Always good to get a different perspective on education – two recent ones have come my way – this blog from Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds, which Radio 4 listeners might have heard on Thought for the Day, and this one from Robin Alexander from the Cambridge Primary Review Trust, which appeared in my inbox last week. Both place the primacy of the child or young person at the core of what we are doing, rather than “the nation” or “the economy”, as important as those are to some.
Also worth reading from Robin is this blog post, which refers to a useful debate about the Global Education Reform Movement (GERM) that is happening in the US, where Gene Glass does the necessary work on debunking or destroying (in some cases) some of the main assumptions that are made by politicians when they are talking about education. It is worth remembering in this context that we have not had an education secretary/minister in post since 1957 that lasted more than 4 years, with the exception of Sir David Eccles and Sir Keith Joseph. This means that headteachers in general outlast education secretaries, as do most teachers in a single post. As every education secretary wants to improve on or show they are better than their predecessor, it is no wonder that the GERM has arisen to infect us all. This list is provided kindly last year by Geoff Dean from this presentation.