Another School Is Possible

December 2006
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    6th December 2006
  • ISBN 9781905192137
  • Language English
  • Pages 148 pp.
  • Size 5.875" x 8.5"
  • Images illus
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In an age of globalization, climate change, famine and war, young people need to make sense of the world and decide how they can work together to change it.

Schools are dominated by testing, league tables and competition. But it doesn’t have to be like this. We can learn from schools here and across the world--from Norway to California--that manage to provide meaningful learning for their students.

Backing up his case studies with an analysis of educational theory, Terry Wrigley has produced a book for everyone who believes that “another world is possible”--that we need another kind of school and what it might be like.

Co-published with Bookmarks Publications.

“With the steamroller policies flattening teachers, students and children, we need this book to stop the machine in its tracks.”

Michael Rosen, children's author and broadcaster

Introduction: PART ONE: WHAT IS HAPPENING TO SCHOOLS? 1) Tested to destruction; 2) Full-spectrum surveillance; 3) Improving schools—or speeding up the conveyor belt? 4) Dividing communities, privatising schools; 5) Standardised schools, excluded students; PART TWO: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? 6) Community and democracy; 7) ‘Literacy’ is just not good enough; 8) Curriculum, class and globalization; 9) What should citizenship classes really look like? 10) Conclusion: Resistance and renewal; appendix: Other places, other schools; Notes.

Terry Wrigley

Terry Wrigley is visiting Professor at Leeds Metropolitan University.