‘Of all the analogies ever put to paper on the nature of ‘the state’, the teaching environment seems to be the least obvious one. Yet that overlooks one of the sharpest, even if it does lack the romantic imagery of a ‘leviathan’ or hypothetical power plays with red phones.’Read More Why teaching is a great analogy for the state
Mass funded teacher exchange programmes, international conferences, pooled resources – all of it should achieve national attention as an optimistic and positive pursuit. Education should not only appear on the news when there’s a strike or a government debate, but as a regular policy crusade engaged in internationally to make our children, all of us, the best humans that we can be.Read More Why do we not export curricula like we do weapons?
Since coming to power in 2007, the SNP has placed great emphasis on quality primary education as a defining factor in shaping the lifelong prospects of children. Yet in the run-up to the Scottish referendum, it’s a curious anomaly that neither the Better Together or Yes Campaign have challenged for their advantage the widespread assumption that Scottish education has always been run by Westminster.Read More Devolution and the myth of Westminster control?