Revolution in the Classroom: Part 5, Community and Conclusions

Gareth Stevens discusses the interplay between modern education, neo-liberalism, meritocracy and democracy. In part five he discusses the demise of close-nit communities and how this has impacted on the efficacy of democratic processes and individual wellbeing, before summing up in a short conclusion to parts one to five.   Community Let us be very clear about one thing, your school is not a community school … Continue reading Revolution in the Classroom: Part 5, Community and Conclusions

Revolution in the Classroom: Part 3, a Hong Kong Story

Gareth Stevens continues with his longer discussion of the interplay between modern education, neo-liberalism, meritocracy and democracy. In part three he tells of how the international school he worked in for 11 years failed to engage its students with the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement (or the ‘Umbrella Revolution’ as it was called at the time) and he argues that in not doing so they abdicated a … Continue reading Revolution in the Classroom: Part 3, a Hong Kong Story

Revolution in the Classroom: Part 1

Gareth Stevens discusses the interplay between modern education, neo-liberalism, meritocracy and democracy. He argues for a more participatory and authentic approach to the teaching of democracy and civic engagement. In Part One he introduces the longer piece and discusses whether the term ‘working class’ has any validity within educational and political discourse anymore. “For more than just a day They keep us from the game … Continue reading Revolution in the Classroom: Part 1