – but there are countless. In this story a judge has found that Gloucester County council had erred in removing a child […]

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It has been a theme of this web site that Safeguarding is insincere. Its primary purpose is to protect officials from liabilities that arise from being linked to child abuse. Underlying attitudes towards young people, put simply, a tendency to turn young people into objects, have not changed at all. A real change in attitudes […]

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This is a story about a school in Bristol where they make the students were a ‘lanyard’ round their neck if they are wearing the incorrect school uniform. Something straight out of the worst kind of Victorian schooling. Hard to believe that it can happen in the 21st century. This sort of thing shows conclusively […]

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