Santa has brought us some unexpected history of education content this Christmas, hidden between the covers of David Goodhart’s latest book. Goodhart is a journalist, commentator and former director of the think tank Demos. His previous book, The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics (2017), introduced the categories ‘Anywheres’ and ‘Somewheres’ to the political lexicon […]
The concept of ‘town versus gown’ goes all the way back to the founding of medieval universities, and has played an integral, if not always noble, role in their development.
This call for an education revolution has a longer history than many realise.
A tribute to a 19th century teacher and campaigner for women’s education, who deserves to be much better known.
Edith Hall, author of A People’s History of Classics, was a guest on Radio 4’s Start the Week this morning
In my view, this little known media scholar is one of the most important figures in the history of education in England, and actually in Europe. To find out why, read my tribute in Teach Secondary magazine. If that piques your curiosity, you can find out more in an edition of Radio 4’s In Our Time dedicated to the man. […]
Donald Clark is perhaps unusual amongst edtech entrepreneurs in that he knows his education theory very well. He has distilled this knowledge into a highly readable series of short articles about 100* key educational thinkers, ranging from ancient philosophers to modern-day pedagogists and innovators. Clark outlines their main contributions to education and assesses their legacy. It’s a hugely valuable resource […]
Understanding how schools developed in the past can help us make good decisions about how they should look now and in the future. Are you curious about the past? Are you a keen reader? If the answer to both these questions is yes, you’re in luck. There are history books available about pretty much every aspect of human life over […]
Tuesday 12th May, 8-9pm BST As a lockdown experiment, I’m giving an online version of my introduction to the history of education. 1500 years in 40 minutes, covering the evolution of schools in England from the first grammar school to the beginnings of the state system. It will explain the profound impact that events such as the Black Death, the […]