Issue 86, January to March 2017Towards one union for education?
Howard Stevenson looks at the likely NUT/ATL merger, including its possible implications for NASUWT and UCU. Baronesses battle
Patrick Ainley investigates current debate about the future of tertiary education. British values: the case for
Stephen Lambert makes the case for ‘Fundamental British Values’ (FBVs) and a Citizenship Diploma. Readers’ views welcome.Whatever happened to teacher training colleges?
Robin Simmons looks back at colleges of education and what they became. Still a new trade unionism in the making?
David Ridley (Branch Secretary, Coventry University UCU) draws some lessons from the recent conference marking the 40th anniversary of the Lucas Plan.Anti-working class snake oil?
Jane Lethbridge considers some of the arguments put forward by those advocating a universal basic income.Review
: Cliff Jones reviews Louise Regan and Tom Unterrainer’s (eds) ‘Standing Up For Education’, Spokesman Books, 2016. Review
: What it’s like to be an H.E. student now Patrick Ainley reviews two recent and contrasting studies: Bruce Macfarlane’s ‘Freedom to Learn. The threat to academic freedom and why it needs to be reclaimed’ (2017); and Lorenza Antonucci’s ‘Student Lives in Crisis. Deepening inequality in times of austerity’ (2016).
Review: Colin Waugh reviews ‘The Great Labour Unrest’ (2016). Social production controlled by social foresight
an article version of a talk given by Colin Waugh at Independent Working-Class Education Network (IWCEN) meetings in 2016.
Prevent: a comment from Becky Winstanley, calling for more discussion and less silencing. Issue 87, April to June 2017T-levels get the go-ahead
Martin Allen looks at the new ‘college based’ technical education pathway: T-levels. Originally appeared at https://education-economy-society.com21st century apprenticeships: a real alternative or something else?
Stephen Lambert looks at the evidence.Tertiary education is in a mess: how to deal with it?
G. R. Evans makes the case for some urgent action.Building a new education system
Sol Gamsu considers the nature of an alternative, emancipatory, system of education. Technology and the human future
Jane Lethbridge reviews Sheila Jasanoff’s ‘The Ethics of Invention: Technology & the Human Future’ (2016). Orthodoxy and the will to autonomy
Beatrix E. Groves sets out a critique of the orthodox, leading to liberation.Do we need a new social history movement?
Dave Welsh looks at building a new social history perspective situated within a broader socialist education movement.The IWW and the Plebs League
Fabian Tompsett examines links between the Industrial Workers of the World and the Plebs League. ‘A third organ’? Antonio Gramsci’s conception of workers’ education.
An article based on a talk given by Colin Waugh on 3/12/16 to the Wakefield Socialist History Group.
Notes on contributors:
Martin Allen’s blog is https://education-economy-society.com. Stephen Lambert is a Newcastle City Councillor, writing here in a personal capacity. G. R. Evans is Professor Emeritus of Medieval Theology and Intellectual History, University of Cambridge. Sol Gamsu’s article was initially published in https://theclarionmag.wordpress.com. Jane Lethbridge is at Greenwich University. For details of Bea Groves, please see p.15. Dave Welsh can be contacted at email@example.com.Issue 88, July to September 2017Growth is OK but what about quality?
Text of a new edition of the Coventry UCU pamphlet detailing issues at stake at Coventry University. ‘You can’t get there from here’
Carlene Cornish details her research into marginalisation and the gatekeeping function of GCSEs. Towards the socially critical educator
Cliff Jones looks at three modes of masters degree on offer for educators. Liberal and General Studies Project progress report
Colin Waugh reports on the progress of the Liberal and General Studies project. Who stole the Town Hall?
Patrick Ainley reviews a new book which shows how austerity has inflicted cuts on local authorities, encouraging them to outsource and downsize so that disasters like Grenfell Tower are not only inevitable but systemic. Grey power or youth-quake?
Stephen Lambert considers whether the old lost the general election for Corbyn or the young for May. Guy Standing’s case for a basic income
Jane Lethbridge reviews Guy Standing’s most recent book advocating a universal basic income. Proletcult: IWCE and the Russian Revolution
In a follow-up to his PSE 87 article, Fabian Tompsett discusses the contributions by Alexander Bogdanov and by Cedar and Eden Paul to the theoretical side of the Independent Working-Class Education movement.
Notes on contributors:
Carlene Cornish can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org. Cliff Jones lives in Sefton, Merseyside. Patrick Ainley was formerly at Greenwich University. Stephen Lambert is a Newcastle City Councillor, writing here in a personal capacity. Jane Lethbridge is at Greenwich University.Issue 89, October to December 2017'The GCSE retake challenge'
Following Carlene Cornish's article in PSE 88, Eddie Playfair (writing in personal capacity) raises further issues surrounding English and maths retakes. 'Labour - past, present and future'
Patrick Ainley and Martin Allen discuss economic and education-related aspects of Labour's current policy proposals. 'Citizenship more vital than ever'
Stephen Lambert argues for more effective citizenship education.'Not a revolution at all'
John Holford argues against the claim by John van der Laarschoft, principal of the recently merged Nottingham College, that provision 'powered by employers' constitutes an 'educational revolution'.'Unions slam the Taylor review'
Martin Allen evaluates Matthew Taylor's review of employment practices.'Academic predators'
David Ridley explains some of the strategies currently being used by vice-chancellors to enrich themselves at the expense of students, lecturers and the public, and suggests ways of organising against this.'Revolutionary learning'
Stephen Cowden reviews the recent study, Revolutionary Learning by Sara Carpenter and Shahrzad Mojab, in the context of recent approaches to critical pedagogy.'Professor Laland's pedagogic theory of evolution'
Patrick Ainley reviews Kevin Laland's book, Darwin's Unfinished Symphony.'Learning analytics: what is it and why do you need to know?'
Sue Timmis discusses the growing trend for data about HE students' study activity to be collected, digitised and used to shape how universities are run.'Dave Gibson'
Colin Waugh pays tribute to former Barnsley College union branch secretary David Gibson who died in July.'Barnsley College: a cautionary tale'
Reprint of Dave Gibson's 2001 PSE article.