Can I direct people to a really interesting set of articles published by open Democracy. The articles draw together various thinkers to discuss what the role of education is in rebuilding democracy and equality in the contemporary world.
- In the age of Brexit and Trump, we need ‘development education’ more than ever
- Learning in a ‘movement moment’
- Our crisis of democracy is a crisis of education
- Is politics and policy too toxic for Dewey?
- I went to a state grammar school but no they are not the answer
- In a world of hate, fear and ‘alternative facts’, education really does matter
- Teaching schoolchildren in east London to discover their political voice
I don’t agree with everything that is written in these articles, but I think that they are asking some important questions. We are living in challenging times. Times which are defined, in part, by a loose commitment to the truth and by an attempt to role back a set of ideas that many of us thought constituted permanent progress. In such times education surely has a role in making citizens who can question, explore where the truth really is and consider what society should look like.
These articles help to think through some of these questions.