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LfL Book Launch - Education and Schooling: Myth, Heresy and Misconception by John MacBeath

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In over half a century, what have we learned about education, about schools as places for education, about learning and teaching and the relationship between them? What have we learned about policy-making and the policy process? Has the growing impact of globalisation informed or constrained radical change?

Written in an easily accessible style, and drawing on the author’s personal experiences of working in education as teacher, researcher, government adviser and consultant with international agencies, each chapter of the book illuminates deeper lying issues about the nature of schooling, learning, leadership, research, and the impact of globalisation on the lives of schools, teachers, children and families.

At the talk, there will be readings from the book, including passages censored to protect the guilty. Selected heresies will include:

  • Policy making as member of Tony Blair’s Standards Task Force.
  • A hint of royal scandal as a one time adviser to HRH Prince Charles and King Gustav of Sweden.
  • Govian follies.
  • A rude reception at the Tory Party Conference.
  • A devilish encounter in Santiago.
  • Tetraphobia in Hong Kong.
  • Expelled! Why schooling was a gap in his education.

All welcome. Free to attend. Wine and nibbles served. Please email lfl@educ.cam.ac.uk to register.

This talk is part of the Leadership for Learning: The Cambridge Network series.

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